BHS Charity Flat Race returns at Newbury

The British Horse Society has announced the return of its charity flat race at Newbury Racecourse. Following the success of last year’s race which saw £25,000 raised for the charity, 12 new amateur jockeys have stepped up to take on the challenge for 2019.

A brand new set of aspiring jockeys will be heading to the starting line at Newbury Racecourse on November 7 to take part in The British Horse Society’s annual one mile charity flat race.

These jockeys, including international eventer Nick Gauntlett, will be training and racing towards a £2,500 fundraising target in aid of a BHS charity campaign of their choice. Before the race day, the jockeys are required to complete a gruelling fitness test to ensure they comply with racing fitness standards.

Eventer Nick Gauntlett will take part in the race. Photo: British Eventing

Tracy Casstles, Director of Fundraising at The British Horse Society said: “I am delighted to introduce our inspiring set of jockeys who will be riding in our charity flat race. The jockey’s training has been intense and unlike any riding or training many of them have done before so it’s certainly putting them through their paces.

“Last year’s race ended in an exciting dead heat and the £25,000 raised made a huge contribution to our charitable work. We look forward to another phenomenal day and seeing if the jockeys can smash last year’s fundraising total.”

The charity race takes place at midday on Thursday November 7. Tickets cost £55 and include entry to the afternoon racing, and to an exclusive lunch and auction.

Sophie Conway, an Australian Rules footballer, is one of the riders taking part          Photo:  John Smithson

BHS members are entitled to 50% off tickets for afternoon racing using the discount code BHS19 (does not include lunch).

Full details and tickets available here.

The jockeys heading to the starting line on 7 November are (in alphabetical order):

 

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