A Royal winner of sponsored race caps off a fabulous day at Newbury

A fabulous day for Racing to School at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday was capped off by a Royal winner, as Sextant, ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Sir Michael Stoute finished powerfully to win the Racing To School British EBF Maiden Stakes in the colours of Her Majesty The Queen.

A small group of young beneficiaries were give a VIP day to remember, which included a behind-the-scenes tour of the track.

Team member Shelley Perham and daughter Jemima were on hand with one of our racehorse simulators to offer tuition to the group and other young racegoers, plus a few older ones, on the skills needed to ride a racehorse.

ITV Racing’s Matt Chapman couldn’t resist the opportunity and involved leading jockey Robert Winston as they discussed the big race of the day.

When Racing to School’s sponsored race came along, our beneficiaries were given the rare chance to enter the Parade Ring to judge the horse best-turned out, which they awarded to Capestra trained by Ralph Beckett. For the race itself, the group was offered the best view in the house from the Royal Box, which turned out to be a great omen as the favourite Sextant claimed the win for his owner Her Majesty The Queen. Racing to School Chairman David Adam, along with five excited young people, were then given the great honour of presenting the winning trophy to The Queen’s Racing Manger, John Warren.

It truly was a fantastic day to promote Racing to School’s work with young people nationwide and how we introduce the next generation to the sport. We are extremely grateful to all of the staff at Newbury that not only helped make Saturday a success, but are also so welcoming to the charity on our activity days throughout the year. We are also very thankful to Alex Frost and Ladyswood Stud, who were the headline sponsor on the day for very kindly donating the race to the charity.