Racing Post, the daily racing news and betting publisher, has unwrapped its limited edition 2015 charity Christmas jumpers. The stylish selection goes on sale today as part of the #Jumpers4Horses campaign with all proceeds going directly to Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
Punters will need to be quick out of the stalls to get their hands on these winter warmers – last year’s range sold out in just 48 hours.
Leading jockeys and RoR ambassadors Frankie Dettori and Richard Johnson have got into the festive spirit by throwing their support behind the campaign.
Dettori, a three-time Champion Flat Jockey and winner of this year’s Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, said: “Christmas jumpers have become as typically British as talking about the weather, queueing, and drinking tea, so I’m sure the 2015 Racing Post range is going to be a big hit.
“They might be a novelty item but they are raising money for a very valuable cause – take my advice and get them while you can.”
Available in four styles – Nordic Red, Nordic Green, Sam the Snowman, and Winter Racecourse – Racing Post is aiming to raise more than £5,000 for RoR, British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.
Manufactured in the UK and available exclusively at racingpost.com/shop, each design is available in small, medium, large and extra-large and costs £17.99, including postage and packing.
Richard Johnson is on course to land the champion jump jockey title following Tony McCoy’s 20-year unbeaten stint.
Pictured with his 2000 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Looks Like Trouble, who is now happily retired at his home in Herefordshire, Johnson said: “This is a fantastic campaign that will give a real boost to RoR’s work to provide fulfilling second careers to former racehorses – the jumpers have got to be this year’s hottest stocking filler.”
Racing Post editor Bruce Millington said: “The response we had to last year’s Christmas jumpers was incredible, and so we are unwrapping a new set of designs to meet public demand. We are delighted to be able to support the special work that RoR does in such a fun and popular way.”
RoR chief executive Di Arbuthnot said: “RoR is delighted to be this year’s beneficiary of #Jumpers4Horses. Not only will the activity raise valuable funds for the charity it will help generate awareness of the versatility and adaptability of racehorses and why we are able to give an increasing number new careers after their racing days have come to an end.”
Follow @RacingPost and @RoRlatest for the latest #Jumpers4Horses news and pictures.
Watch this video to find out more about the transition from racehorse to a new career facilitated by RoR: https://vimeo.com/146373449.