Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre holds annual raceday at Plumpton Racecourse, 21 October 2013

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre held its 14th annual fund raising raceday at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday 21st October. The event raised over £45,000 which will go towards the running costs of the Welfare Centre, which is a charity that rehabilitates former racehorses so they join over 8,000 other horses in enjoying a long and successful second career.

Moorcroft, in the Sussex Weald countryside is one of the three BHA accredited horse rehabilitation centres in the UK. A huge amount of care is given at Moorcroft to find new permanent homes for former racehorses specifically tailored to the horses’ abilities and needs.

As a charity, the admirable work that is done at Moorcroft is dependent on donations. The Moorcroft Raceday at Plumpton has raised over £500,000 since its inception, and the annual raceday is its most successful fundraising event contributing 20% towards the annual running costs of the Centre. This year's raceday raised £45,000, and the money is vital in underpinning the Centre’s work in retraining racehorses for life after racing as recreational or companion horses.

The Moorcroft Raceday is an action-packed event which saw not only the running of the Josh Gifford Memorial Trophy, but also the popular Shetland Pony Gold Cup which involves 12 Shetland ponies. Sponsored by many prominent owners, racegoers had the opportunity to view the Shetlands parading in the paddock beforehand, and the tote kindly run a pool on the race so visitors could back their own fancy. 

The raceday at Plumpton was also supported by many prominent racing VIPs who attended the Moorcroft Marquee Lunch and Auction.  The auctioneer this year was trainer Richard Phillips who auctioned a number of exciting “money can’t buy” lots on offer. 

The Moorcroft Raceday is a well-established and much loved event in Plumpton Racecourse’s calendar. It is vitally important for the running Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre. It ensures the continuation that the invaluable work at Moorcroft which guarantees that the horse’s welfare is paramount in its rehabilitation.

Further details of the event can be found online at or at

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