Top jockeys get into the Christmas spirit with charity jumpers

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  • An equine charity is set to benefit from a festive fashion range produced by the Racing Post.

    Top jockeys Frankie Dettori and H&H columnist Richard Johnson are backing the #Jumpers4Horses campaign, which is raising money for Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

    The Christmas knitwear comes in four styles — Nordic red, Nordic green, Sam the snowman and winter racecourse.

    Credit: Mick Atkins

    Credit: Mick Atkins

    Last year the stylish selection sold out in just 48 hours.

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    Three-time champion Flat jockey Frankie, who also won this year’s Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, said he is sure the range is going to be a big hit.

    “Christmas jumpers have become as typically British as talking about the weather, queueing, and drinking tea,” he said.

    “They might be a novelty item but they are raising money for a very valuable cause – take my advice and get them while you can.”

    The Racing Post is hoping to raise more than £5,000 for RoR with its snug yuletide collection.

    RoR is British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing.

    “This is a fantastic campaign that will give a real boost to RoR’s work to provide fulfilling second careers to former racehorses — the jumpers have got to be this year’s hottest stocking filler,” said H&H columnist Richard.

    RP - JohnsonMade in the UK, the jumpers are available through the Post’s website and are available in sizes small to extra-large.

    Each jumper costs £17.99, including postage and packaging.

    “The response we had to last year’s Christmas jumpers was incredible, and so we are unwrapping a new set of designs to meet public demand,” said Racing Post editor Bruce Millington.

    “We are delighted to be able to support the special work that RoR does in such a fun and popular way.”

    Di Arbuthnot, from the charity, said they are “delighted” to be this year’s beneficiary of #Jumpers4Horses.

    “Not only will the activity raise valuable funds for the charity it will help generate awareness of the versatility and adaptability of racehorses and why we are able to give an increasing number new careers after their racing days have come to an end,” she said.

    For more information, visit: www.ror.org.uk

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