Distinctive “Two Black Labs” silks kindly donated to Racing to School

They may not be as instantly recognisable as the silks of Prince Khalid Abdullah or J P McManus, but the newly-designed colours (pictured above) certainly stand out from the crowd. They were created by devoted dog lover Deborah Thompson, one half of the Two Golf Widows partnership that owns One For Arthur, the heroic winner of the Grand National in April.

Deborah took part in a scheme offered by the sport’s regulator, which gave nine successful applicants the chance to register their new designs at a cost of £5,000. A fifth of this fee was split between the racing charities, Racing Welfare and Retraining of Racehorses, with the remainder being invested in helping to better recruit and retain racehorse owners.

Fittingly, the “Two Black Labs” design will be worn by jockeys riding for Two Black Labs partnership, who own the Lucinda Russell-trained Big River. Luck was certainly with these canine colours, as their first public showing aboard Big River resulted in a great win in the Clifford & Martin Firth Memorial Novices’ Chase at Kelso, and by 11 lengths, no less.

Now a set of these fantastic silks have very kindly been donated by Mrs Thompson to help the work of Racing to School for use as part of the charity’s’ Education Programme. These paw prints are bound to prove a popular choice with our young people.

The silks were presented to the children on a recent Racing to School day at Hexam racecourse.

Big River winning the Clifford & Martin Firth Memorial Novices’ Chase at Kelso in October

It is through kind donations such as these great jockeys’ silks that allow the charity to make these activity days fun and inspiring. We wish the Two Black Labs Partnership further success, so be sure to look out for them.