Matthew is delighted to have won the first amateur race to be run on Newmarket’s world famous July Course as part of the Newmarket Cavalry Charge, on 18 August. He was racing as part of town’s Horsemen and Heroes Day to raise money for two charities: Racing Welfare and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualty Fund. Matthew rode Dick Doughtywylie, owned by Rachel Hood and trained by John Gosden.
He learned to ride a racehorse, riding out with world class trainers John Gosden and Michael Bell and lost two stone in 10 weeks in preparation for the race.
So far Matthew has raised almost £10,000 for the two excellent charities and you can still donate to them through his Just Giving site at http://www.justgiving.com/matthewhancockmp - as part of an overall fundraising effort that has raised £100,000.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have won the race after a tough ten weeks of preparation. 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.”