Calis Beach hosted one of the key race meeting fund-raisers of the 2013 calendar last week when they held their very own race night. Jockeys, trainers, punters and bookies were all winners on the night.

And they’re off!! A race night with a difference was hosted by Animal Aid at the Ceren Hotel, Calis on Friday 21st June – A sport for Kings!

A crowd of one hundred people enjoyed top quality racing. Forty two horses were owned and trained and not a thoroughbred amongst them. Use of the whip was banned for the evening, and the going was firm.

Mad Mike Chamberlain explained the rules to the guests, informing them that there would be seven races with six runners and riders.

The owners either rode the horse themselves or nominated a jockey.

On the throw of a dice, horses 1 – 6 were chosen and on the throw of a second dice a number of paces/furlongs were taken. There were many fallers on the hurdle races putting them back to the start line.

The winning owners received one of seven fantastic prizes provided by our sponsors……

Eyna Restaurant, Erhan Acar

Shaka Restaurant,

S&C Kuafor, Cihan

Talk of the Town, Rick Hollands

Carole & Tayfun,

Mozaik Bahce Restaurant, Dogan Eraslan & Nicola Chapman

White Top Consultancy, Hulya Yamanoglu

Everyone had the chance to buy a stake in a horse by buying a raffle ticket. Those who invested in the winning horse had their raffle tickets placed in a draw, the winning ticket received a prize.

Great fun was had by all, especially when all the runners and riders in the filly’s race were paraded in the parade ring beforehand! Everyone was checking out the form to see which filly they would buy a stake in.

The biggest race of the evening was the ‘Talk of the Town Gold Cup’, which was won by the favourite Simon Harrison riding Hammers a 7 year old gelding. Although the jockey was carrying extra weight, this horse forced a pace from the start. It was almost a photo finish when suddenly Hammer’s improved to win by a head.

Due to such a successful evening this will be repeated on a regular basis. Our tip for the next meeting is to look out for the Uzumlu Warrior.

This is a 2 year old novice horse which appeared to use this meeting as a trial for its next race. Uzumlu Warrior entered 6 races in the evening and proved to be a pacemaker for the other horses. Baggit & Leggit Bookmakers are making it a favourite for the next meeting.

Animal Aid would like to thank the Ceren Hotel for allowing us to host the event there.

They would also like to say a big thank to all the Animal Aid volunteers who assisted in making the evening such good fun and a special thank you to the crowd who cheered and supported Animal Aid’s latest and greatest fundraiser.