Chloe Bowkett’s Cheltenham charity race challenge – week 4

Monday 21st Feb

Wow, had such a busy weekend! The big charity fundraising party on Saturday night was a huge success. We managed to raise over £400 for Cancer Research UK, due to the kindness and generosity of friends, colleagues and clients; we all had so much fun, the party eventually ended at 6am.

HUGE thanks go to those who donated towards the evening: Tic Mylod from the Coffee Cup Bakery, Rod at Banners & Balloons for his beautiful balloon decorations and Toby Stoate from Stoate & Bishop Printers for their amazing life-size banner posters of me (in full jockey gear!). And of course everyone who turned up and donated just by being there.

Tues 22nd Feb

Rode out one lot this morning at the Twiston-Davies yard (see picture below), but after all the test rides on Saturday, I really cannot wait to get riding on the horse that I’m trying next Saturday. I really hope it goes well, because as much as it really is all about the charity, it would be nice to do well wouldn’t it?!

Weds 23rd Feb

Went to the gym first thing this morning: as it’s now three weeks to go (very scary) it’s time to kick the fitness up another notch, so I did a 4k run, a 3k cycle and weight-training. It does feel good to be pro-active with it all.

Booking up as much riding as I can too; at Nigel Twiston-Davies’ on Friday and then THE HORSE on Saturday – really ever so excited about it.

Thurs 24th Feb

Back to the grindstone today and the early starts! In the gym at The Cheltenham Chase before work this morning to give myself a wake-up in the form of a 4k run and 3k bike ride. Certainly makes me more alert come work time!

Just had another peek at the Just Giving Page ( and the totals are SO CLOSE!! I’m 95% of the way to my total target of £5000 and it would be fab if I could get there within the next week. Please do pass on the message.

Friday 25th Feb

Rode out early this morning. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s test ride on the horse I will be racing on. No nerves at all, which is a vast improvement compared to the beginning of training.

Next week, I’ve arranged to meet top jump jockey Carl Llewellyn for some racing pointers. I’ve met him before but I’m looking forward to picking his brain for tips that might help for the big day…every little helps!

Special thanks to all donations to date, keep going! It means so much to be a local girl and have you all right behind me.

Saturday 26th Feb

It was a 6am start this morning to ride the mystery horse today! She feels fantastic, I felt comfortable straight away. The trainer said she will give me a great ride, and she really tries her best… exactly what I need.

Thanks so much for all your continuing support.

Horse to be revealed in the next blog…


will be riding in the St Patrick’s Day Derby at The Festival in aid of Cancer Research

Chloe Bowkett, 26, from Cheltenham, is an Events Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse. Chloe has taken part in Pony Club activities from the age of eight, is an experienced show jumper and event rider. She says:

“Racing runs through my family’s blood. My father bred and owned Shylock’s Retreat, who qualified for the Grand National and the Gold Cup, after finishing second in the Foxhunter Chase at Aintree in 1988. I was in the winner’s enclosure in my buggy! My father and I bred a Pointer to Pointer who we broke in together. He is now qualified through the hunting field by myself.

“Working at Cheltenham Racecourse is fantastic, but to ride here is a dream come true. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to experience the thrill of riding at The Festival, but more importantly, I will raise a significant amount of money for Cancer Research, a charity close to my heart.”

If you would like to sponsor Chloe or make a donation please see her fundraising page at:



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