Search

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock rides home for charity at Newmarket Racecourse

15:39 19 August 2012

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock entering the winners

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock entering the winners' enclosure. Photo: Newmarket Racecourse

Archant

A Suffolk MP has won an amateur horse race while raising thousands of pounds for charity.

shares

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock took part in the Newmarket Cavalry Charge on the town’s world famous race circuit as part of Horsemen and Heroes Day.

Some £10,000 was raised for Racing Welfare and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualty Fund.

The MP, who lost two stone in 10 weeks preparation for the race, rode Dick Doughtwylie, owned by Rachel Hood and trained by John Gosden.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won the race after a tough ten weeks of preparation,” he said. “The exhilaration of coming home over the line first is something I will never forget and has been a real highlight of my summer.

“I was honoured to have this unique opportunity to have a fantastic time whilst raising money for two tremendous charities. “I am very grateful to my trainer, John Gosden, and to all the stable staff at his yard who helped me learn to stay on a racehorse so enthusiastically.

“I am now looking forward to putting back on at least one of the two stone I lost in what remains of summer, so I can fit into my suits.”

Mr Hanock was taught to ride a racehorse by world-class trainers, John Gosden and Michael Bell.

To donate to Mr Hancock’s charities visit www.justgivin.com/matthewhancockmp.

shares

Other news

Yesterday, 17:37
The road closed at a Santon Downham after a fatal accident on the Brandon Road near Thetford golf club. 
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A 78-year-old man has died after a serious road collision in Thetford.

Yesterday, 10:37
Armed police are this morning at a disturbance in Kings Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Thieves have stolen the registration plates of a car in East Harling.

Yesterday, 10:15
The volunteers from The Sex Rock and Roll and a Weeding group in Thetford.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

When Jane Varanand returned from the Hampton Court Flower Show in July, she tried to look at Thetford through a tourist’s eyes - and didn’t like what she saw.

Yesterday, 07:30
Sheringham Primary head teacher Dominic Cragoe and pupils in the school playground. Photo: Karen Bethell

The head teacher of Norfolk’s biggest primary school is set to retire this summer, after a 33-year career that saw him branded a superhead after steering two schools out of special measures.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:37
The road closed at a Santon Downham after a fatal accident on the Brandon Road near Thetford golf club. 
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A 78-year-old man has died after a serious road collision in Thetford.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:15
The volunteers from The Sex Rock and Roll and a Weeding group in Thetford.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

When Jane Varanand returned from the Hampton Court Flower Show in July, she tried to look at Thetford through a tourist’s eyes - and didn’t like what she saw.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:30
Sheringham Primary head teacher Dominic Cragoe and pupils in the school playground. Photo: Karen Bethell

The head teacher of Norfolk’s biggest primary school is set to retire this summer, after a 33-year career that saw him branded a superhead after steering two schools out of special measures.

Read more
Wed, 07:45
The entrance to the new bus station in Thetford during construction. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A coach operator has insisted that Thetford’s new £3.8m bus station will put the town’s passengers in the fast lane as it prepares to open this weekend.

Read more
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

A man lost a tooth and suffered a fractured jaw after being assaulted outside a pub in Thetford.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 3°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition