As the penultimate fixture of 2012 takes place at NewtonAbbot Racecourse on Monday, the racecourse will also host a charity auction to helpraise money for two great causes.
The charity auction has been organised by four of theon-course bookmakers at Newton Abbot with proceeds being donated to the RickyGrant Cancer Ward at Torbay Hospital and the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Amongst the items up for auction are a stable visit andbreakfast with trainers Paul Nicholls, Rod Millman, Colin Tizzard or RichardWoolacott; a picture of Frankel signed by jockey Tom Quealey; a pair of RichardHughes' britches signed by Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh, A P McCoy, RichardJohnson and Paddy Brennan; plus a pair of annual badges for the 2013 season atNewton Abbot Racecourse.
The Ricky Grant Cancer Ward, a charity named after a 17-year-oldman who died of cancer, is a day centre at Torbay Hospital for outpatientsundergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. It is part of a £5 millionprogram of improvements to cancer services at Torbay Hospital.
The Injured Jockeys Fund, founded in 1964, was created tohelp jockeys who have suffered severe injury during racing. Having helped overa thousand jockeys to date, the charity has also helped to raise awarenessregarding the risks of racing and has resulted in the racing authoritiesimplementing many safety initiatives.
Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at the racecourse, discussedthe forthcoming meeting: "Monday's fixture is one not to be missed forhorseracing fans. Not only can they enjoy another afternoon of racing here atNewton Abbot but they also have the chance to bid for some money-can't-buyexperiences."
"The on-course bookmakers have done a fantastic job ofcollecting some great auction prizes which are sure to appeal to racing fans.I'm sure both charities will benefit hugely from proceeds of the auction."
Monday's racing begins at 2pm. This will be followed by thefinal fixture of 2012 at Newton Abbot on Friday 12th October. Ticketsfor both fixtures are still available online at www.newtonabbotracing.com or bycalling 01626 353 235.