Charity horse race seeks 12 riders



Applications are being taken for Cheltenham’s annual charity fat race on St Patrick’s day next year, which raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

The derby is the final race on the third day of Cheltenham’s Festival on St Patrick’s Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Tina Cook and Pascha Bere winning the 2012 St Patrick's Derby.
Tina Cook and Pascha Bere winning the 2012 St Patrick’s Derby. © Nick Gifford Racing

The 2014 running is expected to take the total amount raised for Cancer Research UK to over £1 million since the race’s inauguration.

With a maximum field of 12 runners, the race over a mile and five furlongs is open to any amateur rider who feels they can raise the required amount of at least £5000 in sponsorship to take part. Participants are required to provide their own mount, which must have run at least twice under the recognised Rules of Racing.

The British Horseracing Authority have granted exemptions from the effects of Rule A38 for this race as it is run outside the Rules of Racing. Therefore, it will not count for any purposes on the horse’s career record.

Previous winners of the St Patrick’s Derby, as the race is known, have been racing TV presenter Lorna Fowler, Orna Madden, Brian Bunyan and Olympic eventing silver medallist Tina Cook in 2012, just before she competed at London.

Applications close on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.


To apply, contact Sarah Oliver, 01886 884488 or


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