AHT Race Day celebrates ten years in style raising significant funds for the charity

Thanks to the dedicated committee, a stellar auction and, despite the inclement weather, the season’s first day of racing at the July Course was a superb event for Newmarket’s Animal Health Trust.  

 The Newmarket July Course has been the home of the annual Animal Health Trust (AHT) charity race day for 10 years and this year’s event looks to be the most successful race day yet; with an amazing £65,000 raised for the veterinary and scientific research charity.

Based just outside Newmarket, the AHT’s scientists, vets and support staff all work tirelessly to keep horses, dogs and cats fit and free from disease and injury. The horseracing industry would not be the same without the charity’s disease surveillance work, particularly in 2019 with the outbreaks of equine influenza affecting horses across the UK.


Frankie Dettori celebrates his win in the Keystone Law and Rae Guest Racing Fillies' Novice Stakes at the AHT Gala Race Day

The charity race day is organised by a very dedicated committee of local business figureheads, Chaired for the first time this year by Steve Elsom. The event saw more than 300 guests enjoy a spectacular day’s racing and hospitality on Saturday 8 June, with an impressive main auction including a Caribbean holiday, limited edition signed L.S. Lowry print and a chance to attend the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Kevin Clements, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at the Animal Health Trust, said: “The whole committee and the Race Course provided a tremendous amount of support which made the race day possible. Without them this spectacular event simply would not happen and we’re thrilled to be able to say that this year’s event was our best so far with a record amount raised for the charity. This is a true testament to all of the hard work of our Chair and committee members, who are all so very passionate about supporting the AHT, and this really showed on the day.”


It was a privilege to take over as Chair for this year’s race day. The committee really went above and beyond and this was reflected in a very enjoyable and hugely successful event. I’d like to thank all our race sponsors, supporters and guests who gave generously at the event. We look forward to seeing how we can continue to improve this event for next year and finding new ways to support this vitally important charity.


Steve Elsom, Chair of the AHT Gala Race Day Committee

We are very grateful to our 2019 Gala Race Day sponsors for their support:

A table at the Animal Health Trust’s Charity Race Day makes a perfect day out with friends and family or an ideal way to entertain business clients. If you’re interested in attending future event, email vivien.thomas@aht.org.uk