Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race
Thursday 20 April 2017, Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, was charged with emotion as soldier Ben Moore, 39, from Melton Mowbray stormed up the famous Cheltenham Hill on Three Star General for Somerset Trainer, David Pipe, to truly prove that he is #kickingcancersbutt.

The Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race was being run to raise money for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, and Ben, himself having suffered cancer, was joined on the podium by his daughter, Grace, who is currently fighting leukaemia.

Chosen from over 600 applicants, Ben and his daughter had decided he should apply for the challenge while he was in hospital - so the outcome was the perfect result to a hugely competitive race which featured Olympians Sir Mark Todd and Tina Cook, TV presenter, Alice Fox-Pitt, Eventer Ben Hobday (who has also suffered cancer) and seven other extremely competent riders from across the country.

The event will raise in excess of £100,000 for the two charities. Bob Champion, one of cancer's best known survivors, said:
"It has simply been an unbelievable day. The atmosphere has been electric and what a race those 12 gave us! We are so delighted to have raised so much and must continue to do so as we fight this terrible disease that effects so many people indiscriminately."

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The riders in alphabetical order were:

Madeleine Bunbury, 21, is an artist based between Dorset and Mustique. She is a loyal supporter of Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony charity.

Tina Cook, 46, is a three-time Olympic medallist winning individual and team bronze in 2008 and team silver in 2012. She has also won European and World gold medals and is one the of UK's most successful and consistent event riders. Daughter of National Hunt training legend, Josh Gifford, trainer of the famous Aldaniti, Tina has been involved in the Bob Champion story all her life and is a Vice President of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

Ali Dane, 31, runs her own eventing and dressage training yard in South Oxfordshire with the support of her partner, ex-Flat jockey, Alan Daly.

Abigail Dean, 27, from Gloucestershire, is an event rider who previously worked for the late Sir Henry Cecil, who himself fought cancer so bravely.

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, 27, of Qatar is, through the family's company QIPCO and its subsidiary Qatar Racing, a major owner, breeder and investor in British Racing. In 2015 Sheikh Fahad rode in his first charity race at Limerick and in 2016 he won the Newmarket Town Plate and competed in the Mongol Derby.

Alice Fox-Pitt, 44, is a journalist and TV presenter for ITV Racing. An accomplished horsewoman, she is notable as the only female to have ridden at both Badminton Horse Trials and over the Grand National course at Aintree. She also represented Great Britain at the European Three Day Event Championships under 21. Alice (Plunkett) is married to William Fox-Pitt, the most successful British eventer of all time. They have four children.

Ben Hobday, 28, is a British international event rider who won the under-21 national championships and in 2008, won team gold and individual bronze medals at the European Championships. A successful senior career was temporarily stalled in June, 2015 when Ben was diagnosed with cancer. He completed his chemotherapy treatment in September the same year and returned to the saddle shortly afterwards. In April 2016, he jumped clear around the Badminton cross country course with Hannah Francis's Willberry Wonder toy pony on his back.

Scott Lowther, 43, from Waterbeck in Scotland, is the director of a construction company. Mad keen on both racing and eventing, he describes himself as "not rich or famous" but passionate about the two causes this race will raise money for.

Catherine Mills, 37, from Amersham, works for a members' only lifestyle and management company and is a keen event rider in her spare time.

Ben Moore, 39, is a soldier from Melton Mowbray. Before he joined the Army, he worked in racing and wants to do this race for his daughter who loves ponies but is currently fighting cancer.

Jasean Spraggett, 24, from Leicestershire, is a show jumper and working hunter rider. Nicknamed 'Quevega' due to her love of all things Cheltenham, she has set herself an ambitious target of money she plans to raise for the Champions Willberry Charity Race.

Sir Mark Todd, 60, voted Rider of the 20th Century by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, has won two Olympic Gold Medals, four Badminton titles and five at Burghley. He is one of New Zealand's greatest sportsmen ever and in 2016 competed at his seventh Olympic games.

Ben Moore storming up the Cheltenham Hill
On the podium with his daughter, Grace
On the podium with his daughter, Grace
Hannah Francis with Mavis - Bobchampion with Aldaniti

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust

Reg. charity no. 1024664

Hannah's Willberry Wonderpony Charity

Reg. charity no. 1166416