Moorcroft Raceday was outstanding success

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre celebrated another outstanding fundraising day at Plumpton racecourse this week, when a record number of 384 people  attended its 19th charity lunch and auction in the trackside marquee.

Chairman of trustees Tim Fox announced that all races had been sponsored early, with Hunters Estate Agents and Coral stepping in to support two remaining races.

Moorcroft chairman Tim Fox

He added: ” The silent auction has attracted 45 items this year and 12 impressive items will be put under the hammer

The auction saw racing personality Mike Cattermole put these main lots under the hammer to raise what is expected to be a significant sum, and possibly a record amount, for this very worthy cause.

Some individual items which were sold included: A private tour of Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket with an afternoon’s racing and hospitality at Rowley Mile Racecourse at the  Craven meeting; A Brighton and Hove Albion package with a signed shirt, two tickets to watch Brighton v Manchester City at the Amex; a portrait of a favourite dog or horse by artist Judy Goodman; a Holiday for Two in Spain for five days at a hacienda, including five days of riding; A day at Goodwood Racecourse in a private box;  A night to remember at the Goring Hotel.

Auctioneer Mike Cattermole in action

Other lots were a morning on the gallops with trainer Paul Nicholls and an overnight stay at the Manor House Inn, Dicheat; a tour of Bluebell Vineyard  for 10 people followed by a three course lunch with wine; a tour of Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary, owner by John Magnier;  a private hospitality box at Newmarket Racecourse with 12 badges and car parking and finally a Day Behind the Scenes with Brough Scott MBE at ITV racing for two people.

The star prize for this year’s £10 draw was an overnight stay at Buxted Park Hotel with a  three-course dinner and breakfast for two people.

A presentation was also made by Moorcroft chairman Tim Fox to Alison Blake of Plumpton Racecourse for her expert organisation of this important raceday.

The event plays a vital part in helping to fund the retraining of ex-racehorses at this outstanding centre of Moorcroft at Slinfold, under the expertise of manager Mary Frances. The centre’s retraining programme enables horses retrained there to go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives outside racing.

A retrained ex-racehorse at Moorcroft Photo: Jeannie Knight

The raceday itself opened with the traditional pony race, which attracted  enthusiastic competitors.

Shetland pony racing on Moorcroft Day at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Feature race of the day was the running of the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy, marking the achievements of Findon trainer the late Josh Gifford, who died in 2012. As a jockey he rode 68 winners at Plumpton between 1960 and 1970 and went on to train 112 winners at the track.

The next Plumpton meeting is on Monday November 5. Gates Open: 11:30pm with the first race at 1.30pm and the last at 4pm.

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