We are delighted to share the amazing prizes in the Autumn raffle for the Sussex-based charity The Racehorse Sanctuary. Perfect for those who love and follow the sport of racing, all the prizes have been very kindly donated by the businesses and trainers they involve/ All the proceeds from the raffle will go to helping the Racehorse Sanctuary raise much-needed funds for the tough winter ahead.

Just as it has for many charities, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Sanctuary hard. Their usual fundraising events have been cancelled, or are impossible under current rules, so donations have dwindled completely. The cancellation of the Racehorse Sanctuary charity race day at Fontwell this autumn has once again left them in a perilous financial position.

Thankfully some of racing’s brightest and best-loved names have come to the rescue donating prizes for an amazing Autumn raffle! The details of all the prizes on offer are listed below, and here’s here you can enter:

All you need to do to be in with a shout of winning is to spend £5.00 on a ticket by texting FRANCOME to 70970. You can enter just once or as many times as you like! It’s all down to how many tickets with your name on them you’d like there to be when the raffle is drawn. That will take place on Friday the 18th of December… 🎅

Here are the details of the all-important prizes: 

🌟 FIRST PRIZE 🌟

First prize in our Autumn raffle is dinner for two people hosted by the legendary John Francome, MBE and Patron of the Racehorse Sanctuary! This will take place at The Pheasant Inn, a beautifully restored 400-year-old inn set in the scenic rolling fields of Berkshire’s chalk downlands. The Inn is just minutes from Britain’s jumps racing capital Lambourn! The prize also includes overnight accommodation at The Pheasant Inn. The winner will stay in one of their 11 beautifully-appointed rooms, with a tasty breakfast included the next day. Kindly donated by Jack Greenall, owner and proprietor of The Pheasant Inn https://www.thepheasant-inn.co.uk

John Francome, patron of the Racehorse Sanctuary

The following morning the prize winner will travel to Beechdown Stables, the base of Group 1-winning racehorse trainer Clive Cox, for a Morning on the Gallops & exclusive stable tour. Clive took out his training licence in 1999 following a successful career as a National Hunt Jockey and has since made his mark with a highly successful training operation!

Kindly donated by John Francome and Clive Cox Racing  https://www.clivecox.com

(This prize to be taken at a mutually convenient date by all parties in 2021- winners to make their own way to The Pheasant Inn and Clive Cox Racing)

🌟 SECOND PRIZE 🌟

Second prize is a Morning on the Gallops and Stable Tour for two at the beautiful Park House Stables, Kingsclere, the base of Classic-winning racehorse trainer Andrew Balding. This is one of the most beautiful private training establishments in the world and is sure to be an exciting morning for any racing fan. 

Kindly donated by Andrew and Anna Lisa Balding https://www.kingsclere.com/

(To be taken at a mutually convenient date by all parties in 2021 – winners to make their own way to Andrew Balding Racing)

Also included in the second prize is a 2-hour photo shoot with renowned equine photographer Emma Hughes! Perfect for capturing you with your horse, family or dogs (or all of the above!), this session will give you images to treasure for a lifetime. Emma has also kindly included a print credit of £200 in the prize. 

Kindly donated by Emma Hughes

Travel outside the home counties (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex) will incur mileage expenses at 40pp mile. https://www.emmahughesphotography.com/

🌟 THIRD PRIZE 🌟

Third prize is a Morning on the Gallops & Stable Tour at Charlie Longsdon Racing near Chipping Norton. After watching the thrilling spectacle of the horses training up the gallops, the lucky third prize winner will join Charlie and the team for bacon rolls and a stable tour.

Kindly donated by Charlie and Sophie Longsdon https://www.charlielongsdonracing.com

(To be taken at a mutually convenient date in 2021 and winners to make their own way to Charlie Longsdon Racing)

Also included in the third prize is a magnum of champagne, perfect for a Christmas toast! (Courtesy of The Racehorse Sanctuary; the Magnum of Champagne will be sent independently to the home address of the 3rd prize winner and no cash alternative can be given in its place.)

The Racehorse Sanctuary is incredibly grateful to all those who have donated prizes. Don’t forget to snap up your ticket before the draw takes place and help us by spreading the word far and wide. You can find more details of all three prizes and the raffle terms and conditions here: https://www.racehorsesanctuary.org/story.asp?NewsID=4487