Doncaster's St Leger Meeting Opened With A Step Back In Time
Doncaster staged one of the most surreal races ever run today, in the shape of the Fudge and Smudge Leger Legends Classified Stakes.
Sixteen jockeys, all household names from days gone by, locked horns in the one mile contest, in aid of charity.
The race, staged under the rules of racing, was devised in an effort to raise money towards the establishment of the ‘ Injured Jockeys’ Fund retirement and rehabilitation facility in the north of England.
The race was the brainchild of Jack Berry and involved great riders of the past, including Pat Eddery, John Reid, Ernie Johnson and John Francome.
The prize, however, was won by Charlie Swan aboard Miami Gator, who made all of the running ahead of Legal Legacy and Dale Gibson.
On hand to present the winners’ prize was racing legend Lester Piggott, the winning jockey saying: " It’s great Lester is here. I remember beating him a neck about 20 years ago. He is a proper legend."
On his winning mount, Swan, who retired seven years ago, said: " He was the form horse in the race so I suppose he was entitled to win."
Although only seventh on Archie Rice, Channel 4 racing pundit John Francome spoke for all concerned saying: " All of the boys enjoyed themselves and they will have earned a lot of money for the Injured Jockeys Fund which is the main thing.
Hopefully, the popularity and publicity generated from the event will lead to more races of this kind in the future.