A group of amateur riders will be racing to raise funds for a major animal charity on Saturday.
Among them is Carina Mckeown, daughter of Lady Cecil, who will be having her first ride in public on Phosphorescence and carrying the famous colour of the Niarchos family carried to victory in the Oaks in 2007 by Light Shift trained by her late step-father Sir Henry Cecil.
A qualified solicitor, Carina who works for the National Association of Stable Staff in Newmarket, has taking her preparation for her big day very seriously. She rides out every morning from the Warren Place where her mother now trains and has been honing her skills at the British Racing School with former jockey Michael Tebbutt.
“Horses give my family and I our living – as well as having provided us with some of the happiest moments of our lives. It is now time to give something back,” she said.
Other riders with strong racing backgrounds due to take part are Rosie Marguson, daughter of trainer George who is based at Newmarket’s Graham Lodge Stables, Samantha Hills, daughter of Derby winning jockey Michael and granddaughter of legendary trainer Barry, and Robbie Mills, who works for town trainer Rae Guest and recently had responsibility for riding Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome during his stay at the trainer’s Hamilton Road yard.
Local beautician Amy Drummond is a talented event rider and the daughter of Newmarket councillor Andy Drummond and she and fellow ‘jockey’ Katy Reed have been practising their race riding skills at the British Racing School.
Saturday’s race is part of the Animal Health Trust (AHT)’s Gala day, and is the first such charity event to be included at the annual fundraising event at the July Racecourse which showcases the crucial role the charity plays in the equine industry.
AHT chief executive Dr Mark Vaudin, said: “We are thrilled to have all of these riders signed up to take part in our charity race, and we know it will be a fantastic experience for them.”
To support the riders and find out more about the raceday and how to bid in a silent auction whose lots include two Caribbean holidays and a signed Manchester United shirt, go to www.aht.org.uk/galaraceday