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LEGENDS TO LAUNCH JUMP SEASON AT CHEPSTOW RACECOURSE

Aug 05 2013

Jump Legends Raceday is coming to Chepstow on Saturday 12 October. This signifies the start of the 2013/2014 jump season and will feature a jockey’s legends race, a parade of equine jump superstars and £100,000 in prize money.

Sponsored by Bet Victor, the raceday will raise money for two great causes; The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Spinal Research.

Big names of the past will demonstrate that they have still got what it takes to look good in the saddle with a two mile charity flat race. The jump legends will include Graham Bradley, Jim Culloty, Jimmy Frost, Luke Harvey, Carl Llewellyn, Adrian Maguire, Kevin Mooney, Jamie Osborne and Richard Rowe.

The parade of equine legends will include Big Buck’s, the greatest staying hurdler in history, who will bid for an unbelievable fifth World Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2014.

During the day, racegoers will have the chance to hear from leading trainers about their hopes for the forthcoming season.

Alongside the excitement of the legends race and parade, the card will include the £20,000 Bet Victor Novices’ Chase over two and a half miles which was won last year by Fingal Bay and in 2011 by Cue Card. The Bet Victor Hurdle (Limited Handicap) for four year olds only is worth £25,000 and the Bet Victor Handicap Chase for horses rated 0-150 is also worth £25,000.

Phil Bell, Executive Director, Chepstow Racecourse said “The winter jumps season has always started in earnest at this Chepstow fixture. This year we have decided to make the day special with the addition of the legends race and parade – and an increase in prize money by £25,000 to a noteworthy £100,000.

“We are excited about the prospect of seeing some future champions – and of course welcoming some legends of the jumps world to ride in the charity race for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Spinal Research.”

Neil Joyce of Bet Victor said, “It’s a great prospect to see racing’s top trainers ready for the season ahead with their best horses prime for action. Top quality and competitive racing is in store and a chance to see which of the jump legends still has it!”

Lucy Wilkinson from the Bob Champion Cancer Charity Trust said “We have been delighted to be involved in the organisation of this day and are always thankful to the generosity of racegoers.”

Jonathan Miall, Chief Executive of Spinal Research, said: “A great day is in prospect for jumps fans and we are looking forward to seeing the jump legends and all those involved in generously raising money for our cause.”

Advanced tickets are available from £18 via www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk or by calling 01291 622260. A three-course hospitality lunch is available from £75 per person or £700 per table of ten in our exclusive marquee in aid of the two charities. Guests will have the chance hear from some of the trainers about the prospects for the season ahead and mingle with the jump legends.