Cyclists who are riding more than 450 miles to provide financial support for young people to work in racing had pride of place at Redcar today.
The riders from the British Racing School “Rory MacDonald Memorial Fund” stopped at the seaside track en route from Musselburgh to Newmarket.
During their epic journey, they are visiting seven racecourses in memory of the late chief executive officer of the BRS. Mr MacDonald was CEO of the school for 22 years and died suddenly in 2015.
The proceeds from their fund-raising will support young people aiming for careers in the racing industry.
The cyclists presented the trophy after the British Racing School Charity Cycle Ride Handicap, which was won by Wink Oliver, trained at Lambourn by Jo Hughes and ridden by Dougie Costello.
Paul Hanagan and Middleham-based James Bethell teamed up to win the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar on Monday with Briardale and the pair were swiftly back in the winner’s enclosure today.
Hanagan won the opener on Richard Fahey’s Dance Diva, who beat Tom Dascombe’s Miss Dd, despite running green, and will surely be better for the run.
Veteran trainer Bethell followed up in the second race of the day, with New Society, ridden by PJ MacDonald, running out an easy winner from Tim Easterby’s Sheriff Garett.
Former champion jockey Jamie Spencer had one booked ride at Redcar and he made it pay as Luca Cumani’s Near Kettering stayed on gamely to hold off Mick Channon’s Pattie under a determined ride from Graham Lee.
The Richard Guest-trained Lydia’s Place won the fifth race of the day despite hanging right under Clifford Lee. The pair go up on the stands rail to deny a 33-1 surprise by Economic Crisis.
Malton trainer Nigel Tinkler’s Kaeso ran on well under Tom Eaves to deny favourite Logi in the penultimate race.
And Rod Millman made the long journey from Devon pay dividends when Concur took the last race of the day, the Follow Redcarracing On Facebook and Twitter Amateur Riders Maiden Handicap. Pat Millman brought the four-year-old through to lead inside the furlong and win going away from Marjorie Fife’s Kensington Palace.