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17 June 2024

Ascot Racecourse Supports to donate £5,000 to Retraining of Racehorses for each Ryan Moore winner at Royal Ascot 

With all eyes on Royal Ascot this week, the Ascot Racecourse Supports community and charity programme supports projects which will leave a lasting impression, not just for this week, but throughout the year and beyond.

This year, for every race that Racing Ambassador, Ryan Moore, wins during Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse Supports will donate £5,000 to Retraining of Racehorses, British horse racing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.

Ryan Moore has been the leading jockey at Royal Ascot ten times during his career including last year when he partnered six winners and in 2022 where he had seven winners.

Ryan Moore, Ascot Racecourse Supports Racing Ambassador, said: “I’m really pleased to be helping Ascot this year. Ascot Racecourse Supports are very kindly donating £5,000 for any winner I ride at Royal Ascot, and hopefully we can raise some money.”

Moore has ridden 79 winners at Royal Ascot during his career with his first one coming in 2008 on Colony for Sir Michael Stoute in the King George V Stakes.

He added, “Royal Ascot, for me it’s the highlight of the British racing season, and it’s probably the best race meeting in the world. Five days of very competitive races. It’s very hard to win there. I look forward to it every year. I would say it’s my favourite meeting and I’ve been very fortunate to be to have been a part of it for so long. 

“Riding winners at Ascot is very hard. It took me a few attempts to ride my first one and I’ve been lucky to ride for some of the biggest trainers in Britain and Ireland and I’m fortunate to have ridden a lot of winners there now, and really I’m always just looking forward to the next one and you don’t know if it’s definitely going to come, so hopefully we just try to keep ticking them off.”

Nick Smith, Director of Racing & Public Affairs for Ascot Racecourse:‘This year, we’re really proud to be launching a new initiative with our Ascot Racecourse Supports racing ambassador, Ryan Moore, and Retraining of Racehorses. For every race that Ryan Moore wins, Ascot Racecourse Supports will donate £5,000 to the worthy charity. We’ve worked with them on a lot of initiatives in the past, but this is going to be our flagship initiative, and we’re just hoping that Ryan rides loads of winners for them.”

Vicky Vine, Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, RoR: “It’s hugely important for Retraining of Racehorses that Ascot has chosen to support RoR during Royal Ascot week. It’s going to make it a really exciting week for RoR and I know the whole of the team and all our supporters will be cheering Ryan on from wherever they’re watching.

“The money that’s being raised is incredibly important to us. This year, just to put it into context, we are going to be spending over £1 million on programs such as education for owners of former racehorses to help build that trust and bond between them and their horses, which is particularly important in that first step out of racing, but also for our Welfare Safety Net programs, such as our Vulnerable Horse Scheme. So the donation is incredibly important to us, and we will be backing Ryan all the way.”

In addition to supporting RoR, Ascot:

  • have balloted 500 pairs of Queen Anne Enclosure tickets to locals within a three-mile radius, taking the total number of tickets donated to residents to over 2500 since 2021.
  • invited 27 charitable organisations to trial their pop-up restaurants ahead of Royal Ascot. Not only did up to 230 benefactors have the opportunity to experience high-quality fine dining by celebrity chefs, but it also gave the team the chance to prepare for the week ahead.
  • will have a dedicated Schools Viewing and Picnic Area on the Ascot Heath (Tuesday and Wednesday) that will accommodate up to 500 students per day – double the number of last year. Each student will get a free goody-bag, Union Jack flag and the chance to meet Scotty, the Ascot Colts & Fillies Club mascot.

The three principal single Service Armed Forces charities, comprising the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Army Benevolent Fund and the RAF Benevolent Fund, will once again be the official nominated charity partners for Royal Ascot 2024.

The three charities will attend on the Wednesday and Friday of Royal Ascot to dovetail with the “50% discount” ticket offer that has been extended to serving military personnel for both days. A dedicated Armed Forces Bar will be available for all personnel and around 60 charity volunteers will also be bucket collecting on both days. Ascot’s long-term support of the charities also includes a donation from the sale of certain beverages across enclosures, which combined with bucket collections, has raised more than £282,000 over the past seven years. 

Lastly, Britain’s leading bookmakers will donate all profits from the Britannia Stakes race at this year’s Royal Ascot to some of the UK’s top charities, including Ascot Racecourse Supports, Prostate Cancer UK, HEROS, Churchill Lions Foundation, Go Racing Green and Missing People

Betting and Gaming Council members Flutter (Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet), Entain (Ladbrokes, Coral), Evoke (888 William Hill), Kindred (Unibet), Betway, Rank Group (Grosvenor Sport), Virgin Bet, Fitzdares, Star Sports, QuinnBet, Tote and Bet with Ascot have all signed up to the fundraising initiative.   

They will hand over all profits made from win and each-way bets, after levy and duties are deducted, on the big-field heritage handicap.  Last year’s race raised a whopping £1.2 million from BGC members for a host of worthy causes. And if bookmakers fail to make a profit on this year’s renewal, they have agreed to make a combined donation of £200,000 to be split among the nominated charities. 

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