Geegeez goes to the races tomorrow, dipping its toe into the waters of sponsorship. To be precise, Matt is sponsoring a jockey in the Anthony Knott Charity race at Wincanton, due off at 12 noon.
The race features twelve trainers who will turn jockey for the event, which will be run over ten furlongs on the flat. Regular Geegeez readers won’t find it a surprise that our man has hooked up with Anthony Honeyball, trainer of Priceless Art, the recent acquisition of a group of members. Priceless Art won’t be at Wincanton tomorrow, but Honeyball will be there, riding one from his own yard. A,nd what’s more, one which has a 100% record: Swincombe Stone, winner of a Fontwell bumper last October.
But the competition is stiff. Here’s the full line up.
- Ralph Beckett- Maverick
- Jamie Snowden- Jamesson
- Dan Skelton- Ted Spread
- Anthony Honeyball- Swincombe Stone
- Keiran Burke- Red Jade
- Tim Vaughan- Hawkhill
- Bill Turner- Rosewood Lad
- Neil Mulholland- Adiynara
- Johnson White- Roalco De Farges
- Richard Woollacott- Black Coffee
- Jimmy Frost- Terra Bleu
- Brendan Powell- Aciano
There’s a world of difference between what Swincombe Stone has done and some of the others, in particular Dan Skelton’s mount. Ted Spread was good enough to win the Group 3 Chester Vase two years ago before taking his place in the field when Workforce won the Epsom Derby. Although he only saw Workforce’s backside during the Derby, those two races clearly mark him out as the best horse in the field.
The 12 trainer/jockeys have each pledged to raise at least £500 in sponsorship, with the money going to the Racing Welfare charity. The charity’s website alleges that Anthony Honeyball was weaned on mare’s milk. He might need something stronger tomorrow!
As well as the charity race, Racing Welfare will benefit from an auction, closing at lunchtime Thursday. The 40 or so lots vary considerably, with a current offer of £600 for the car registration plate K11 UTO, and £2,500 for a tour for six people of Dalham Hall Stud. Between them the race and the auction have already raised over £16,000, and there’s every possibility that will top £20,000 by the time the day’s events are over.
It doesn’t really matter that much which horse and jockey come first tomorrow. Racing Welfare is the winner, and the charity has much to thank the trainer/jockeys, Wincanton, and Hunt Ball’s owner, Anthony Knott, for in helping to put the day’s programme together.