York Racecourse invites applications for charity race 11th June 2016



Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get fit and raise money for the






(Applications by Monday 7 December,
successful applicants notified by Monday 21 December)

The Stewards of The British Horseracing Authority have granted exemptions from the effects of Rule 204 (ii)(6) for this race as it is being run outside the Rules of Racing therefore it will not count for any purpose on the horse’s career record.

Race Conditions

1 mile 1 furlong Flat Race

Maximum field of 12

Minimum weight to be carried 11st 7lbs

For horses 4 years old and upwards, currently in training, who must have run at least 3 times under the recognised Rules of Racing

For horses rated 80 and below on the flat, or 120 under National Hunt rules

Entry Fee – Riders pledge to raise at least £3,000 to be donated to Macmillan

There will be a prize for the rider who raises the most sponsorship money

Mementoes to all jockeys and a prize for the winner

The Charity Race is run outside the ‘Rules of Racing’ and will take place after the last race of the afternoon at approximately 5pm.


12 riders will be chosen and notified by Monday 22 December, with 2 reserves. The places are offered at the discretion of the Racecourse whose aim for the Race is to raise donations for Macmillan Cancer Support. Successful riders are asked to meet the sponsorship targets listed below. The Racecourse reserves the right to withdraw a rider’s place if it feels that the rider is not able to raise the target sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support, and the place offered to a reserve rider.

Forfeit Stages for Sponsorship

Riders pledge to raise at least £3,000 sponsorship to be banked with Macmillan Cancer Support or on in the following stages:

A minimum of £1,000 by March 1 2016
A minimum of a further £1,000 by May 1 2016
A minimum of a further £1,000 by June 1 2016

Compulsory Requirements

Minimum age of rider 16 years.

Riders are to wear skullcaps and body protectors as under the Rules of Racing.

All riders that are confirmed to ride in the race must ensure they have participated in a one day training course at either the British Racing School or Northern Racing College. The course is designed to assess a rider’s competence and fitness and prepare them for the experience of riding in a race. Those riders who are required to attend are required to cover the cost of the course themselves (around £180).

The following categories of people are exempt from obligatory attendance at a charity race riders training course:

Current Holders of a jockey’s licence
Former holders of a jockey’s licence (Unless the licence was revoked for medical reasons)
Stable Staff (Who must present written confirmation from their employer that they ride out on a regular basis)
Professional Hunt Staff
Anyone who has completed five or more point to points or Arab races in the last five years
Licensed Trainers (Who must provide evidence that they ride out on a regular basis)
Event riders that have competed at Intermediate level and won at least 30 eventing points.

All riders should be responsible for their own insurance.

On acceptance into the race it is the riders’ responsibility to source a horse suitable for the race and make all necessary arrangements for the day of the race.

All horses must be vaccinated in accordance with Rule 35 of the Rules of Racing.

Each Horse must be accompanied by an up to date Horse Passport.

York Racecourse will have the final decision on all applicants’ eligibility to ride in the Macmillan Charity Race.

Each declared runner will be entitled to six complimentary Owner and Trainers badges for the owner of the horse and four complimentary lunch vouchers for the Owners and Trainers Restaurant. In addition the rider will receive two Owners and Trainers badges.

To download the application form please click on the link below:

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