More than £20,000 has been raised for The Racehorse Sanctuary and Re-homing Centre at a charity lunch and auction held at Fontwell Park Racecourse.

Sunday 24 February was the second running of this event at which 170 guests enjoyed an afternoon’s racing while raising money for the charity at the West Sussex track.

Ex-jockey Colin Brown, who famously partnered the great Desert Orchid to 17 victories, hosted the auction.

Items included a hospitality box at Kempton Park for 20 people, a morning at the gallops with Brendan Powell and a day with Channel 4 Racing, with an appearance on The Morning Line.

Graham Oldfield, Chairman of Trustees for The Racehorse Sanctuary told H&H: “We are delighted with the support and generosity from both the racing fraternity and the general public.

“We are also pleased how this function has already become part of the racing calendar for so many people.”

The Racehorse Sanctuary was set up eighteen months ago by Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins — founders of the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre. Currently there are 15 horses at The Racehorse Sanctuary in Cowfield, West Sussex, and 33 on the waiting list.

Mr Oldfield added: “We are completely self funded so the money raised at Fontwell will greatly help with our running costs.”

For more information www.racehorsesanctuary.org