Ascot has welcomed a spectacular sculpture, new for the Discover Racehorse Ownership Weekend, to be enjoyed for the rest of the Jumps season.
This impressive structure, created by Ben Lee of BL Sculptures, depicts the exuberant jump of current National Hunt superstar, Altior. Incorporating 572 recycled horseshoes, including two of Altior’s own, as well as eight litres of paint and took seven months to create.
Altior, trained by Jumps legend Nicky Henderson, and ridden for most of his career by Nico de Boinville, is currently unbeaten over obstacles. Having raced to victory twice at Ascot - most memorably earlier this year in the Clarence House Chase – he looks set to run in the Christy 1965 Chase here on Saturday 23rd November.
Ben Lee is self-taught and based in the Cotswolds. He discovered his skill for welding when creating centre pieces and table numbers for his wedding in 2016 and has been making sculptures from recycled horseshoes and metals ever since. Having discovered a love of horses at age 12, Mr Lee has worked in both show jumping and racing before beginning his career at the furniture company, Tom Faulkner. He hopes to make his art a full-time profession in the future.
Speaking about the sculpture, Mr Lee emphasised his admiration of the Nicky Henderson trained superstar, citing Kauto Star, Best Mate and Tiger Roll alone as being his equals.
He credits Altior’s ability to command a race and jump in such an extraordinary style as being his inspiration for this creation. Having seen a memorable picture of Altior tackling a fence in the bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown this April, Mr Lee knew he had to show his
appreciation for the incredible horse through his immortalising the moment in metal.
Having travelled by lorry to Ascot on the 8th of November, the sculpture will be in place next to the Parade Ring for the remaining Ascot Jumps season fixtures and is offered for sale by BL Sculptures.
The sculpture will be on display throughout the Jumps season at Ascot, including at the Discover Racehorse Ownership on 22nd and 23rd November.
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