05 Jun 2019


Leading jockey Nico De Boinville was a big winner at the 2019 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse when he successfully bid for a stunning MG Midget.

And Ayrshire Cancer Support’s #Home4Cancer fundraising drive to create a new centre for people affected by cancer is £10,000 richer thanks to Nico’s determination to own the vintage vehicle.

Ayrshire Cancer Support is the charity partner for Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel and the MG Midget was on display at Scotland’s richest race meeting to encourage bidders to dig deep and boost the charity’s funds.

Nico spotted the classic 1973 car on the Friday of the meeting and immediately fell in love it and lodged his bid.

The 29 year-old jockey has won a host of big races including the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Coneygree and is the regular rider of champion chaser Altior.

Nico said : “I saw the MG Midget parked near the Weighing Room at Ayr when I arrived for the Coral Scottish Grand National meeting and when I found out that is was up for auction I had to make a bid. I had an agonising wait of a few weeks until I was told my bid had secured it. I am delighted to have it at home now and look forward to driving it.”

Ayrshire Cancer Support CEO Sandra McCall said : “Just a week after launching our fundraising drive to create a new centre for people affected by cancer in South Ayrshire, a very generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, handed us the keys for this stunning red classic 1973 MG Midget.

“We were astounded by such generosity and the donor obviously cares a great deal about helping make sure we can provide a more homely support centre in Ayr to replace our existing one . I would like to thank this supporter very much for donating the car and thank Nico very much for falling in love with it !”

Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown added : “We are delighted to have played a part in Ayrshire Cancer Support raising so much money towards their new cancer centre. We are proud to support this charity and I hope Nico enjoys driving in his MG Midget.

“We hoped there would be bids for this fabulous car when it was displayed at the racecourse and it is great that our link with the charity helped in this way.”


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