Aspiring jockeys took to Wetherby Racecourse on 28 October and Newbury Racecourse on 3 November for the British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual charity race.

The 16 jockeys from across the country collectively raised £50,000 for the charity, which included donations to silent auctions. They had to undertake months of intense training to reach the fitness levels and stamina required to race.

Both races were nail-biters with Stephanie Batty securing a victory on Ebury at the second annual race at Wetherby, while Isabella Piroli took the win with Bascinet at the BHS’s fourth Newbury race day.

Following their win, Stephanie Batty said: “It was the first time I rode Ebury and I was so grateful for the partnership we immediately built with one another, he really looked after me. It’s just been such a great experience and I would recommend it to anybody.”

Isabella Piroli said: “I just can’t describe how it felt to finish in winning position. I half thought I’d won but I didn’t want to look back! Bascinet travelled so nicely; it was amazing.”

Tracy Casstles, Director of Fundraising at The British Horse Society added: “All our amateur jockeys should be immensely proud of what they and their horses have achieved. Their remarkable journeys have been an inspiration to watch and we’re so honoured to have their support.

“A massive thank you also goes to the trainers and owners of all the incredible horses that were loaned to our jockeys for the race. Together, with great enthusiasm, energy and commitment our riders have raised a brilliant sum for BHS campaigns.”

To find out more about the BHS’s annual charity race days and how you can donate, click here

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