The annual National Hunt North vs. South Jockeys football match was scheduled to be played after racing on 7 September 2008 at Worcester.  However, due to heavy downpours in the area, the unfortunate course was again flooded by the River Severn and the fixture abandoned.  The Wayne Burton Fund was to have been the beneficiary of the event.

Although Choc rode at Fontwell Park that day and therefore would not have been available to play for the Southern team, he was to have offered a ‘special’ prize in the accompanying auction.  I’d love to walk the course at Cheltenham with Choc, if my finances would permit.


Worcester Racecourse later held an email/postal auction of the ‘special’ prizes so, having raided my piggybank, I bid for and was fortunate enough to win Choc’s ‘special’ prize consisting of tickets and lunch for 2 at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday 16 November 2008 and the opportunity to walk the course with him which, having been postponed due to a 1-day riding ban, occurred on Saturday 13 December 2008.

To read the account of my first visit to Cheltenham races please click below:

Diary 16 November 2008

To read my account of the day I walked Cheltenham racecourse with Choc Thornton please click below:

Diary 13 December 2008


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