Top jockey set for Glasgow charity bash

HORSE racing star AP McCoy is heading to Glasgow in support of two charities.

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McCoy will be heading to Glasgow
McCoy will be heading to Glasgow

The Grand National Winner will be answering questions at the Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening at the Glasgow Hilton next month.

He will be joined by top trainers Charlie Swan, Lucinda Russell and Nicky Henderson.

The event will raise money for cancer support charity Maggie's and the St Andrew's Hospice, in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

The 38-year-old said he was looking forward to visiting the city.

He said: "I rarely get a chance to make it up to Scotland due to my riding commitments, so attending the Cheltenham Preview Evening has given me a great excuse to visit Glasgow.

"I always receive a warm welcome and I'm looking forward to the night.

"It'll be a great night, and the aim is to raise money and awareness of the fantastic charities Maggie's Centres and St Andrews Hospice, which both help those with cancer and support their families and friends. Cancer creeps into most of our lives, affecting one in three people, so I fully support the exceptional work Maggie's and St Andrew's do and their aims to expand and develop over the coming years."

The evening will be chaired by Channel 4 racing presenter Nick Luck who will be joined by Johnny Gould as auctioneer plus Henrietta Knight, Mick Fitzgerald and Gordon Brown.

Trainer Lucinda said: "Cheltenham is the pinnacle of the national hunt racing year. It is the meet at which trainers, jockeys, owners and punters all want to win.

"The Cheltenham Preview Evening gives us a chance to direct people to what we believe are the best horses to back as well as raising money for two fantastic organisations."

Auction prizes on the night include a box for 10 at Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.

Maggie's Glasgow Community Fundraiser Elizabeth Emmerson said: "For anyone who is a fan of racing this is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the sport's top names."

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 26.

It is sponsored by William Hill and tickets cost £100 per person and £1000 a table.

For more information or to book, contact Elizabeth Emmerson on 07825 056 389 or by e-mailing Elizabeth.emmerson@maggies centres.org

rachel.loxton@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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