Charity backing at Kelso from Sir Alex

The football legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson may just have announced his retirement, writes Fiona Scott.

But he certainly isn’t ready to hunt out his pipe and slippers quite yet.

Continuing his ties with Kelso Racecourse, the former Man United boss is sponsoring the Ladies Only Charity Flat Race, for the second successive year, at the final meeting of the season – Ladies Day – on Sunday, May 26.

Unfortunately, Sir Alex will not be present at the meeting himself as he has a European Managers meeting that day but, knowing his interest in racing, it is likely he will be keeping a keen eye on progress.

The race is a fundraiser for the ‘House that Jack Built’, a project headed by Jack Berry, and is designed to raise money for a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys. It was won last year by Jo Foster and trainer Jim Goldie, who were presented their prizes by the great man himself.

Course managing director Richard Landale said: “We are delighted that Sir Alex has shown his support in sponsoring the charity race for this incredibly important cause, and hope to raise as much money as possible.”

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