York’s 43rd Charity Race Day
Tomorrow sees the 43rd Charity Race Day at York and once again the event is a vital source of income for MacMillan Cancer Support who will be hoping to match or better the £300,00 raised at last year’s event.
I attended the Charity raceday’s back in the 80s when it was known as the Timeform Charity Day.
The 1987 meeting saw Thompson Jones train a double both ridden by Tony Murray. Al Kaahir took the opener whilst Zummurrudah completed the double in the second. Not to be out done John Dunlop and Willie Carson also enjoyed a double with top weight Freedoms Choice winning the sixth race and Darley Knight taking the Duchess of Kent stakes to end the meeting.
The most exciting finish came in the feature William Hill trophy handicap (£20,000 added) where there was a dead heat between Governors General trained by L Cotterell and ridden by Ray Cochrane and the bottom weight Sew High trained by B McMahon and ridden by Alan Mackay.
12 months later the William Hill Golden Spurs trophy as it was known by then was won by Dowsing trained by Jeremy Tree and ridden by S Raymont. Amongst the riders that day were the American Cash Asmussen and Pat Eddery who rode the winner of the luck last for Frankie Durr (Ala Hounak) and they both signed my racecard which partly made up for the lack of winners as I recall!
Here’s hoping tomorrow brings lots of much-needed cash for this very worthy cause and long may it continue.