Published Monday 3rd October 2016

On the eve of racing returning to Hereford, some of the sport’s most well-known figures have gathered at the Roman Road racecourse for a charity event.

County jockey Richard Johnson, trainer and former jockey Peter Scudamore, plus trainer Venetia Williams, were among the guests at Hereford Racecourse on Thursday evening.

The sell-out event, which was attended by almost 250 people, raised about £9,500 for St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree, near Hereford.

‘It was a wonderful night with an array of fantastic guests,’ said Paddy Nugent, from St Michael’s.

‘It really whet the appetite for the return of racing to Hereford.’

Introducing the evening was BBC racing correspondent, Cornelius Lysaght.

As well as the talks, guests enjoyed a raffle and quiz.

‘We were delighted to host St Michael’s Hospice for what was a very fun and informative evening,’ said the Racecourse’s Executive Director and Clerk of the Course, Rebecca Davies.

‘It was fantastic to see the Rusty Bridge restaurant so full, and with so many local people enthusiastic about racing’s return.

‘I know first hand that St Michael’s Hospice is a wonderful charity and Hereford Racecourse looks forward to doing more with them to help raise further money.’