IN THE STABLES: Jessica Todd and her trusted gelding Magner
IN THE STABLES: Jessica Todd and her trusted gelding Magner

A FORCETT horse rider is to take part in her first race in aid of a cancer charity.

Jessica Todd, who has been riding since the age 12 and is better known for her eventing skills, is one of only 12 amateur jockeys to take part in the country’s biggest charity raceday, the Macmillan Ride of Their Lives, on June 15 at York Racecourse.

The 25-year-old is taking part in honour of several family members who have been affected by cancer.

Ms Todd said: “My passion to take part in this race is that my life has been affected by cancer more than once. I have lost my nanna and aunty to this awful disease. 

"My grandad, who loves horse racing, has also recently got the all clear. I am determined to make as much money as possible for this fantastic charity while enjoying myself at the same time.”

She will have to raise £3,000 in order to take part but has already reached £700 for the cause and is keen on beating the target. Currently Ms Todd, who works at Walworth Castle, is training on her trusted gelding Magner and is being cheered on by her jockey brother Charlie.

She said: “It is not about winning, it is about going out and having fun and doing my grandad proud.”

Others competing in the annual charity race include Downton Abbey actor Patrick Kennedy and Macmillan’s national president Lady Halifax.