ROR announces Auction Lots at Racing to Cricket fundraising day

30 August 2021

Eight racing teams will do battle in the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity Racing to Cricket day at the prestigious Wormsley Cricket Ground, near High Wycombe, on Sunday 5th September to win the 2021 RoR Racing to Cricket Trophy.

Featuring both Flat and Jump trainers, with teams representing Charlie Hills, Richard Hannon, Ben Pauling, Mick Channon, Nicky Henderson, Paul Roy Racing, John Pearce Racing and for the first time, ‘The Sixties Icons’ team from Newmarket, including trainers George Boughey, James Ferguson and Charlie Fellowes.

There will be an auction at 1.30pm on Sunday 5th September during the lunch break, when renowned charity auctioneer Martin Pope will offer up seven fantastic lots for bidding to raise money for RoR.  In advance of the day, RoR is accepting bids by email at [email protected] up to 5pm on Saturday 4th September.

Kicking off the auction lots are two Centre Court debenture seats at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, and highly prized tickets for four people in prime orchestra stalls seats at the Royal Opera House to see a production of the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. Also, a top hospitality package with the use of a private box at Ascot Racecourse and catering for up to 14 people will come under the auctioneer’s hammer as well as a 12 bottle case of vintage 2013 Grand Vin de Lafite wine valued at over £4,500.

In addition, a quarter share in a yearling filly out of the Stakes placed Dutch Art mare, Dutch Princess, and by the Champion Sprinter and promising young sire Twilight Son will be auctioned. This beautiful filly will enter training for the 2022 flat season with all training expenses paid for one year, and will race in a partnership with Mrs Susan Roy.

Finally, two exciting stallion nominations including one to Nathaniel, sire of the 11-time Gr.1 Champion Enable and 2021 Gr.1 winner Lady Bowthorpe, who stands at Newsells Park Stud.  The other nomination is to the National Stud stallion Time Test, a leading first-season sire whose progeny include recent two-year-old Stakes winner and Gr.1 prospect Tardis.

Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that the event is going ahead in 2021 and we hope for another memorable day at a special venue.  We are so grateful for the generosity and support of donors, who have given us these wonderful auction lots”

Bids can be placed in advance for any of the seven lots. For more information please email [email protected]  or call Sue Wallis on 07748 653336. All bids must be received in writing by email by 5pm on Saturday 4th September 2021.


Charity auction Items:

Lot 1: Highly prized tickets and hospitality to the World’s most famous tennis championships: Two prime Debenture tickets on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Championships 2022 including the use of all the debenture lounge facilities (champagne, wine and buffet lunch of your choice in the Court Side restaurant, as well as reserved car parking space).


Lot 2: A special Christmas Present and outing: Four prime orchestra stalls seats (Row D) for the "The Nutcracker" production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, including a champagne dinner in the famous Balconies restaurant.

Date of the performance: Thursday 16th December 2021 - Performance begins at 7.30pm.


Lot 3: A great day out for fun or business. The use of a fully catered private box for 14 people on the finishing line at Ascot Racecourse.  Prime viewing with champagne, wine and buffet lunch included. Valid for a Jump or Flat fixture during the 2022/23 season. (Date to be agreed, excludes Royal Ascot).


Lot 4: A fine wine investment: Exclusive 12 bottle case of vintage 2013 Grand Vin de Lafite wine. Chateau Lafite Rothschild is unquestionably one of the very finest wine properties in the world, consistently producing wines that combine their characteristic elegance and finesse with durability and ageability. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot this case has been valued by Christies at £4,500 to £5,000.


Lot 5. A quarter-share (25%) in a yearling filly to race in 2022.  This homebred filly born in February 2020 is by the Champion Sprinter and promising young sire Twilight Son, out of the Listed placed Dutch Art mare, Dutch Princess. The horse will race in partnership with Mrs Susan Roy and all training expenses will be paid for one year on your behalf.


Lot 6. A stallion nomination to leading first-season sire Time Test for the 2022 season. 
His first-crop include recent two-year-old Stakes winner and Gr.1 prospect Tardis, and Group performers Sunset Shiraz and The King’s Horses.  A son of the great sire of sires Dubawi, Time Test stands at The National Stud for £8,500 (2021 stud fee).
Kindly donated by Lady Bamford/Daylesford Stud.


Lot 7. A stallion nomination to leading sire Nathaniel for the 2022 season.  Sire of the 11-time Gr.1 Champion Enable and 2021 Gr.1 winner Lady Bowthorpe, and 19 Gr.1/Gr.2 winners or performers to date.  A son of the legendary Galileo, Nathaniel stands at Newsells Park Stud for £15,000 (2021 stud fee).
Kindly donated by Lady Bamford/Daylesford Stud.


To register a bid or for more information, email [email protected] . All bids must be made by 5pm on Saturday 4th September 2021.


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1. About Retraining of Racehorses (RoR):

Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. The charity:

  • raises funds from within the Racing Industry for the retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • provides a safety net for ‘vulnerable’ former racehorses
  • promotes the adaptability and versatility of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • runs and funds a well established programme of competitions and educational events across the country
  • provides information for owners and trainers in both the Racing and Equine Industries to assist with the rehoming and retraining of their former racehorses

The ultimate goal is to maintain a balance between the number of horses leaving Racing and the number of enthusiastic, and suitable, new homes. For more information visit RoR’s website:


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