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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Former trainers Ian and Toby Balding collected the award for a lifetime's contribution to racing at the annual Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust Award Lunch, held earlier today at London's Savoy Hotel, with some 450 guests in attendance.

Ian Balding will forever be associated with the great Mill Reef, while Toby was successful under both codes during his long career and is one of the few trainers to have won jump racing's biggest three contests - the Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National. Toby has also played an active role in the National Trainers' Federation.

The brothers join the illustrious list of previous award winners which includes the Marquess of Hartington, Major Dick Hern, HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Lester Piggott, Dr Vincent O'Brien, HM The Queen, Pat Eddery and Dick Francis.

Today's charity auction raised a total of £167,500 from the 11 lots.

The two top lots were:

Lot 10 - Purchased by Piers Pottinger for £40,000
A very special opportunity to acquire a box for 12 guests in a superb position on Level 2 in the new Grandstand, adjacent to the Royal Box, on the first day of Royal Ascot 2006. Included in this marvellous package are 12 admission tickets and 6 car park passes, champagne reception, four course luncheon with wines, afternoon tea and a complimentary bar throughout the day. There is currently a tall three-figure waiting list for such an amenity.

Generously donated by Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot, The Duke of Devonshire, and the Ascot Authority Board.

Lot 11 - Purchased by J P McManus for £40,000
"The Three Winter Kings" - the magical original painting of Hardy Eustace, Moscow Flyer and Kicking King, by the much acclaimed Sarah Aspinall of this year's Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust Christmas card.

Kindly given by the artist.

Last year the Trust's six chosen welfare concerns, The Blue Cross, The Brooke, Compassion in World Farming, The International League for the Protection of Horses, Racing Welfare and The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, each received £35,000. Whatever the final outcome in 2005, the Trust will, by the year end, have distributed well over the magic £1 million mark.

The Christmas card, which as ever includes outstanding portraits of previous award winners by Johnny Jonas, is available by calling the Red Dot order Hot Line: 020 8333 1411, by Fax: 020 8761 7755, by email: mail@red.media.uk.com. The cards can also be personalised with your name and address or your company logo at extra cost.

Cards are also available from The Osborne Studio Gallery, 13 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB and at various racecourses in the UK and Ireland.

Sales and distribution in Ireland is being handled by Caroline Pilkington, Simonstown House, Coole, Co Westmeath. Tel: 24 hour hotline 044 61511 or email with credit card details: simonstown@eircom.net.

Alternatively, visit the web site: www.thevoiceofracing.com.

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