THERE is a unique offering on the opening day of the 2015 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival as Tony McCoy’s last saddle to be used under rules is one of over 40 exciting lots to be auctioned prior to the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Race.
A charity lunch and auction before racing on Wednesday September 9, for which all 450 tickets have been sold, will raise money for both the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jack Berry House and the Northern Racing College – with the charity contest aiming to hit the £100,000 mark this year after raising over £500,000 in the last five years.
Seven lots will be offered in a live auction to guests, including McCoy’s final saddle, a Coolmore package offering tours of Ballydoyle stables and Coolmore Stud along with lunch for four and a full hospitality package from the chairman’s private box on Grand National day at Aintree, with the other 34 lots open to bids in a silent auction.
The Flat race itself, run under the rules of racing over the straight mile at Doncaster, is set to witness 20-time champion jump jockey Tony McCoy, who retired in April, make a one-off return to the saddle with his 15 opponents including former top Flat jockey turned trainer Johnny Murtagh among others.
Jack Berry MBE said: “I would like to thank everybody for their support in getting Jack Berry House to this point and I am very proud of the service it offers to racing in Malton and the surrounding areas.
“The generosity of people in providing the auction prizes will help to raise money that can be used to continue the fantastic efforts of all those who have made it such a success.”
The newly-appointed chief executive at the Northern Racing College, Colonel Stephen Padgett OBE, added: “We are very grateful to all who have put so much effort into preparations, including our friends at Doncaster racecourse, the generous donors of so many fantastic items for auction, the great jockeys who have committed to ride on September 9 and last, but by no means least, to the trainers who will provide their mounts.”
Source: racing post