Annual lunch in racehorse cause – Horse Racing with Jason Hall

Josh Gifford
Josh Gifford

The annual Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Raceday takes place on Monday at Plumpton racecourse and its popularity amongst the racing fraternity has once again been confirmed, with the Charity Lunch and Auction already sold out.

Three hundred and fifty guests will bid for a whole host of donated prizes that will raise around 20 per cent of the annual running costs of the welfare centre in just one afternoon.

Moorcroft provides retraining and opportunities for retired racehorses to move on from their former careers and fulfil roles in other sports and as companions for enthusiastic riders across the country. Amongst the items that will be bid for are a day of private tuition with the Olympian eventer Kristin Cook and also a tour of the famous Dalham Hall Stud.

Anyone can bid for the prizes on offer, even if you unable to attend the lunch in person, and further details are available on how to do this at

Monday’s Plumpton meeting also features the inaugural running of the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy. A leading jockey and trainer of his time, Josh (pictured) passed away earlier this year and this race is a fitting mark of respect to the highly regarded and successful Sussex racing personality who rode his final winner as a jockey at Plumpton and also trained his first winner there. His son, Nick Gifford, has an entry for the two and a half mile event as does Gifford’s former stable jockey Richard Rowe and I am sure both will be hopeful of pulling off a win that would be special for both. In last week’s column I was enthusiastic about the chance of the Sheena West-trained Geordie Boy, but the gelding did not run. However, the three-year-old is entered at Windsor again on Monday in a very similar contest and, assuming the ground is soft, which I believe is important to his chance, the hot streak of form that West is in could well be extended. Tomorrow at Ascot racing fans will have their last opportunity to see mighty Frankel in action. The media hype was justified.