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Charity Golf Day at Woburn raises £19,000 for Racing Welfare

May 17, 2013

The team stableford competition was sponsored by Equinity and took place on the stunning Marquess' Course, by kind permission of His Grace, The Duke of Bedford.

The event had fantastic support from the racing industry with 25 teams taking part, including Coolmore Stud, SIS, The Jockey Club, BHA, Weatherbys, William Haggas and Ian Balding's 'Park House Pirates'.

After a shotgun start the teams were able to experience the delights of a course that has twice hosted the British Masters and everyone enjoyed the challenge. Six time champion flat jockey, Kieren Fallon, rose to the occasion with the help of teammates Brett Capaldi, Johnny Kay and Paul Caffrey to take first place with an impressive score of 95. Not far behind, in second place, was Kremlin House Stables, represented by Roger Varian, Ed Babbington, Kenneth Gundlach and Armando Duarte.

Not to be outdone by the flat racing teams, John Francome won 'nearest the pin' and the big hitting Blane Breheny won the 'longest drive' competition.

For some of the racing fraternity it was their first visit to Woburn, including BHA Chief Executive Paul Bittar, who enjoyed the occasion and later tweeted, "Thanks to @Racingwelfare for awesome Golf Day at Woburn."

The Duke of Bedford has kindly donated the course and clubhouse to Racing Welfare for a Charity Golf Day for many, many years. His generosity is greatly appreciated and Lesley Graham, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare commented , "We are extremely grateful to the Duke for his continued and long standing support of Racing Welfare. The whole day was very well organised thanks to the professionalism of everyone at Woburn, who ensured everything ran so smoothly."

Tansy Challis, Head of Fundraising at the Charity added, "We are delighted with the number of teams that took part and in particular we are pleased with the number of teams representing many facets of the racing industry. We are also very grateful to Equinity for sponsoring the event and to everyone who contributed to its overall success. To continue providing the required level of help to the people involved in the racing industry, we are greatly reliant on income raised by our fundraising events."

Tim Jones, Commercial Director at Equinity commented "We have enjoyed a wonderful day and are pleased to be able to support Racing Welfare. We look forward to working with the Charity again in the future."






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