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9 November 2018

Cue Card portrait goes up for auction in aid of Racing Welfare and the Countryside Alliance

A one-off portrait of Cue Card, by renowned equestrian artist Tania Still, will go up for sale as part of the Countryside Alliance’s Countryside Day auction at Cheltenham Racecourse next Friday.

The painting, which has been created in oil on linen, depicts the prolific chaser whose many victories included the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day 2015, the 2010 Champion Bumper and 2013 Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, not to mention a hat-trick of wins in the Betfair Chase at Haydock throughout his incredible career. This striking, unique work depicts the now retired Cue Card in his full form and is a must have item for any horseracing and sporting art enthusiast.

The portrait is one of 12 exclusive lots that will be presented for live auction during the Countryside Alliance’s members’ lunch at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 16th November. A further fantastic array of racing, countryside and lifestyle lots are now available to bid on as part of the silent auction, which can be accessed here.

The painting’s creator, artist Tania Still, said

I am very happy and excited to be supporting Racing Welfare again and I really hope that the painting will raise lots of money for both charities when it goes up for sale at auction next week. Meeting Cue Card was a real treat and I would like say thank you to Colin Tizzard and Jean Bishop for their support with the project from start to finish.

On the day, the auction will be positioned adjacent to the Moet & Chandon Roma Bar in the Shopping Village (between M1 and M2). There will also be an auction station in the Countryside Alliance Members area in the Village (M4). Bidding across both the silent and live auctions will conclude at 4pm on Friday 16 November. Funds raised will go to support both Racing Welfare and the Countryside Alliance.

Countryside Day is the first of three days of fantastic jump racing that make up Cheltenham’s November Meeting. Offering a fabulous country fair atmosphere, Friday’s seven race card will be complimented by a parade of the North Cotswold hounds after the second race, accompanied by staff from the Heythrop, Beaufort and VWH hunts. Gates open on the day at 10.40am, with the first race scheduled for 12.40pm. Racing Welfare will have a stand in the shopping village throughout the meeting for anyone who would like to find out more about the charity or how to get involved in fundraising events and challenges.

Racing Welfare’s Head of Fundraising, Mark Loades, said

We are very honoured to be the charity set to benefit alongside the Countryside Alliance from funds raised by Countryside Day at Cheltenham next week. We would like to express special thanks to Tania Still for donating her beautiful depiction of the hugely popular Cue Card for auction, and to all of those who have so generously donated lots this year. The raceday is one of the highlights of the jump racing calendar each year and we are absolutely delighted to be part of it.