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Cameron to 'consult his diary' over day at races.

Byline: By Turia Tellwright

UTTOXETER racecourse yesterday announced that it is to play host to Conservative party leader David Cameron as part of a fundraising campaign during racing on November 2 - only to learn that the "life-long racegoer" will have to consult his diary before confirming his attendance.

Conservative party treasurer Michael Spencer has organised a fundraising event during racing and Cameron, whose favourite racehorse is reportedly Red Rum, has promised to be on hand, accompanied by "other members of the shadow cabinet, senior MPs and MEPs from across Britain".

A marquee has been booked for racing on Friday, November 2. However, the Conservative Party press office stressed that they would have to "consult the diary" before confirming the engagement.

A spokeswoman from the Tory press office stated: "It's a long way off yet and nothing is set in stone."

Previous Tory leaders have been involved with racing - John Major was a regular at Huntingdon, with Margaret Thatcher as his guest on more than one occasion; William Hague's Richmond constituency includes Catterick, and he has been an attendee at the Middleham open day; and Iain Duncan Smith is engaged in a Westminster battle over oncourse pitch administration.

However, none has used the racecourse for direct fundraising in the way that the visit to Uttoxeter is intended.

According to the party's West Midlands website: "In order to raise funds for the Conservative Party, the Party Treasurers' Midlands Income Generation Board has teamed up with Uttoxeter racecourse to provide a special fundraising race day for the party, both locally and regionally.

"Uttoxeter racecourse is the premier racecourse in the Midlands and offers top-class facilities, hospitality and atmosphere. The event is also a 'normal' race day for Uttoxeter and thus, whilst the Conservative Party will be prevalent, there will be the full racing experience."

If Cameron and his entourage do get to the Staffordshire course, it is likely they will be looking for a few well-advised pointers.

Asked if the MP for Witney had a favourite racehorse, the spokeswoman replied: "I believe his favourite racehorse to be Red Rum.

"That's the horse I've heard him mention a few times, although I can't remember what race it was that the horse won.

"David has always enjoyed his racing, he's a lifelong racegoer, having started going at a very young age, and I'm sure he will be very keen to make it."

David Macdonald, general manager at Uttoxeter, was enthusiastic about the prospective visit.

He said: "We are delighted that David Cameron and the Conservative Party have chosen Uttoxeter for this event. It will certainly put us in the national spotlight."

'I believe his favourite is Red Rum. That's the horse I've heard him mention a few times, but I can't remember what it won'


Proof, if proof were needed, that 'lifelong racegoer' David Cameron - pictured right nipping out for his daily Racing Post (!) - has been photographed on a racecourse before, at Ayr. The action happens on that track behind you, David!
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2007
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