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news Jack Channon’s yard celebrates a win at RoR’s Racing to Cricket

5th September 2023
  • Runners up in 2019 and 2022, Channon’s yard thrilled with their yard’s triumph to win 2023 title
  • RoR fundraising day at Wormsley raises over £45,000 for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

The RoR Racing to Cricket fundraising day took place for the fourth time at Wormsley Cricket Ground on Sunday 3rd September, raising over £45,000 for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) before concluding with a convincing victory in the tournament final for Jack Channon’s team.

A total of eight teams came under starters’ orders in the limited overs knock-out competition, with the final played out Jack Channon’s team and Charlie Hills’ team.

Charlie Hills team won the toss and chose to bowl first, giving the Channon team their chance to take control as they hit a magnificent ninety-six in their six overs. In reply, the Hills’ team could only manage fifty-six runs as they faced the outstanding bowling and fielding from their determined opponents.

The Channon’s team have taken part in the Racing to Cricket Tournament since it began in 2017 and were runners up in both 2019 losing to Paul Roy’s team and then in 2022 to Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows team. On receiving the Racing to Cricket trophy from RoR Chairman, Philip Freedman, Jack said: “It’s brilliant to win, we love taking part in this day – and finally, third time lucky for our team to take home the trophy!”

There was some consolation for team captain Charlie, as he won the Man of the Tournament for some magnificent catches behind the stumps. This year’s plate final was played out between sponsors Irwin Mitchell and Richard Hannon’s team, with the Hannon’s winning the Plate Final to finish in third place overall.

Under blue skies in the beautiful setting of the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire, over 200 guests attended the day in support of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British racing’s official charity for the welfare of retired racehorses. During the lunch break, charity auctioneer Martin Pope offered up thirteen fantastic lots, and with owners and trainers joining the day, the event raised in excess of £45,000 the charity.

David Catlow, RoR Managing Director said: “It was a wonderful day and we are so grateful to all those owners, trainers and sponsors who supported it.”

“The generosity of donors of the auction lots and the guests on the day has been fantastic. Our thanks to everyone for helping to raise funds for the important work RoR does, at a time when such support is much needed.”

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