A day filled with excellent golf, ice cold drinks and a fantastic BBQ to finish it all off, the duel of the jockeys golf day certainly lived up to expectations!
The day started off with sad news that Frankie Dettori was forced to pull out after injuring his arm in a paddock fall at Great Yarmouth the previous week. However, this was not to dampen spirits as Mick Fitzgerald was on standby to fill in his place, meaning it would be himself and Jim Crowley captaining their respective teams. With the sun trickling over the high rise trees, the players registered before sitting down to enjoy a tea or coffee and a breakfast roll to kick off the day.
After the welcome and briefing, the players made their way to their starting holes before teeing off at 11:00am. Across a number of the holes, players were greeted with opportunities to enjoy a variety of food and beverages throughout the day. Players visiting hole 1 were greeted to a succulent Gaucho steak and red wine. Hole 5 saw players enjoy a can of Pimms along with a charitable chipping challenge, with all proceeds raised being donated to the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF). The Albatross club greeted players on hole 12 as golfers were offered a glass of Whispering Angel fine rose wine. Finally, Your Golf Travel set up on hole 18 with players participating in a beat the pro challenge. As players approached their final holes, it was team Crowley who on this occasion triumphed as victorious!
Although the suncream was in full force throughout the day, by the time of the drinks reception and silent auction at 4:00pm there were a fair few red faces! However, I’m sure this wasn’t to matter too much with the alcohol swiftly numbing any pain. Albatross Club and other event partners offered a variety of silent auction items, again with all proceeds being donated to the IJF. Some of the more notable items included:
Three night luxury golfing stay for four in Tuscany
Two night 5* Florence spa break for two
Six night Safari stay for two
To follow the silent auction and drinks reception was a BBQ with a selection of meats, including chicken, sirloin steak and sausages as well as a salad bar.
To finalise what had been a spectacular day, guests were invited to attend and take part in an interesting celebrity panel debate ahead of the Royal Ascot racing festival. Celebrities hosting the panel included the two host jockeys (Mick Fitzgerald and Jim Crowley), Channel 4 racing presenter Rishi Persad and horse racing TV presenter Scott Hazleton. The panel indulged in interesting debates about the upcoming races, as well as providing to those in the room a number of tips for the week ahead. A fitting way to cap off a day which had been thoroughly enjoyable for all those involved.