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York to host fundraiser for the Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation | Horse racing news

Edward Whitaker

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York Racecourse: Will host the charity’s tenth anniversary dinner on Tuesday

Edward Whitaker

A silent auction to raise money for the Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation went live ahead of the charity’s tenth anniversary dinner at York Racecourse on Tuesday.

Among the 23 lots available at auction are a private tour of Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, hotel stays, spa days and a private riding lesson with Olympic silver and European gold medalist Nicola Wilson.

Funds raised this year are expected to be used for a research fundraising appeal overseen by the Meningitis Research Foundation for studies of meningitis B.

More information about the auction can be found at www.jumblebee.co.uk/jessicabethell while donations can be made at www.meningitis.org/remembrance-funds/jessica-bethell

Exceptional entrance to Hamilton at the launch of the second season of Sky Bet Sunday Series

Hamilton is set to host near-maximum fields when the first meeting of the Sky Bet Sunday Series kicks off this weekend, with the course attracting 194 entries on Tuesday.

The initiative’s second season – which includes a total prize pool of £1.2million and bonuses totaling a further £250,000 – is spread over six meetings with all seven races on each card shown live on ITV4 at the end. afternoon/early evening.

Among the incentives is a £100,000 bonus for the first jockey to ride seven series winners.

“The £100,000 bonus certainly focuses the mind!” said Paul Mulrennan. “With five of the six fixtures in the north, where I am based, I will definitely go all out.

“There will be a lot of jockeys like me who think it will be difficult, but not impossible. It’s great to see Sky Bet, ITV and racetracks coming together to put on the series.

“Hopefully Hamilton Park will be rewarded with a decent crowd and plenty of young first time racing fans and judging by the entries it looks like the sport is really falling behind the series which is great to see .”

Additionally, there are bonuses worth £100,000 for owners and £25,000 for trainers, as well as valuable prizes for stable staff and the first apprentice.

The ITV presentation is set to be aimed at newcomers to the sport, with a list of presenters including Luke Harvey, Leonna Mayor, Megan Nicholls and Timeform’s Dan Barber, with commentary from Mark Johnson.

Sky Bet Sunday Series

May 8 – Hamilton Park
May 22 – York
June 5 – Musselburgh
June 19 – Pontefract
August 7 – Haydock Park
August 21 – Sandown Park

Racetracks recognized for their excellence by the Association of Union Owners

Six racetracks received an award of excellence for their efforts to help union members feel welcome and treated well on race day.

Newmarket, which hosted the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate’s first UK success with Cachet in the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, is one of the courses to be recognized by the Racehorse Syndicates Association (RSA) along with Ascot, Fontwell, Southwell, Uttoxeter and York .

Beverley Frith at Kempton, Carly Sage at Aintree and Diana Wilder at Leicester received individual recognition for their outstanding liaison with union owners.

RSA Chairman Dan Abraham of Foxtrot Racing said: “The Racehorse Syndicates Association is delighted to recognize courses that have demonstrated excellence in liaising with the ownership groups, including flexibility around badges, meals and access to the paddock.

“With syndication being the only form of ownership that is growing, the role of racetracks in providing an exceptional ownership experience for shared ownership groups is vitally important to our sport.”

Mark Clayton, Managing Director of Southwell, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from RSA members.

“We understand the importance of looking after groups of condominiums as well as single owners. We hope that every owner attending Southwell will have a great experience and we are delighted that our approach is recognized and appreciated by RSA members. “

The awards, which were introduced this year, will be presented annually.


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FIRST POSTED AT 3:09 PM, MAY 2, 2022