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Sir Johnny Scott Bt and Fireworks at UCSW Charity Raceday

The Union of Country Sports Workers have put together an exciting day of racing on Sunday 5th November 2006 at Hereford Racecourse. Joint President of the Union, Sir Johnny Scott Bt will be in attendance on the day. The proceeds will be shared between the County Air Ambulance, the Hunt Staff Benefit Society and the UCSW “Fighting Fund”.

There are seven races on the card followed by a charity race. The first race at 1.10pm is The Union of Country Sports Workers Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1f) followed by The Brian Griffiths Keltec Maiden Hurdle (2m 1f); The Farriers Suppliers Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle (2m 3.5f); The UCSW Legal Challenge Beginners Chase (2m 3f); In support of Herefordshire’s Country Sports Workers Handicap Hurdle (3m 2f); Keep Country Sports Alive Handicap Chase (2m) and finally The Hugh Thomas Memorial Standard NHF (2m 1f). The Charity Race will be run over 1m 5f on the flat under Jockey Club rules after the last race.

Riders for the charity race are:
Jane Badlan is riding her own horse; Gary Barber, huntsman of the Pembrokeshire Hunt; Darren Foxley, huntsman of the Brecon and Talybont Hunt, Marion Collins hunts and has ridden in one point-to-point and is assistant to a licensed trainer; Brian Hughes, farrier who retired from point-to-pointing in 1983 and has lost 2 ½ stone to ride in this race; Andrea Kelly, Whipper-in to the Pentyrch Hunt; Morris McCarthy plays rugby for Liverpool and this is his eighth charity race; Sarah Mole rides out for trainer Caroline Walker and ride her own horse; Leon Nurse only started riding at the age of 53 and would like to win a charity race; Ruth Rees is Joint Master of the Pembrokeshire Hunt and has hunted all her life; Billy Thomas has ridden in point-to-points and now has her own riding school; Phil Williams, a true amateur who wants that ‘one’ race experience.

Ian Summerell UCSW PRO said “we would like to thank the riders of the charity race for their help in putting on the charity race day” It is still possible to sponsor the jockeys for the race if you go to the UCSW web site http://www.ucsw.org/Current_Fundraising.htm .

The Silent Auction, which can be viewed at http://www.ucsw.org/Current_Fundraising.htm and is running until 4pm at Hereford on 5th November, has plenty of lots of interest to race goers. A Visit to Derby winner Sir Percy and breakfast with Marcus Tregoning, a morning on the gallops with both Peter Walwyn and Henry Daly and days at the races. Other lots include a days Ferreting, polo lessons, fishing, pictures, clothing. Also a Webley and Scott Over and Under shotgun, a clay pigeon trap, a rifle scope and lots more.

There will also be a ‘rolling raffle’ for bottles of whisky between races, horse-shoe making demonstrations, trade stands and a parade of the Ryeford Chase Griffon Vendeen Bassets..

Gates open at 11:00am. Entrance for children is free and to finish the day, at approx 5.30pm, there will be a spectacular fireworks display organised by Hereford Racecourse.