An all-star team of jockeys are among the latest to sign up for The Great Racing Welfare Boat Race, due to take place on 6th September at Windsor Racecourse – but who will be brave enough to take them on?
The competitive crew consists of a selection of former and current jockeys, including current leader of the Jump Jockey’s Championship Sean Bowen, alongside James Bowen, Christian Williams, Jamie Moore, Josh Moore, William Kennedy, Tom Scudamore, Tom O’Brien, Sam Thomas, Sam Twiston-Davies, Harry Skelton, Bridget Skelton, Connor Brace, Jack Tudor and team captain Rhys Flint.
Harry Skelton is keen on the team’s chances. He said: “I’m looking forward to it – Rhys has put together a strong team so we’re going there to win! I’ve not done anything like this before but I previously did the cycle challenge for Racing Welfare, I think it’s really important to support these racing charities where we can.”
Teams from within the racing industry are invited to sign up for the challenge before 23rdAugust to take part in this exhilarating dragon boat race down a stretch of the River Thames, from a pontoon based near to the racecourse. Each team will consist of 11 people including one drummer with the option of additional crew to swap in, and will compete in a minimum of two races, with the fastest going through to the semis and a final.
The Great Racing Welfare Boat Race promises to be a fun, competitive afternoon on the water, complete with a live DJ and after-party for all participants during the evening. There is also a prize for the best turned out with fancy dress strongly encouraged!
Support for the event, which is raising crucial funds for organisers Racing Welfare, has already come from all across the industry, with entries representing The Jockey Club, ARC, Worcester Racecourse, Ben Pauling, Dan Skelton, Fergal O’Brien, Anthony Honeyball, Tweenhills, Newsells Park Stud and Total Performance Data.
Limited places are still available. Entries cost £500 per team, with a fundraising target of £500 and all funds will help the charity to provide vital support for people working in or retired from the racing industry.