Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott and Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkett were today confirmed as two of the 12 riders that will take part in the St Patrick’s Day Derby, a fund-raising Flat race to be run on the 17th March during the Cheltenham Festival.
The race over 1m5f , run in aid of Cancer Research UK , will feature six men and six women selected from numerous applications.
Alice Plunkett said: “It’s going to be an amazing thrill to ride round Cheltenham at the Festival and an honour to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”
Henry Cecil will be the guest of honour on the day, he said: “I was delighted and honoured to be invited by Cheltenham to get involved in the St Patrick’s Day Derby. I’ve always admired the wonderful sport at the Festival from afar, but this will be my first ever visit to the meeting and I am looking forward to sampling the atmosphere at first hand.
“Cancer is an illness that touches most families at some point and my family is no different, so it will be marvellous to be able to play a small part in helping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK, a charity which does so much to help the fight against this disease.”