IT was a day to remember for the Godwin family as the mother and son team raised money for Winsley’s Dorothy House charity when Staverton-trained horse Bounty Pursuit finished second at Chepstow last week.

Jenny Godwin and co-founder Sharon Blake came up with the idea for the Racing For a Cause syndicate, where members pay £50 per calendar month to cover the cost of their horse, which placed in the seven-furlong Chepstow Plant International Handicap.

Once the costs of the horse are met, any remaining money is evenly split between two charities, Dorothy House, in Winsley, and St Peters Hospice in Bristol, who both care for terminally ill cancer patients, with many syndicate members also opting to donate prize money to the causes.

The horse is trained by Sharon’s husband, Michael in Staverton and was ridden by Jenny’s son, Mitch to place in his first outing.

“The horse had never raced before and even Michael had no idea really on how the horse was going to perform, so we were absolutely thrilled,” said Jenny, herself a cancer survivor who lives in Bitton, near Bath.

“It’s one of those things me Sharon and Michael have been working behind the scenes for two months getting members.

“We didn’t know if it was going to work, so to have that evening with the horse looking a million dollars was one of those glorious moments in life.

“The weather was fantastic and Bounty came second so it was a phenomenal day.

“The more members we get the more money we can donate to charity, so we are definitely looking for more members,” she added.

The five-year-old will be back in action on July 13 at Newbury.