Amateur rider Jason Carver is hoping for a hat-trick of wins at the oldest horse race in the country.
The 45-year-old of Quadring Eaudyke will be competing in the Newmarket Town Plate on Thursday, July 7 (1pm).
The race opens the largest race meeting at Newmarket’s historic July Course.
This year sees a maximum field of 15 runners including two MPs and one of the wealthiest sheikhs in racing.
Carver – who won the race in 2013 and 2015 – said: “This is a very special year as it celebrates 350 years of horse racing at Newmarket.
“The race was started and the initial running won by King Charles II in 1666.
“In 2015 I won the race by a neck in the longest flat race in the country at 3¾ miles.
“Although I rode a lot as a child I didn’t ride from 14 years old until I was 38.
“In 2014 I had a skin cancer operation while my horse suffered a serious tendon injury in preparation for that year so to come back in 2015 and win was some story.
“In 2013 I had only owned the horse for 10 days before I raced and had to overcome losing my first horse a week before the race.
This is a very special year as it celebrates 350 years of horse racing at Newmarket.Jason Carver
“I also work closely with local race horse trainer Conor Dore.”
The original October slot for the Town Plate has since been moved but Newmarket Racecourses have upheld the tradition of the historic race for amateur riders.