Horse racing will be doing its bit for Sport Relief this weekend with courses up and down the country participating in fundraising activities for the charity.
Six courses racing this weekend will be donating £1 to Sport Relief for every advance ticket sold. And, to mark racing’s involvement, for the first time ever Sport Relief will be taking over the winning line at each of the courses with a special Sport Relief finishing post.
The participating courses are Lingfield Park, Kelso, Market Rasen, Newbury, Wincanton and Wolverhampton who will be involved in a range of fundraising initiatives. Bangor-on-Dee will be holding a bucket collection on the Saturday, whilst Sedgefield will be holding a Sport Relief mile on the course on Sunday 23 March. And, whilst Aintree does not race that weekend, the Grand National course will also donate £1 of every advance Ladies’ Day ticket (Friday 4 April) which is bought on Friday 21 March.
Some of jump racing’s top stars have already done their bit for the charity. Jockeys Aidan Coleman, Sam Twiston-Davies and Mattie Batchelor, together with Channel 4 Racing’s Emma Spencer joined join Radio1 Breakfast presenter, Nick Grimshaw on Monday during his 12 hour cycle for Sport Relief. Swapping racehorses for bikes, the foursome joined Nick in a large, transparent box at the BBC's Broadcasting House as he attempted to rack up an astonishing 1,000 miles in 12 hours.
Rod Street, Chief Executive of Great British Racing said, “We’re delighted that so many of Britain’s courses have rallied to support Sport Relief. The charity makes a real difference to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world. We’re grateful to the courses, jockeys, owners and members of the public who are helping racing to do its bit.”
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