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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Uttoxeter keeps charity on course with good turnout for prostate cancer checks

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Spirling colts by Nichola Eddery, part of the Celebrating The Turf exhibition at the Osborne Studio Gallery
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Charitable organisation Uttoxeter Lions saw a 40 per cent increase in participants as they hosted their annual prostate cancer check at the town’s racecourse this month.

It is estimated five lives are saved every year as a result of their free tests and, with 510 men queuing outside the track's Hoops Bar this year, that figure could increase again.

“There’s been a big spotlight on prostate cancer in the last 12 months and I think that contributed to how many people turned out at our recent event,” said Lions president Steve Shields.

Several men at the event told Shields their lives had been saved by tests conducted at previous events, including Dave Evans, who donated £100 to the cause.

“When people say we’ve helped save their lives, you almost feel a bit embarrassed,” Shields said. “But when you’re looking at the whites of someone’s eyes and they’re thanking you, it reminds you we’re doing something really worthwhile.”

Sporting teams raise £20,000

Team captains Frankie Dettori and William Haggas are pictured here presenting a cheque for £20,000 to the Newmarket branch of Multiple Sclerosis, with proceeds raised by a 'Question of Sport' evening held at Tattersalls last November.

Frankie Dettori and William Haggas present a cheque for £20,000 to the Newmarket branch of Multiple Sclerosis

The event was hosted by Clare Balding, who was joined by ex-cricketer Nick Knight, Racing UK presenter Nick Luck, trainer Mick Quinn, dressage trainer Dane Rawlins and rugby player Simon Shaw. 

Professor Robin Franklin received the cheque on behalf of the Myelin Repair programme, an innovative research project based in Cambridge.

Cup win helps Irish Injured Jockeys Fund

BetBright donated £10,000 to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund on Tuesday to mark Ireland’s 17-11 victory over Britain at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Formerly known as the Prestbury Cup, the BetBright Cup is awarded to the country with the greatest number of festival winners and this year was handed to the Irish captain, snooker player Ken Doherty.

The cheque was presented to the charity by Rich Ricci, executive chairman of BetBright, at the Punchestown festival to help fund their important work supporting jockeys.

Rich Ricci, executive chairman of BetBright, presents the cheque at the Punchestown festival

Tribe sets out to recruit young members

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing hosted the launch of the new Tribe Syndicate at Beaufort House in Chelsea on Wednesday in a bid to introduce a younger audience to racehorse ownership.

They welcomed a host of glamorous guests, headed by model Frankie Herbert and sister Chloe, daughters of Harry Herbert, the founder of the racehorse ownership company.

Joining them were Sunday Telegraph columnist Lady Alice Manners, artist Sabrina Percy, actor Elysia Wren, singer Tallia Storm and Made in Chelsea’s Tina Stinnes.

The Tribe Syndicate was offering £500 shares in the Michael Bell-trained Tribal Commander, a two-year-old yet to make his debut.

Frankie Herbert (left) and Elysia Wren at the Highclere launch

Osborne Studio ready for celebration

The Osborne Studio Gallery in London will launch a free exhibition of the finest contemporary equestrian art next month to celebrate the start of Royal Ascot.

Running from June 18 to July 7, Celebrating the Turf will showcase work from a number of painters and illustrators, including Susan Crawford, who produced portraits for the Queen.

Painter Nichola Eddery will also provide exhibits and she too boasts a royal connection, having received international commissions from royal princes in the Middle East. Closer to home she produced a painting of Frankel for the horseracing museum in Newmarket.

Works will also be provided by Mao Wen Biao, Katie O’Sullivan, Alistair Little, former soldier Freddy Paske and sculptor Charlie Langton, whose bronzes celebrate the majesty of champion racehorses.

Paddock by Freddy Paske, one of the artists whose work is on display

Microsoft to sponsor Leopardstown ladies' evening

Tech giants Microsoft will sponsor this year’s ladies' evening at Leopardstown, which takes place at the track’s Saval Beg Stakes fixture on Friday, May 25.

The evening, which was held for the first time 12 months ago and raised €20,000, aims to boost awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Ireland.

Leopardstown manager Pat Keogh said: “We're very excited to announce this sponsorship with our new neighbours, Microsoft.

“It's a great boost to have a company such as Microsoft become involved in our great sport and we welcome this opportunity. The ladies' evening raceday is growing in momentum and is becoming a very important raceday for us.

“It targets a new audience, namely women in the surrounding Sandyford business district, Foxrock and greater Dublin areas, as well as racing and professional women who are key decision makers." 

He added: “We're working hard to attract new racegoers every day and realise that they're key to our future development and growth. On top of all the excitement, it's great that the evening raises funds for a great cause, Breast Cancer Ireland.”

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There’s been a big spotlight on prostate cancer in the last 12 months and I think that contributed to how many people turned out
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