Moorcroft Charity Raceday At Plumpton Is An Unbridled Success
Towards the end of October Plumpton Racecourse hosted the 18th annual charity raceday in aid of Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, based in Slinfold, West Sussex.
Early rain didn’t dampen spirits with over 2,100 racegoers in attendance including 375 in the Plumpton Marquee for the charity lunch and another 200 in hospitality. The drizzle subsided which meant no children’s face paints were smudged so we had happy racegoers of all ages.
Plumpton Racecourse and Moorcroft held a live and silent auction, both of which were well supported by generous donations and bids alike. Over £32,000 was raised for the Moorcroft charity from this alone. Tim Fox, chairman of Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre comments: “We had a record number of hospitality guests this year and we are delighted with the generosity of both guests and racegoers. This is our flagship event to raise funds for the charity and we are grateful to Plumpton for their continued support.” The final amount raised has not been confirmed but it is hoped the amount will exceed last year’s record £67,000.
The Shetland Pony race was well supported with 15 runners who had all been sponsored, with sponsorship money going to the Moorcroft charity. 2016 Champion Flat jockey Jim Crowley was there to watch his daughter, Alice as was one of the world’s greatest flat jockeys, Ryan Moore, whose son Toby was riding in his first race. Grand National winning jockey, Leighton Aspell, was by the rails also, to cheer on his children Niamh and Lucy.
It was Daisy Harrop aboard The Gifford Flyer who flew to victory ahead of Alice Robinson aboard Bugsey who took the runner up spot and Madeleine Reader-Smith who took third on Little Bucks.
76 horses were declared across the 7 race card which saw big training yards such as Paul Nicholls, Alan King and Nicky Henderson as well as the local yards of Suzie Smith, Gary Moore and Chris Gordon in attendance.
Paul Nicholls took the Gerald Karn-Smith Memorial Chase with debutant Ridgeway Flyer under Sam Twiston-Davies. Jamie Moore steered Stoical Patient to victory for his father, Gary. This was the horse’s first run after a long layoff.
The Chris Gordon yard took the Geoffrey Budd Partnership Maiden Hurdle with Highway One O One – the horse’s second win of two starts. The yard also took the spoils when lass Maisie Grainger notched up another Best Turned Out prize, this time for Night Generation, in the SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle.