APPLICATIONS are now open for next year’s Ernest Cooper Macmillan ‘Ride of Their Lives’ - which gives amateur jockeys the opportunity of a life time.

Next year marks 10 years since the renowned charity horse race began at York Racecourse. Riders take part in a race in front of thousands of spectators - all while raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in the area.

Amateur riders must commit to raising £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

"The charity has been in partnership with York Racecourse for more than 50 years, in which time more than £9 million has been raised.

This years’ winner was Luci Hughes from Stokesley who took the top-spot on mount Midnite Bride.

York Press: Luci Hughes, the winner of the Ernest Cooper Macmillan Ride of Their Lives charity race 2021, with her family after her victory

Luci, 30, said: “I’m so proud of my achievement, I discovered a lot about myself, my sense of dedication, bravery and perseverance.

"You sign up to more than a horse race, it’s the daily riding, training, home and work life juggle - as well as the fundraising.

“If you’re thinking about it, I would say just give it a go - don’t put it off. It felt absolutely amazing to ride at York Racecourse, I never dreamed I would win.”

Previous riders from across the UK have raised over £1.2 million for Macmillan in the past 10 years. Well known riders have included Lady Halifax and Chris Hughes from Love Island.

York Press: Some of the riders set to take part in the Macmillan raceday in September. Picture: Simon Dewhurst

To apply for the next Ride of Their Lives, to be held on June 11, 2022, potential jockeys must submit a 60 second video of themselves riding at canter, gallop or jumping along with a referee who can vouch for their riding ability and suitability to race.

To apply, visit the York Racecourse website at:

Applications close on Monday, December 6.

The successful applicants will be notified during the week before Christmas.