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Cotswold School

Top Jockey Alumni Return to School for a Cotswold Charity Drive

The Cotswold School was pleased to host a very successful charity supper event – sponsored by Harrison James & Hardie – to benefit The Injured Jockeys Fund and the British Heart Foundation in the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival. The evening featured BBC Sport’s Tom Clarkson in interview with 4 superb jockeys – and Cotswold School alumni – Conor and Kieran Shoemark,Tom Bellamy and Sam Twiston-Davies. (Sam’s brother, Will Twiston-Davies, was also due to join his fellow jockeys but had received a call to race in Barbados.) Tom Clarkson interviewed the jockeys for nearly an hour asking them about their work, the issues and dangers they face, life in the weighing room and they also offered tips for the upcoming Festival.The probability of a jockey falling is 1 in every 7 races, making the support provided by The Injured Jockeys Fund so vital.

“Tom Clarkson interviewed the jockeys for nearly an hour asking them about their work, the issues and dangers they face, life in the weighing room and they also offered tips for the upcoming Festival.” The interviews over and cheese boards served, a charity auction took place featuring Lots such as: a day as an owner at the races, breakfast and a morning on the gallops with Nigel Twiston-Davies and another with Martin Keighley Racing. There were dinners and vouchers kindly donated by The Hollow Bottom, The Plough Inn and Stirrups Restaurant. BBC Radio commentator Cornelius Lysaght gave a lucky bidder the chance to spend the afternoon with the 5Live Racing Team at Cheltenham Races. The final Lot was supplied by Conor Shoemark: a pair of racing breeches signed that day at Sandown by a multitude of jockeys

including the legendary A P McCoy who raced at the Cheltenham Festival for the last time this year. The school hall was transformed into a dining room to accommodate 150 guests who enjoyed delicious food prepared by caterer Kate Pennell. A bar was provided by PTA volunteers and guests were entertained by Blue Anthology – the excellent jazz trio of Henry Yates (keyboard), Finn Pett (double bass and vocals) and Sunday Lendis (vocals). Waiting service was provided by enthusiastic members of The Cotswold School’s Equestrian Team. www.cotswold-homes.com

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