The famous racetrack the hippodrome of the Côte d’Azur is taking an innovative step with the Palace of Monaco by launching a Charity Mile horse race to benefit animal protection organisations, on 25 February.
Having started on 5 December at the Grand Galop, the winter event of the Côte d’Azur racetrack already looks promising: next 25 February, the same day as the first stage of the Défi du Galop, with Princess Charlene of Monaco they will launch the very first “charity mile”of French horse racing.
As with the Vaal racetrack in South Africa, each horse will run for a particular charity, and donations will be paid according to when each one crosses the finish line. The total amount given could be in the vicinity of 300,000 dollars and it will go toward charitable works for the defence of animals.
“We were contacted by the Princely Palace. The father of Princess Charlene is a horse owner, and the charity mile already exists in South Africa,” explained François Forcioli-Conti, president of the Riviera Racing Company.
Princess Charlene and her foundation were among the main sponsors of a horse charity mile that took place in late October in South Africa. A former South African swimmer herself, a few years ago the Princess also took part in several charity swimming miles there.
This Cagnes charity race on 25 February will be called the “Prix de la Princesse de Monaco-Charity Mile” (the Princess of Monaco Prize-Charity Mile).
Source: Hello Monaco