FORMER jockey Marcus Armytage is to captain a team of journalists in a charity cricket match against a horse racing XI on Sept 21 in aid of the Wiltshire-based charity Greatwood, which cares for retired racehorses.
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writer brings his team to Challow and Childrey Cricket Club, near Wantage, the match starting at 10.30am. The horse racing team will be captained by trainer Oliver Sherwood, brother of former jockey Simon Sherwood, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Desert Orchid.
Players scheduled to appear include Derby-winning trainer William Haggas, Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Kim Bailey, BBC commentator Rishi Persad, trainer George Baker and trainer Nick Gifford, son of Aldaniti trainer Josh and whose sister Tina Cook won two Olympic eventing bronze medals in Beijing.
The officials include trainer Henry Candy as umpire and Bill Frindall MBE, the Test Match Special scorer, as guest speaker and commentator. Other charities to benefit are Spinal Research, The Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and St John Ambulance. Admission is free.