Exeter Racecourse sponsored the winning team at a recent charity golf match held in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund at the Teign Valley Golf Club.
Twenty teams took part in the event with all fees waived by the club’s owner Simon Lister had donated the day free of charge and provided food throughout the day.
Exeter’s team comprised of racecourse director and team captain Duncan Sykes, Neil Wyatt from Higos Insurance Services, Will Tottle from Finlake Holiday Park and former jockey Paul O’Neill.
The course also fielded a second team captained by racecourse manager Dan Thompson with Terry Wheatley from Heavitree Brewery and Malcolm Protheroe.
Organiser Malcolm Barrett, a former jockey, said: “It was a wonderful day with a fantastic turnout and we’re grateful to all the jockeys and trainers who travelled to Devon to take part. We’ve raised about £4000 for the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.”
The funds will go specifically to Oaksey House in Lambourn for a new piece of rehabilitation equipment that will be prefixed with Teign Valley in recognition of Simon’s on going support of the IJF.
“It’s wonderful to be involved and to do something in support of such a superb charity. We’ve been very lucky with such lovely weather today and it’s thanks to all the team who took part,” said Simon.
Among those who played were former jump jockeys Carl LLewellyn, John Francome who is also patron of the IJF, Steve Smith-Eccles and Jodie Mogford. Also playing were Tom Scudamore, David Crosse, Kevin Jones, Kieran O’Neill, Christian Leech, John Flint and owners Gino Paletta and Simon Such who own The New One.
Exeter’s Daniel Thompson, who also donated lunch for four in the Desert Orchid Restaurant on a raceday, said: “We’ve all had a really great time and we’re very proud to be supporting such a good event. We’re already looking forward to next year when we will be defending our crown!”