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York Racecourse Macmillan Charity Day Reaches £6,000,000


7:25am 16th June 2014

Macmillan Charity Raceday returned to York Racecourse on Saturday 14 June for the 44th year and has now raised more than £6 million for Macmillan and other good causes over the years. It is Macmillan’s largest single fundraising event and the biggest charity raceday in the country.

This year it attracted a bumper crowd of over 28,300, an increase of 3% on last year, who witnessed See The Sun land the BetBright Charity Sprint, the £100,000 feature of the afternoon. Demonstrating that fairytale quality only sport can provide, the horse is owned by Charles and Dorothy Stephens who have sponsored the final race on the day in memory of their son for nearly twenty years. The horse was trained by Tim Easterby making it back to back victories for both yard and owners after Body And Soul won the race last season.

The Raceday is a collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support and York Racecourse, so based on the attendance and support of hospitality guests and race sponsors, the Racecourse makes a significant contribution to the charity kitty. This is then boosted by the proceeds from a fabulous auction where the racing world comes together to both provide the auction lots and then to bid for them. Other fundraising activity included collections on course, a silent auction and a grand raffle which this year sold all 10,000 available tickets.

The Macmillan Charity Race is the final part of the fundraising jigsaw puzzle, following an afternoon of top quality horse racing under the formal rules, twelve intrepid amateur riders take part in the Macmillan Charity Race over nine furlongs of the famous Knavesmire turf. Each of the riders had pledged to raise at least £2,500 each for a chance “ride their dream” and in the end, they more than doubled that total, raising over a fantastic £71,000 between them. The record books will show that the race itself was won by Chloe Fairley aboard Checkpoint after a thrilling finish with Extraterrestrial, partnered by Peter Fahey.

Commenting on the day, James Brennan, York Racecourse, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship said:

“It’s been another great day for good causes, so many people work so hard to deliver this day that is wonderful to see the crowds turning out to support it. The Macmillan Charity Race riders can be proud of their efforts both on and off the track. A huge thank you to all the supporters, to have raised over £6 million is a fantastic achievement.”

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