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Macmillan charity day at York Races

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12:00am 16th June 2012

Building on forty-two years of popularity with racing fans and having already raised over £5.2 million for good causes, there are three new ways to support Macmillan Charity Day at York Racecourse on Saturday June 16th.

Firstly, the 2012 running will see the inaugural Macmillan Charity Race, a chance for twelve supporters to "ride the dream" as they participate in a nine furlong race around the famous Knavesmire. Each has pledged £2,500 to the charity and you can help them beat this target by visiting their donation pages on just giving. Aged from twenty to sixty four the mixed group also represent many walks of life as two vets, a television presenter and dentistry all feature, with the insider pressure falling on Thirsk Racecourse's Marketing Manager and a trainer.

The second innovation is that the Silent Auction so generously supported over the years is now available on line and in advance of the raceday.  This means everyone can place a bid for wonderful items such as a private tour of the Queen's Stud at Sandringham, a guided tour of Middle Temple followed by lunch, a diving holiday in Tanzania as well as signed breeches from current champion jockey, Paul Hanagan. Other items include a dinner party in the winning bidders own home catered for by Rudding Park head chef  Stephanie Moon as well as hotel stays, fine dining experiences and various racing opportunities. Visit the yorkracecourse website and follow the link to make your bid.

Thirdly, a Listed race has been added to the racing programme making it the highest quality card ever run on this day; generously supported by Mr Ian Hall and his wife Kate, the Ganton Stakes offers £33,000 in prize money and provides another reason to attend the day, just by that attendance, racegoers will increase the money raised for charity.

Racing begins on Saturday with the Macmillan Charity Race at 1.20pm. Saturday's principal race is The Bond Tyres Trophy, one of Britain's richest sprint handicaps for three-year-olds, supported once again by Bond International of Pocklington, a global tyre distribution company headed by local businessman and racehorse owner, Reg Bond. The roll of honour in this £80,000 race over six furlongs includes top sprinters such as Cadeaux Genereux and Sheikh Albadou, locally-trained stars Tax Free, Dazzling Bay, Artie, and last year's winner, Lexi's Hero - trained in Hambleton by Kevin Ryan.

Saturday also features the 24th running of The Queen Mother's Cup, the richest contest for lady amateur riders in Britain and a contest won by The Princess Royal in 1988. It offers an opportunity for the successful rider to toast her success as the champion wins their own weight in Pol Roger champagne.

For the fourth year, Ladbrokes support a valuable handicap over nine furlongs - The ladbrokes.com Handicap Stakes. The high standard continues on this Charity Day with The Richard Howard-Vyse Memorial Stakes followed by The Reg Griffin Appreciation EBF Maiden Stakes, a brace of contests named in honour of a much missed York Race Committee Member and the founder of this Charity Day in 1971. Proceedings come to their traditional close with The Charles Henry Memorial Stakes.

Macmillan Charity Day is part of a two day meeting with racing on the Friday beginning with the backing on the European Breeders' Fund for a maiden over the minimum trip of five furlongs. Neptune Investment Management make the first of two visits to York as a sponsor, backing a handicap contest over the extended ten furlongs that was won by Sea Moon from the yard of Sir Michael Stoute last season. This classy colt went on to win the Great Voltigeur at York in August, this famous Group Two contest will also benefit from the backing of Neptune Investment Management this season. While The SKF Rous Selling Stakes is supported for the eighth year by engineering company, SKF (UK) Ltd. when DBS (Doncaster Bloodstock Sales) will bring the excitement of the Sales Ring to the Winner's Enclosure with an auction straight after the race. The latest addition to the ranks of publications designed to help you find a winner, Racing Plus, backs a seven furlong affair that looks tricky to solve. On a card full of variety, the concluding race is a handicap contest for apprentice jockeys supported by the company who help to keep the racecourse spic and span, York-based Future Cleaning Services.

The totepool-supported 'Punters' Panel' takes place prior to racing on both days from the winner's podium as a preview to the action on each day, while giant screens will provide racegoers with an even closer view of proceedings on the track.

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