Category: Race News

Charity Flat Race in aid of Cancer Research UK & The Christie Hospital

Racing in front of Tabley House Knutsford Races

A one mile Legend’s Charity Flat Race is being held as an additional race in the 7 card steeplechase line up at Knutsford Races Point to Point meeting at Tabley House on Sunday 17th May in aid of The Christie Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

Local jockey, Gemma Garton, was diagnosed with cancer in February 2014 and following a course of chemotherapy was given the all clear the following July. Gemma has successfully returned to race riding this season and she and a group of family and friends, “Team GG”, have also started raising money for both The Christie Hospital and Cancer Research UK through various events including hockey tournaments, running half marathons to countryside walks accompanied by afternoon tea. This year Knutsford races are delighted to support Gemma’s chosen charities and both the proceeds from the charity flat race and raffle ticket sales will contribute towards these extremely worthwhile causes.

The charity flat race is already proving a talking point with many local former point to point jockeys planning to take part.

Richard Burton with 414 winners is the all-time record holder for most point to point wins is keen to take part but a recent skiing incident has aggravated an old shoulder injury. This has temporarily side-lined Burton and the timing of his operation will determine his participation. Richard will be present on the race day as he is now a member of the Knutsford Races organising committee.

Steve Brookshaw is best known as the trainer of Lord Gyllene who won the re-run of the 1997 Grand National held on a Monday following the terrorist bomb scare threat on the Sunday. Steve who still regularly rides for his daughter, point to point trainer Heidi, is also Richard Burton’s Uncle so he may have the family reputation to uphold!

Caroline Robinson won both the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters’ chase and many point to point races. Caroline now trains pointers and has successfully bred several ‘Shales’ pointers who are ridden by her two daughters Immy and Kitty; providing family continuity which is often found in the sport of pointing.

Ex point to point jockey, Miles Seston, leading owner and former successful rider Richard Hewitt, young trainer Sam Allwood, past national champion Andrew Dalton and former top North West jockey and now leading trainer Gary Hanmer are all keen to line up in the charity race.

No race of this type will be complete without the participation of a member of the Crow dynasty. The records of the family members is impeccable with many area and national champions featuring but Sheila Crow is undoubtedly a Point to Point legend having won many races and trained countless winners. Several of which she promoted through the pointing ranks including Cappa Bleu who she trained to win his first outing on the track when winning the Cheltenham Foxhunters. Today, Sheila continues to train ample winners and still rides the horses on the gallops. Her children Alistair and Lucy were both national champions and it is hoped that one or more this racing dynasty will wear the famous Crow colours in the Legend’s Charity Flat race.

These names along with a few others are aiming to dust their boots and silks off ready for the off on the 17th May in the Legend’s Flat Race!

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Legends Race at Knutsford Races

For 2015, a Legends Charity Flat Race is being run over 10 furlongs. The race will be contested by a number of former national and regional champions and other racing personalities.

This race is part of o series of fundraising activities being organised by Gemma Garton, a point to point jockey who has successfully recovered from cancer following chemotherapy in 2014.

Both the Christie Hospital, where Gemma was treated, and Cancer Research UK will benefit.

Knutsford races are back!

Cheshire’s famous ‘Race Day’ is back and takes place at Tabley on Sunday 15th May 2011.

Organised by the North West Point to Point Club, this great Cheshire day out has every chance of restoring its illustrious place in the county’s sporting calendar.  The event has been sponsored by Alderley Edge based property investment and development company, Bluemantle.

In 1819, the courier reported: “The races were very numerously and fashionably attended…from the respectable manner in which the meeting is supported it is expected to become the most fashionable in the kingdom.”

It was obviously the place to be and race goers included many of the country’s leading figures of the time including The Earl Stamford, The Earl of Wilton, Lord Grey, Sir John Leicester, Sit Thomas Stanley, Sir Harry Mainwaring – many of whom had horses entered in races.

One historic link to those times is the popular hostelry, The Kilton in Mere, which is named after the racehorse owned by Mr Thomas Langford-Brooke of Mere Hall.  Kilton excelled at Knutsford Races and in 1796 won the prestigious Kntusford Gold Cup, beating Delamere owned by another well known Cheshire habitant, Mr Tatton.  This same Gold Cup has recently been identified as the trophy given to Aintree’s John Smith’s Melling Chase.

Knutsford Races is a great day out for all the family with six races, traditional trade stands, children’s entertainment, licensed bar, bookmakers and much more.  For the second year running, Knutsford Races is also proud to be supporting Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital.