‘It’s incredibly kind of Ryan’ – Moore auctioning Ascot memento to raise funds for toddler with rare condition.
The commemorative saddlecloth that Ryan Moore received for partnering his 70th Royal Ascot winner last year has been donated to a charity auction that will take place in Newmarket next month. The purpose of the auction is to raise money for Ryan Moore’s personal trainer’s two-year-old son, who has a rare chromosome condition.
Moore reached this milestone when he and Meditate won the Group 3 Albany Stakes in June for Aidan O’Brien. After Frankie Dettori, who reached the milestone in 2020, he became the second jockey to receive a special 70 saddlecloth. Shortly thereafter, Dettori donated his Royal Ascot memento to a charity, raising £30,000 for frontline Covid-19 workers.
Around eight years ago, the three-time champion jockey hired former boxer Pat McAleese as his personal trainer. McAleese regularly visits Moore’s home to work on him in his private gym.
When McAleese and his wife Lucy celebrated their son Sonnie’s birth in 2021, it was discovered that he had a number of medical conditions, including the extremely rare deletion of chromosome 7, which affects many bodily functions and gives Sonnie the mobility of a six- or seven-week-old.
Pat McAleese said: “Deletion of chromosome 7 affects only five or six children in the world I believe. Sonnie has other issues such as a hole in his heart, an unsafe swallow and something called global development delay.”
The auction, which will take place on March 11 at Granary Barns in Wood Ditton and aims to raise funds for Sonnie, will also be used to pay for his specialist care, which will include speech therapy and aqua therapy.
McAleese added: “It’s incredibly kind of Ryan to give us this 70th Royal Ascot winner saddlecloth and hopefully it will raise something around what Frankie’s made. We also have other auction items such as hospitality for four at Newmarket racecourse and two F1 tickets for Silverstone.”
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