Newbury Racecourse backs Walking With The WoundedBy David Wright
January 27, 2012
Newbury's Betfair Super Saturday on February 11 will be in aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity.
WWTW raise funds to assist with the re-training and re-education of servicemen and women, both veterans and those leaving the Armed Forces.
Following their successful 2011 expedition by becoming the first team of unsupported war-wounded amputees to reach the North Pole, the charity have now set their sights even higher.
They will attempt to climb Mount Everest in May and put a team of five wounded servicemen on top of the world. The team will consist of North Pole veterans Martin Hewitt and Jaco Van Gass along with Karl Hinnett, David Wiseman and Francis Atkinson.
Some of the climbers will be at the Newbury meeting and, off the track, racegoers can get a feel for the challenge via a climbing wall.
The second race, live on Channel 4, has been re-named in recognition of the WWTW 2012 Everest Challenge, and is now called the Betfair supports Walking With The Wounded Handicap Hurdle.
A silent auction with fabulous prizes up for grabs will be open to all racegoers, featuring a private riding lesson with Zara Tindall (nee Phillips) and a meet and greet with QPR and Scotland striker Jamie Mackie, a shirt signed by the player, as well as two tickets to a Premiership match at Loftus Road.
Newbury’s Super Saturday features seven races, including the Betfair Hurdle, Europe’s richest handicap hurdle, with fancied Champion Hurdle prospect Zarkandar currently heading the betting.
Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson has earmarked the Betfair Denman Chase for Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run, as well as Sprinter Sacre in the Betfair Super Saturday Chase.
Stephen Higgins, managing director of racecourse and events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Walking With The Wounded and their forthcoming Everest challenge.
“We are anticipating a highly competitive day of racing whilst recognising both human and equine heroes.”
* Grumeti will attempt to redeem his lofty reputation following his blip at Newbury last week,when he lines up for the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham tomorrow.
Alan King’s exciting four-year-old remains vying for favouritism in the ante-post market for the Triumph Hurdle itself at the Festival in March, despite falling on his latest start.
He seemed certain to supplement his hurdling debut success when eight lengths clear until falling at the second-last flight. However, Grumeti came through a schooling session with flying colours yesterday and is on course for what looks certain to be a red-hot event tomorrow (12.55).