Top jockeys helped raise almost £2,000 for charity recently — by swapping their racehorses for spacehopppers at Sandown Park.

Getting into the spirit of Comic Relief’s “Do something funny for money” H&H columnist Robert “Choc” Thornton, Timmy Murphy, Sam Thomas and Tom Scudamore along with Channel 4 presenters Alice Plunkett and John Francome bounced their way around the paddock before the racing began on Imperial Cup day (7 March).

Team Scudamore and Thomas were the winners, followed by Choc and Timmy — while John and Alice brought up the rear.

During the race spacehoppers, contestants and red noses went flying — but a total of £1,875 was raised for Comic Relief.

Sandown also welcomed over 7,000 racegoers on gates on Imperial Cup day — an increase of over 20% on last year’s meeting.

David Mackinnon, managing director of Sandown Park commented, “We have had an excellent couple of days racing, with fantastic action on the track, lots of entertainment for our customers and all enjoyed by a significant increase in the number of people compared to last year.”

For further information visit: www.sandown.co.uk