Interesting day spent at Newmarket Racecourse event in June 2012
Online PR News – 16-October-2012 – June 2012 / Newmarket, UK – Saturday the 30th June 2012 saw Fee Club host an extremely successful day with wonderful weather to add to the atmosphere.
Starting off with an auction for the Animal Health Trust, The Fee Club gave for auction one week in Malta, in a 5 star hotel with bed and breakfast, return flights, and a private tour of the stunning capital, Valletta, plus dinner and complimentary gaming chips in the regal Casino di Venezia.
The Fee Club started off with providing our guests with champagne and canapés, moving onto the main course which consisted of rare roasted beef, red pepper, artichoke and summer vegetable Tian with pesto dressing and delicious baby potato. Dessert entailed milk chocolate and hazel nut whip, with praline marshmallow centre and chocolate ice cream. For afternoon tea we had traditional scones, cream and jam tea followed by a tantalising selection of vintage wines.
All the races were thrilling to watch with almost everyone but the bar-men getting up from their seats to enjoy a bit of gambling and banter in-between themselves. Sir Anthony Bevan was also in attendance kindly, raising money for the Animal Health Trust.
The Fee Club also sponsored a race in which Victoria Harding was lucky enough to present the cup to the winner and our guests picked the best dressed horse – which actually won the race, so our and the guests luck was definitely in for the day! Another easy winner on the card was Area Fifty One, who took the Fee Club Handicap under David Nolan.
There were record crowds of 10,000 people and the racing was both televised by Channel 4 and UK Racing for satellite broadcasting all around the world. There were 7 races with the John Sunley Memorial, a criterion stakes a class 1 group 3 race and the £150000 Tattersalls Millions and year old cup as a class 2 race and The Fee Club handicap stakes as the other class 2 race.
The Fee Club race had the largest field of 15 horses from 5 different countries. The Animal Health Trust had a VIP marquee on the finishing line and hosted nearly 300 guests. The guests included sponsors and their guests for all the sponsored races with the good and the great of Newmarket Racing and Lord and Lady Fairhaven hosting the top table.
Amongst the committee for the race day were Sir Henry Cecil and Mark Tompkins representing the trainers with other trainers including Mick Channon, Pat Eddery and Clive Britton, whilst Frankie Dettori paid a visit after his race. Mick Channon trained the winner of the grand hotel Lienz Tyrol Austria race.
The Fee Club race was won by Area 51 from the USA trained by Richard Fahey at Malton and the prizes were presented by Victoria Harding, Irmhild Archner and Gillian Papenfus from The Fee Flub to the winning owner.