Twelve riders gunning for Cheltenham Greatwood glory Sunday 13 November

PUBLISHED: 07:59 11 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013

Twelve riders gunning for Cheltenham Greatwood glory Sunday 13 November

Twelve riders gunning for Cheltenham Greatwood glory Sunday 13 November

Twelve riders gunning for Cheltenham Greatwood glory <br/><br/>Greatwood Horse Power grad's to celebrate fifth anniversary<br/><br/><br/><br/>The Greatwood Charity Race (Sunday 13 November), the last race at the finale of Cheltenham's Open meeting this weekend

The Greatwood Charity Race (Sunday 13 November), the last race at the finale of Cheltenham's Open meetingthis weekend has received a bumper entry, with twelve riders taking part, the maximum number permitted.

This years race looks a competitive renewal, where each rider in pursuit of Cheltenham glory will also have raised over 2,500 in order to take part in aid of the Greatwood charity. Greatwood, based near Marlborough, Wiltshire rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes former racehorses and educates children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) via their acclaimed Horse Power program. Details of riders below. To donate to the riders please visit

Helen Yeadon, founder of Greatwood commented; We are delighted that this years race is so well supported and we wish everyone taking part a fun and safe ride. It costs over 480,000 to run Greatwood each year, so we are very grateful to the tremendous fundraising efforts during the tough economic climate.

The day also features the prestigious 100,00 Greatwood Hurdle, which boasts an impressive roll of honour and is generally regarded as a valuable pointer toward the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Festival in March. In 2003 the race first took the title of The Greatwood Hurdle, courtesy of the generous support by Nigel Bunter owner of the Barbury Castle Estate near Marlborough, who sponsors the race on behalf of Greatwood. Nigel is also the part owner with Max McNeil of Kumbeshwar, currently fifth in the betting for the race and who is trained on Bunters Barbury Estate by Alan King.

Helen Yeadon, comments We are hugely grateful to Nigel for all his support around this raceday as well as with Greatwood as a whole. Being involved with such a prestigious event provides us with a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our work as well as essential funds. We are looking forward to the renewal of this years race, which always produces an exciting winner, but naturally Kumbeshwar will receive the lions share of cheering from the Greatwood camp!

Greatwood Horse Power grads to celebrate fifth anniversary

To mark Greatwoods Horse Power fifth anniversary, after it was launched five years ago at Cheltenhams Open fixture, students and graduates will be taking part in best turned out pony challenge in the parade ring, judged by Cheltenham Gold Cup winning Jockey Mick Fitzgerald.

During this period 2000 children with Special Education Needs have passed through Greatwoods Horse Power program, which provides the opportunity to explore caring for horses, learning about trust,kindness and respect while at the same time applying the same considerations to how to care for themselves and their own relationships.

The students that will take part are from Millfield, Elmhurst and Marchant Holiday School (Somerset) who have adopted Greatwoods Horse Power program as well as students that attend Greatwood direct.

Greatwood Charity Race Riders

Harriet Bond

University student Harriet regularly rides work for Jonjo ONeills where her mother has horses in training.

Carey Buckler

Daughter of Dorset trainer Bob, Carey is an experienced amateur jockey and Sales & Marketing Executive at Huntingdon Racecourse.

Andrew Barr

Racing journalist Andrew has enjoyed many years of riding out and has also ridden in a point-to-point but this is his racecourse debut in the saddle.

Becky Furber

Becky is attached to Paul Nicholls yard and has ridden in point-to-points.

Diana Hobbs

Daughter of Somerset trainer Philip, Diana is an experienced point-to-point jockey and has just completed her degree at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College.

Gemma Hogg

Gemma is assistant to trainer Micky Hammond and rides in the charity race to celebrate her 30th birthday!

Clare Luck

Clare has ridden out for Oliver Sherwood for four years and is Director of a travel company specialising in self-drive safaris in Africa.

Maurice McCarthy

Maurice rides regularly in charity races and has previously ridden in a charity race at Cheltenham raising funds for the TAWC Fund.

Patrick Neville

Limerick trainer Patrick recently trained a double at the Killarney Festival and was a successful amateur jockey before taking out his trainers licence.

Tracey Phillips

Tracey worked for Tim Holland-Martin for many years. She rides out regularly for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Lee Thomas

Lee is sales director of his own engineering company and rode in Newburys charity race in June. He regularly rides work for Bill Moore near Chester.

David Weston

A financial and property consultant from Thirsk, David fulfilled his lifetimes ambition of riding in a race not only at Towcester but also here at Cheltenham 2 years ago on his old warrior Amjad who he will be riding.

For further information visit: or call Greatwood Charity on: 01672 514535

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