Matt Hancock MP to ride in the Newmarket 350th Town Plate race

Matt Hancock MP will ride in the 350th Newmarket Town Plate race on 7 July.  The Town Plate is the oldest, continuously run horse race in the world which was inaugurated in 1666 by King Charles II. Every year the race has been run over the same three and a half mile course in Newmarket. Matthew will be riding Medieval Chapel, an eight year old gelding trained by Nicky Henderson.



Matt will be raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice which supports people in West Suffolk in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illness.






Commenting, Matt said:




“I am honoured to be taking part in the 350th Newmarket Town Plate Race, it is a very special year for the town of Newmarket and for British racing.  I have lost over a stone in weight and improved my fitness levels considerably in order to qualify as an amateur jockey.  I am also proud to be raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice, they do very valuable work caring for vulnerable people in West Suffolk.”




For more details on how to donate to St Nicholas Hospice please go to Matt’s Just Giving Page at