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29 April 2024


Golf fans and racing enthusiasts are in for a treat this May as Racing Welfare, the racing industry’s human welfare charity, prepares to host a golf day to raise vital funds to support its work.

Racing Welfare is set to host their Charity Golf Day on Tuesday 7th May at the Dukes Course at Woburn Golf Club, by kind invitation of His Grace, the Duke of Bedford.

The prestigious event has an impressive array of celebrities signed-up to take part including 20-time Champion Jockey Sir AP McCoy, Grand National and Gold Cup winning jockey and racing broadcaster Mick Fitzgerald, 6-time World Champion swimmer Mark Foster and Rewards4Racing boss and Sky Sports Racing presenter Josh Apiafi.

Participants will have the opportunity to play with a celebrity teammate, with the stunning Woburn Abbey and surrounding estate as the backdrop. As well as a fantastic day of golf, the event will also include a delicious breakfast and late lunch along with complimentary snacks and drinks on course. Complimentary buggies will be available and there will be fantastic goody bags on offer as well as an opportunity to win some great prizes.

At the time of publishing, there is currently one remaining team still available to purchase. To find out more and secure your place, click here.

Racing Welfare is the racing industry’s human welfare charity which provides vital advice, guidance and practical support to people working in racing yards, studs, racecourses, and associated professions. The Woburn Golf Day is a key event in the charity’s calendar; helping to raise much-needed funds and awareness of the services they provide.

Jo White, Racing Welfare’s Corporate Fundraising and Events Manager – Southern Region, said: “The golf day is one of Racing Welfare’s key fundraising events and plays an important role in enabling us to provide a wide range of services and support to racing’s workforce.

“We’d like to thank His Grace, the Duke of Bedford, for the kind invitation to host our event at the stunning location of Woburn Golf Club, the celebrities who are giving up their time to attend and the participants who have signed-up to play and raise funds.

“It’s a brilliant day which promises to deliver some great golf, with fabulous company, in a beautiful location but with a serious message at its heart – ensuring we can continue to raise awareness and funds for the work we do at Racing Welfare.”

A total of 28 teams, comprising 4 players, are signed-up for the event which will include 18 holes on the Dukes course with a shotgun start at 11.15am. Racing Welfare would like to thank the sponsors: Rewards4Racing, NARS and Mizuno including two new sponsors, Baker Brothers Diamonds and Bentley Cambridge, for their generosity.

Baker Brothers Diamonds is kindly sponsoring the Hole in One competition this year with a whopping £50k prize for the winner, as well as sponsoring the Straightest Drive competition with a pair of cufflinks and a pair of crystal champagne glasses on offer.

Lizzie McAuley, Director of Baker Brothers Diamonds, said: “At Baker Brothers, we’re not just in the business of selling jewellery; we’re in the business of making a difference. It is with great privilege that we stand alongside Racing Welfare, whose work resonates deeply with our values. Together we not only contribute to the well-being of industry professionals but also uphold our ethos of philanthropy and community enrichment.”

Bentley Cambridge is sponsoring the Closest the Pin competition on hole 12, with four sets of Bentley branded golf balls for the winning player and his/her teammates and a pair of crystal champagne glasses.

The celebrities, who are very kindly attending the Racing Welfare Woburn Golf Day on Tuesday 7th May, are:

  • Josh Apiafi, Rewards4Racing boss and Sky Sports Racing presenter.
  • Mike Cattermole, Racing broadcaster.
  • Mick Fitzgerald, Grand National and Gold Cup winning jockey and racing broadcaster.
  • Rhys Flint, National Hunt trainer based in Bridgend Wales and former National Hunt Jockey.
  • Mark Foster, 5-time Olympian, 6-time World Champion and 8-time World record holder over a 23-year professional swimming career, broadcaster, speaker and keen golfer.
  • John Francome, 7-time Champion Jockey, broadcaster and author.
  • Warren Greatrex, National Hunt trainer based in Lambourn.
  • Sir AP McCoy, 20-time Champion Jockey, broadcaster and author.
  • Olly Murphy, National Hunt trainer based in Warwckshire.
  • Rishi Persad, Racing broadcaster.
  • Dan Skelton, National Hunt trainer based in Warwckshire.
  • Di Stewart, Sky Sports presenter.