On Wednesday 15 November, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse will once again play host to The Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Day. This fixture has become synonymous with the autumn calendar at Bangor-on-Dee and has been supported by the Duchess’s charity since 2005. This year’s nominated Charity is Racing Welfare who will receive donated funds raised from Wednesday’s accompanying luncheon and a silent auction of 28 lots of fantastic prizes, including Lunch with ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin and Oli Bell and Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s commentary chart for the 1985 Grand National. Click here to view the full Auction list.
The charity lunch will also be attended by Racing Welfare’s President, HRH, The Princess Royal, together with Hywel Davies - jockey who rode Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Grand National Winner, Last Suspect, the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd and 300 guests.
Charles Barnett, Chairman of the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Raceday Committee comments: “We very much look forward to welcoming HRH, The Princess Royal to Bangor on Dee, and I’d like to thank everyone who is coming to the charity lunch for supporting the event and helping us to raise funds for Racing Welfare.”
At the 2016 meeting, history was made as Bangor on Dee Racecourse hosted its first ever listed race. Who can forget Harry Skelton’s winning ride, as he led Stephanie Frances on the bit, to a clear win.
This year’s Listed Race; The Yorton Stallions Mares' Novices' Steeple Chase (Nhmops Bonus) will take place at 13:10 over two miles, one furlong and 77 yards and holds a prize fund of £25,000. Once again, this race will be sponsored by Yorton Stud. In addition to the significant prize fund, the winning mare will be awarded black type status, an accolade of distinction when put to stud for future generations of thoroughbreds. David Futter of Yorton Stud, sponsoring the race said:
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue the sponsorship of this prestigious race and hope it will help encourage more progressive mares to emerge at the top level.”
Six additional races make up the overall card of seven, including the 12th annual Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Memorial Handicap Steeple Chase at 13:45, with a substantial prize fund of £26,000.
Also as part of the day’s proceedings, The Rea Valley Tractors Handicap Hurdle Race at 14:50 with the prize fund of £22,500.
A combined prize fund of £93,000 for the day makes for an exciting and busy card, with entries from many top trainers including; Alan King, Dan Skelton, Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Donald McCain, Warren Greatrex and also from Stuart Crawford in County Antrim.
All funds raised from additional race sponsorships on the day, hospitality sales and a bucket collection will also go towards Racing Welfare’s worthy cause. Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all people who work in racing – stud, stable and support staff; from their recruitment right through to retirement.
To reflect the daylight-saving hours, racing in the business end of the season will begin earlier in the remaining months of 2017. Gates are scheduled to open at the earlier time of 10.30am with the first race, The Supporters Of Racing Welfare For The Sir John Hanmer Trophy (A Handicap Steeple Chase) running at 12.40pm.
Tickets are still available to purchase and racing enthusiasts are encouraged not to miss out on this exciting day. Purchase in advance for a discount on tickets, or on the gate on the day. Visit www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk for more information and to book your tickets online. Alternatively, call the Box Office on 01978 780 323.