Oscar-winning actress is patron of Halton racehorse centre

Judi Dench.

Judi Dench.

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Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench has landed an important new role – as principal Patron of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre at Halton.

The centre is the biggest in Britain dedicated to the retraining and rehoming of retired racehorses to give them happy and useful lives once their racing days are over.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to become principal Patron of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.”