Cheltenham Racecourse, the Home of Jump Racing, offers amateur riders the tremendous opportunity to take part in a race during The Festival, famous the world over.
Applications are invited to participate in a charity Flat race, the St Patrick’s Derby, which is run for the sixth time as the final contest on the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, March 12, 2015.
The race, for 12 horses over a mile and five furlongs, is open to any amateur rider who feels they can raise the required amount of at least £5,000 in sponsorship to take part. Participants are required to provide their own mount, which must have run at least twice under the recognised Rules of Racing.
Cheltenham Racecourse’s chosen charity for the 2015 renewal is the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund and a member of the Cheltenham Racecourse committee, commented: “The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to be the benefitting charity of the 2015 St Patrick’s Derby.
“It will be almost two years to the day that J T McNamara had his tragic accident at The Festival. This makes being involved in the charity race particularly poignant, as it is so terribly important that there is an ongoing awareness of the vital work that we do.”
The vibes have been very positive in Ireland this week with OI’ Man River for the Classic picture next season, the Coolmore 2yo is as short as 8/1 for Epsom next June a crazy price but I would not be laying the colt. The Curragh victory the other Sunday for Aidan O’Brien trained juvenile impressed me greatly and I look forward to seeing him again on a racecourse, but I still think the 8/1 about the Derby is far to short when we don’t even know if he will stay a mile and a half?
This week in the Racing Post the bookmakers blamed the small fields for the lack of punters in the high street shops, wake up boys and girls and smell the coffee it’s Betfair and the racing channels on air 24/7 and the younger generation do not want to stand in betting shops they do everything on line.
The wonder filly Treve was the Arc angel in Paris last weekend producing a stunning victory for the second year running in the Qatar Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe for Criquette Head-Maarek at a working mans price of 11/1 and now should be retired, she will go down in history as a true Arc hero.
Tony Martin’s Quick Jack has been all the rage this week in the anti-post betting market for the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday, William Hill have been hit hard with the highly regarded Irish stayer 14/1 to 8/1, a huge run is on the cards and the 5yo is my E/W nap this weekend.
Back next Thursday.
Yours in sport
Kevan Minter – AKA Colonel