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Cheltenham charity race to benefit Greatwood

JASON LOOSEMORE swaps his day job as clerk of the course at Newton Abbot to show his skills as a jockey in the Greatwood Charity Race, which brings the curtain down on Cheltenham's Open meeting on Sunday.

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Newbury's managing director Stephen Higgins and marketing manager Harriet Rochester also compete, as a total of nine riders get the opportunity to ride a winner at Cheltenham.

Completing the line-up are Gemma Dawson, finance director of the British Horseracing School, Darley employee Sarah Kilby, Flintstone Stud manager  Elle Tanner, Worcestershire stable lass Penny Schaffer, Steve Dunn from Solihull  and the oldest rider, 46-year-old David Weston from Thirsk.

The race has been organised by Sarah Oliver of the Amateur Jockeys' Association and proceeds from the race, including entry fees, will benefit Greatwood, the racehorse rehabilitation charity.

Greatwood has been caring for retired racehorses for 19 years and three years ago launched Horse Power, a unique programme which has so far allowed more than 700 children with special needs to interact with horses.

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