Record-breaking jump jockey A P McCoy heads up a long line of racing legends who will take part in Doncaster Racecourse’s Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival to raise money for charity.
The iconic festival kicks off with a bang when retired celebrities of the saddle dust off their breeches and return to action in the feature event, the Leger Legends Charity Race which takes place during the St. Leger opening day on September 9.
This year will see 20-time champion jockey A P McCoy, who retired in April, compete in the flat race over the straight mile to raise money for the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and The Injured Jockeys Fund, which has two rehabilitation facilities for injured jockeys. Watching the race will be thousands of interested spectators including HRH The Princess Royal, patron of The Injured Jockey’s Fund.
First run in 2010, the race has grown rapidly in stature whilst capturing the attention of the national racing media. The likes of Mick Kinane – rider of one of the greatest horses seen in recent memory, Sea the Stars – and the most successful lady jockey of all time, the USA’s Julie Krone, have both won the Leger Legends accolade.
This year the race is being sponsored by J2O Spritz, a new adult soft drink launched by Britvic earlier this year.
Kieran Gallagher, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with J2O Spritz for this prestigious event, which has become a key feature of the iconic St. Leger festival. This year it has attracted one of the greatest racers of all time, A P McCoy, and his participation looks set to attract thousands of racegoers to Doncaster on September 9.
“This year we’re using the race as an opportunity to raise money for two very worthwhile causes. Northern Racing College is a vital training facility for the horseracing industry, while The Injured Jockeys Fund has assisted the rehabilitation of dozens of injured jockeys from all over the North of England.” The Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival takes place this year at Doncaster Racecourse from September 9-12. The J2O Spritz Leger Legends race forms the centrepiece of day one, which is followed by the glitz and glamour of DFS Ladies’ Day on September 10. The penultimate day of the festival attracts some of the most prestigious racing of the week, with the long-established Socialites E-Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day taking centre-stage, before the Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes brings the four-day bonanza to a dramatic climax on September 12.