Charity Race Day at Chepstow – Thursday 21 November

On Thursday 21 November, Chepstow Racecourse are hosting a charity race day in aid of Paul’s Place, who provide support for physically disabled adults. The seven race card is complimented by a charity camel race (full details below) If you cannot get to Chepstow on Thursday, you can bid for the excellent auction lots by phone (which are also listed below). I will be donning the role of race day pundit for the day and I am delighted to be involved in this very worthwhile event.


Two, four camel qualifying heats will be run over a distance of 1 furlong immediately after the conclusion of the National Hunt racecard. The first two camels in each heat will contest the final of the William Hill Derby to be run as the last race of the day.

Paul’s Place have organised a star-studded line up for the camel race including At the Races TV presenter Matt Chapman, leading Three -Day event rider Laura Collett and Actor Sean Gleeson. Other ‘jockeys’ competing include Killian Moore, Tim Hart, Nathan Ellis and Andrew Smith.

Laura Day, Chairman of Trustees at Paul’s Place said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing the Camel Derby to Chepstow; which is for many of our users their local racecourse. It’s a great opportunity to have a bit of fun with racing, as well as raising awareness of the work of Paul’s Place in Bristol and the surrounding area.”

The William Hill Camel Derby will also be shown live on At The Races with commentary from Channel 4’s Richard Hoiles.

In addition to the camel race Paul’s Place are encouraging registered race horse owners to pledge a £100 donation to have their colours displayed in the commemorative racecard with eight sets of colours being drawn prior to the day to be worn by the camel jockeys, whose silks are being made and donated by Allerton & Co.

All the jockeys are looking for as many sponsors as possible, to find out more about how you can donate visit:

Chepstow Racecourse will also allow free entrance on the day for anyone with the Christian name of Paul, Paula or Pauline (original Documentary Proof required).

For more information on The Paul’s Place Raceday visit or call 01291 622260

Pauls Place website:


If you are unable to attend Chepstow on Thursday and would like to bid for an auction lot, please contact Laura Day on 0044 (0) 7977484515

Item 1.

Graeme McPherson – Horse Training – The lot comprises of a season’s free training for 1 horse with Graeme McPherson at Stow on the Wold in the Cotswolds. Graeme will train a National Hunt horse for you for free for the 2014/2015 winter season or, if you and your horse prefer quicker ground, the 2014 summer season. All that you will pay for the season is vets bills, transport costs, entry fees and jockey fees – costs that should be more than covered by the prize money!

Graeme McPherson trains at Martins Hill, Stow on the Wold in 200 acres of glorious Cotswold Countryside. Since taking out a licence at the end of 2009 the yard has gone from strength to strength, and the 2013 season has started as one of the best yet. Win percentage approaching 20% and a win and place percentage exceeding 50% pay testament to the success of the yard.

Kindly donated by McPherson Racing

Item 2.

Cheltenham Racecourse Hospitality Package for two in the Gold Cup Restaurant on the 16 or 17 April 2014 to include parking, three course buffet lunch and afternoon tea. With a tour of Jackdaws Castle home of Jonjo O’Neill and breakfast with Champion Jockey AP McCoy. Item includes accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis at the Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Camden for one night only. Availability – 16 or 17 April 2014.

Kindly donated by Cheltenham Racecourse, Jonjo O’Neill Racing & Cotswold House Hotel

Item 3.

Table for four in the prestigious Silks Restaurant on Welsh National Day at Chepstow 2013.

Kindly donated by Chepstow Racecourse

Item 4.

Worcester Racecourse Hospitality Package for two people (excluding Ladies Day) with one night’s accommodation for two on a bed, breakfast & dinner basis at the Eight Bells Inn, Chipping Camden (subject to availability).

Kindly donated by Worcester Racecourse & Eight Bells Inn

Item 5.

A day’s golf for 4 people with Jodie Mogford, Wayne Hutchinson, Daryl Jacob and Sam Thomas on a date to be arranged including all green fees and lunch.

A Cheltenham Festival winning jockey, a Grand National winning jockey, a Gold Cup winning jockey and Jodie.

Kindly donated by Jodie Mogford

Item 6.

37” LG Smart TV

Kindly donated by Longcroft Building Services

Item 7.

Studio tour of BBC Midlands Today for two people at the Mailbox in Birmingham together with the chance to watch the 6.30pm news and sport programme being broadcast.

Kindly donated by Dan Pallet

Item 8.

2013 Grand National Race Card and Jockeys Breeches signed by all jockeys.

Kindly donated by Dougie Costello & Mark Fossey

Item 9.

Drive a stunning new Mercedes-Benz SLK for a weekend. Collect the vehicle on Friday pm and return the following Monday am.

Kindly donated by Mercedes-Benz of Cheltenham & Gloucester

Item 10.

2 VIP Quadrant Tickets for Manchester United vs. Shakhtar Donetsk Champions League Match on Tuesday 10th December 2013.

Kindly donated by Sporting Fabric and Urban Fabric Events

Item 11.

A pair of Ariat Grasmere Country Boots.

Kindly donated by Ariat

Item 12.

Mint condition Towcester race card from Thursday 7 November 2013 the meeting where champion jockey AP McCoy rode his 4000 career winner on Mountain Tunes. Race card signed by AP McCoy, Owner JP McManus and Trainer Jonjo O’Neill.

Kindly donated by Roger Hart

Item 13.

Blackberry Z10.

Kindly donated by Blackberry

Item 14.

Experience Super Choice – One days driving experience at Silverstone with a choice of various vehicles.

Kindly donated by Avvasi