Sheikh Fahad Al Thani has already done plenty to support British racing since becoming involved in the sport in 2010, and this year his efforts step up another gear with his plan to run the London Marathon for racing Welfare alongside Racing and Bloodstock Manager David Redvers and six of his trainers.
The team of eight, all of whom will be raising money for the charity, includes Andrew Balding, Richard Hannon Jr, Robert Cowell, David Simcock, Charlie Hills and Olly Stevens, is already in training with experienced marathon runner David Redvers the firm favourite to fare best on Sunday, April 13.
“When the proposal of a team of trainers was first put forward we were treated to as many updates of ailments affecting the trainers themselves as we receive about the horses under their care,” said Redvers. “However, we are delighted with the make-up of the eventual team. Fittingly, the line-up includes the three training operations who each delivered Group 1 overseas success for Sheikh Fahad in 2013, as well as the trainers responsible for Qatar Racing’s 2013 Royal Ascot winners.
“We have been working with the charity Racing Welfare since the launch of the QIPCO British Champions Series in 2011. Sheikh Fahad’s passion is for the horses and their care and so he is very aware of the work and dedication of the stud and stable staff who look after them. This is a fantastic gesture by Sheikh Fahad and the trainers and shows their commitment to those who work in our sport.”
Lesley Graham, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, added: “We were over the moon to learn that Sheikh Fahad has chosen Racing Welfare to benefit from his Virgin Money London Marathon challenge. We thank him for his on-going commitment to Racing Welfare, which is invaluable. He has been involved in a number of projects in the past including supporting our 24hr helpline. We wish the Qatar Racing – London Marathon Team all the best with their training and look forward to congratulating them at the finish line in April!”