Overcast skies welcomed 96 of the “Great and the Good” of the racing world to The Berkshire Golf Course on 2nd June. They had come to celebrate 50 years of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The presence of so many famous and familiar faces illustrates the regard in which the work of this great charity is held.
The skies cleared and the sun came out to welcome the “shotgun” start. This means that all the teams start at once on different holes. Champagne Pol Roger had sponsored the whole day and provided all the prizes (liquid) for Best Team, Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin and so on. Furthermore they provided a welcome glass of chilled Brut Reserve on the 18th tee to help the players on their way as well as seats to rest weary legs. Team Balding had the pleasure of starting at the 18th tee but were in agreement that even at 10 am Pol Roger went down extremely well.
The competition was fierce, with the Best Team prize going down to the wire before falling to the Johnno Spence Team which included J.P.Magnier, Ed Dunlop and Barry Orr. Other notable winners, who received their prizes from Charles Hamer, Director of Racing for Pol Roger, were: Walter Swinburn for Nearest the Pin and Alice Arnold for the Longest Drive in the Ladies’ section.
The previous evening at a sumptuous dinner for the participants, the bidding was fierce for a trip to visit Pol Roger in Epernay with a tasting and lunch donated by the Company, finally falling to a bid of £4500. In total the day raised £112000 for the charity.