Local recycling company ‘Jockey’ in charity race at the Cheltenham Festival

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Out of hundreds of hopefuls Universal Recycling's James Hughes has been chosen to race in the charity event at this years Cheltenham Festival on St Patrick's day. Former GB under 21 showjumping team member is forfilling his ambition by taking part in the race.

When you’re a jockey, whether amateur or professional, there are very few racecourses that compare to Cheltenham. Its grandeur, splendour and prestige are hard to beat – after all, it didn’t get the name ‘The Home of Jump Racing’ for nothing!

The Cheltenham Festival is a 4 day celebration of the skill, dedication and talent of jump racing’s great and good, and it’s an opportunity to showcase the very best that the sport has to offer.

The thunderous cheers and rapturous encouragement of the crowd as the runners jump the last is enough to get even the most occasional and stay-at-home racing fan palpitating with excitement, roaring them home with the most hardened and experienced punters, trainers and racing enthusiasts alike. It’s this atmosphere, this je ne sais quoi, that amateur jockey James Hughes will be aiming to tap into as he joins his Ferdy Murphy-trained mount at the starting line come St Patrick’s Thursday.

Taking time out from his busy day job as logistics manager at Universal Recycling Company, James is one of 12 jockeys entered in the St Patrick’s Derby, an annual charity race in aid of Cancer Research UK. The one mile and five furlongs race, taken on the Flat, will take place at 5.15pm as the seventh race on the day’s card, and is sure not to disappoint! Over the race’s history, over £400,000 has been raised for the charity, and James himself is aiming to add an impressive £5,000 to this year’s total.

Despite being a charity event, the race itself will be run under strict racing rules, and any punters with a bit of cash left over after the day’s big races can place a bet or two! James will of course be hoping for victory, after being chosen, along with 11 other jockeys, from almost a hundred applications, and will be keen to show his equestrian skills at jump racing’s most eagerly anticipated event of the season.

Competitiveness aside, the race is all in aid of a great cause, and one that’s close to many of the riders’ hearts. The Festival’s unique, inimitable vibe is sure to inspire and spur each of them on, guaranteeing an unforgettable race for all involved. If you want to donate towards the cause James’ just giving page can be found here http://www.justgiving.com/James-Hughes5

About Universal Recycling Company

  •     Universal Recycling has one of the most environmentally efficient WEEE recycling plants in the UK.
  •     Running for over 30 years and now is one of the most recognised scrap metal recycling processors in Europe.

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