Cheltenham date for Hammond

Last Updated: 10/01/13 12:07pm

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Alex Hammond: Will be riding at Cheltenham Festival

Alex Hammond: Will be riding at Cheltenham Festival

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Sky Sports News presenter Alex Hammond is one of 12 riders taking part in the St Patrick's Derby at Cheltenham this year.

The event, in aid of Cancer Research, is staged on Thursday March 14 and over the last three years has raised over £650,000 for the charity.

The 12 jockeys for the 2013 charity race, selected from over a hundred applications, include riders based in England, Ireland and France with a wide range of equestrian skills.

Joining Alex is Phillip Hemmings, the son of well known racehorse owner Trevor Hemmings.

James Fenton, a member of An Garda Siochana Irish Police, is one of the riders representing Ireland and Equidia presenter Sally Ann Grassick, although Irish herself, lives and works in France.

Hemmings aid: "I am thrilled and excited to have been picked to ride at The Festival and to be raising money for Cancer Research UK. It is a tremendous honour to ride at Cheltenham, the home of Jump racing, where my father has experienced many wonderful moments."

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