Over the May Racing Weekend at one of the leading racecourses in the country, Ascot Racecourse, kindly offered to rename a race in honour of our work.
The Dingley’s Promise Handicap Stakes (class 4) took place on Friday 11th May 2018. This one-mile handicap race was for three-year old thoroughbreds that have been rated from 71 to 85. This fast flat race was a perfect end to the six races over the course of the evening.
We were honoured to be invited along to join this flat meeting on a lovely spring evening. Before the race commenced, the participating horses entered the Parade Ring, led by their grooms; often the unsung heroes at the races. Dave Ormrod, Chair of Dingley’s Promise was invited to judge the Best Turned-Out horse; considering plaits, quarter marks and shoes! Horse 19, Viceroy Mac, won the title with a presentation of a cheque to the trainer, David Loughnane from Tern Hill.
Back upstairs in the prestigious Ascot Authority Box, we were able to watch the race, clasping our bets! A close race saw horse 2, Corrosive take first place. A beautiful American colt with a bay hair coat, which had good odds to be placed in the race.
Immediately afterwards we took to the podium to present the Dingley’s Promise Handicap Stakes cup to the owner, Mr V.I. Araci and a bottle of Bollinger Champagne to the trainer, Hugo Palmer from Newmarket and to the jockey, Josephine Gordon. With a fabulous introduction from Ascot Racecourse to our Charity before the presentations, and our advert on the large screens, we were pleased to see our name in a new area.
Dave Ormrod, Chair said “Dingley’s Promise are incredibly thankful to Ascot Racecourse. Not just for the fantastic evening and named race, but with a recent generous grant award towards our Family Support work and the opportunity to raise money at a bucket collection at a future race day.”