Wetherby’s 2011/12 season over Jumps starts on Wednesday (12 October) – the first of 17 days’ racing during the campaign – which concludes with an evening meeting on Thursday, 7 June 2012.
Wednesday’s seven-race programme starts at 2.20pm and is the backdrop to the 21st Anniversary charity meeting in aid of Spinal Research, with over £395,000 raised during the previous 20 charity racedays at Wetherby for the national charity which funds research into finding a cure for paralysis caused by injury to the spinal cord. Spinal Research is again hosting a fund-raising luncheon prior to racing in a marquee adjacent to the parade ring.
Once again, the principal race on this day is The Bobby Renton Handicap Chase, a contest over the extended two and a half miles which remembers the late Bobby Renton, who trained Freebooter to win the 1950 Grand National from his base near Ripon.
The opening race, The Rachel Wright Memorial Hurdle, a contest for three-year-old juvenile maiden hurdlers, is once again supported by many of the Jump jockeys in the UK and is held in memory of Rachel Wright who organised this charity raceday since it’s inception and who passed away in 2006.
Betfair sponsors a couple of races in support of Spinal Research – a Handicap Hurdle contest and a Beginners’ Chase, while former trainer, Jack Berry MBE (pictured) and his wife Jo put their names to a Handicap Chase.
Presentations will be made to the leading jockey of last season at Wetherby, Brian Hughes – along with the top Conditional rider at the course last term, Fearghal Davis.