Eddie Partridge, key accounts manager at boiler maker Baxi, has realised a lifelong ambition by riding a thoroughbred racehorse in a horse race.
Partridge rode a four year old filly called Frolic Along in the 2011 Newmarket Town Plate, less than a year after he started learning to ride, and finished in a very credible 10th position.
The horse is owned by Mrs Wendy Jenkins and trained by her husband, racehorse trainer John Jenkins. Partridge used the opportunity to raise money the charities CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Caron Keating Foundation.
“Racing in front of a sell-out crowd at Newmarket was an exhilarating and amazing experience,” he said. “It was incredibly hard work, though, but the thought of raising money for the charities kept me going when the going got tough; I just gritted my teeth until we got near the finishing line, then the roar of the crowd seemed to lift me and I just enjoyed the moment!
“So many people are touched by cancer, and Gloria Hunniford is a close friend of my father, so we have always tried to support her charity, in memory of her daughter Caron.
“CRY is also very close to my heart. Last year one of our young heateam colleagues died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a half marathon. The charity is supported by former England footballer Gerry Francis, also a family friend.
The total so far is £6320.