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FOOTBALL LEGEND BRYAN ROBSON ENJOYED A SPECIAL VISIT TO HAYDOCK PARK WITH THE MANCHESTER UNITED FOUNDATION

Press Release 13th December 2019 Haydock Park

By Tony Dewhurst

MANCHESTER United legend Bryan Robson enjoyed a special visit to Haydock Park for the Christmastime raceday on Wednesday 4 December. 

Dubbed Captain Marvel by the Old Trafford fans, Robson enjoyed an illustrious 22-year career for club and country.

Speaking on the day of his visit, Robson, the ambassador for Manchester United’s Foundation: “Haydock Park kindly invited 25 students from local secondary schools for a look behind the scenes at the racecourse - and it was a fantastic experience.

“To enjoy the sights and sounds of a race-day, the colour and atmosphere, was something special for them.

“Most had never experienced the enjoyment of a race-day and talking to them they said how much they had enjoyed their visit to Haydock Park, mixing with the horses and jockeys.

“They just loved the day.

“It was a little bit better than being in a classroom.”

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Robson, who won FA Cup and Premier League titles with Manchester United, is a keen racing enthusiast.

He added: “With the Manchester United Foundation, we use football to engage and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and unite the communities in which they live.

“This is the first time we’ve had a link with Haydock Park and hopefully we can build on that in the future because it was an educational experience.”

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In October 2013, Robson, scaled Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.

At the time, Robson was battling throat cancer, a fact which made the challenge much greater.

But Robson, being Robson, wasn’t to be denied, reaching the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain – all 20,000 feet of it – and raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

Meantime, Haydock Park’s Betfair Chase champion Lostintranslation is on course for his next assignment – the King George VI Stakes at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Jump racing’s rising star produced a brilliant display to deny Bristol De Mai a third win in the Grade One feature at Haydock Park last month.

Trainer Colin Tizzard: “Lostintranslation showed that he stayed extremely well at Haydock Park and we are very excited about the future.

“He’s fine in himself and we couldn’t be more pleased with him.”

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Haydock Park’s next fixture is Tommy Whittle Chase Day on Saturday December 21 followed by The Last Fling fixture on December 30.

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