Racehorse to run in Red Cross silks

Graham Willgoss

The Red Cross has decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth and has accepted the donation of the winnings of a six-year-old French racehorse.

The charity will receive a slice of the prize money won by Topinambour, a grey gelding, over the next three years. The horse will race in Red Cross colours and retain its original name.

Warrington businessman Dave Watson made the donation in memory of his father. "My father was a great believer in the Red Cross after seeing it in action during his military service," he said. "This is my way of remembering my dad and giving something back to a great organisation."

Topinambour has raced 16 times in France, winning four races and collecting a total of £27,094 in prize money so far. The Red Cross has high expectations for the horse, which it hopes will race at Aintree in November.

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