Article Date: 13-January-2012
Wendy Normile of Coolmore Stud and Niall Cronin of the Evening Herald are the two Irish riders selected to ride in the charity race at Cheltenham on Thursday, March 15th. The one mile, five-furlong event is in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The first running in 2010 was won by Dublin barrister Orna Maddden and last year's race was won by broadcast journalist Lorna Fowler on the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Plato (pictured below). The 12 riders taking part this year are:
JOANNE McCAIN (44, from Cheshire) - daughter of the late Ginger McCain, trainer of Red Rum.
WENDY NORMILE (46, Co Tipperary) - assistant to the manager of Coolmore Stud.
NIALL HANNITY (32, North Yorkshire) - a broadcast journalist for Racing UK and William Hill Radio.
TINA COOK (41, West Sussex) - an accomplished international three-day event rider.
LINDSEY HUNTING (28, Worcestershire) - work as a nurse at Worcester Royal Hospital, partner of jockey Paddy Brennan.
NIALL CRONIN (25, Co Kildare) - racing correspondent for the Evening Herald, has won the Punchestown charity race for the last two years.
ANGELICA O'BRIEN (38, Cheltenham) - Amateur rider, has worked for Nigel Twiston-Davies, married to trainer Fergal O'Brien.
SHAN COTHI (46, Cardiff) - Welsh opera singer, actress and presenter. Lost her husband to pancreatic cancer.
JAMES HUGHES (23, Doncaster) - An accomplished show jumper whose parents have horses in training with Ferdy Murphy.
CANDIDA BAKER (41, Hants) - mother of two, married to trainer George Baker.
STUART PARR (26, Merseyside) - a fire fighter with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Rides out for Donald McCain.
GINA BRYCE (28, London): Presenter on At The Races.
Pictured below: Lorna Fowler with charity race winner Plato last year
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