Last weekend saw the launch of a major new fundraising initiative by Racing Welfare when a unique Sarah Fabergé egg was unveiled at a Champagne reception at the Jockey Club Rooms on Saturday 5th May.
The egg has been designed exclusively for the Charity and inspired by the recently retired Ouija Board. Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition, entitled "The Winner's Egg", will go to Racing Welfare, the charity which provides help and assistance to staff who work or have worked in the Thoroughbred Industry.
The creation of eggs by the Fabergé family, dates back to the time when they were given as Easter gifts by the Imperial family of Russia. Today's eggs are still individually made to the same exacting standards but are now generally created to help raise money for charities. Just last year, Sarah Fabergé, great-granddaughter of the jeweler to the Russian Imperial family, Carl Fabergé, created the George Best Egg in homage to Manchester United and Northern Ireland's greatest ever football player, and in support of the George Best Foundation.
Each one of the eggs open up to show a model or 'surprise' relevant to their theme and the inspiration for the surprise inside "The Winner's Egg" was the great Ouija Board.
The first egg carries the colours of Ouija Board's owner, Lord Derby and was unveiled by Jockey Club Senior Steward, Julian Richmond-Watson on Saturday evening at a champagne reception at the Jockey Club Rooms. The Racing Welfare egg can lay claim to being unique in that it can be individually adapted to reflect an owners set of colours. Guests at the reception, which was supported by Guineas Festival sponsors Stan James, were able to inspect "The Winner's Egg" at close quarters and place their order for one of the limited edition of fifty.
Lord Derby, together with Ouija Board's trainer, Ed Dunlop, and regular jockey, Frankie Dettori, were present at the event. Other guests at the reception included Lester Piggott, John McCririck, jockeys Michael Hills, Daryll Holland and Kevin Darley.