The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday

For 2018, The Prince's Countryside Fund Racing Weekend & Christmas Shopping Fair will take place Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November.

To find out more and to book tickets, please visit www.ascot.co.uk. If you would like to support the event as a sponsor or are interested in attending the charity lunch please contact Lucy Smith on 07714684711 or lucy.smith@bitc.org.uk.

On Friday 24th November 2017, more than 18,000 racegoers enjoyed The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot, and helped us to raise more than £1.5 million across our three racedays, making the Ascot fixture the biggest fundraising event contributor to The Prince’s Countryside Fund grant programme. The money raised will help The Prince’s Countryside Fund continue its vital work funding projects to support the people who live and work in our countryside through its grant programme.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the event to support The Prince's Countryside Fund, and enjoyed a full day of exciting racing. His Royal Highness also visited The Prince's Countryside Fund theatre, which hosted a wide range of speakers covering countryside topics, including Fund ambassador Alan Titchmarsh, and Gail Sprake from The Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

The Tindle Newspapers Charity Race saw ten riders, including former England footballer Michael Owen, and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, the inspiration behind Ascot's Official Partner, QIPCO, battled it out for glory over one mile, two furlongs.

Tom Chatfeild-Roberts has won the race riding the Eve Johnson-Houghton trained Golden Wedding, who ran well from start to finish. The race was run over seven furlongs of the National Hunt Course on good to soft ground.

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall awarded Chatfeild-Roberts with his prize at Ascot. Chatfeild-Roberts has been involved with horses from an early age and recently qualified from the Royal Veterinary College. He has a keen interest in racing, having worked in both flat and jump racing yards. He has point-to-pointed for the last six seasons and ridden over 20 winners.

Tom said; “A great thrill to get past the winning post at Ascot in front, It was good fun but we went a little bit quicker than I’m used to. It was a great experience and a day I will never forget.”

Michael Owen, who was making his debut in the saddle finished a very close second place having only ridden a horse for the first time this year. Owen successfully completed the race aboard the Tom Dascombe-trained Calder Prince. Sheikh Fahad Al Thani finished in third place, having first ridden in a charity race in 2015. 

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