By Tim Montgomerie
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Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, and pictured above has to lose twenty pounds over the next ten weeks as part of his bid to take part in a 'Horsemen and Heroes' charity race at Newmarket race course in his constituency.
The diet is only a small part of an intensive training programme that will culminate in a full assessment of his jockey-ing abilities on 18th June at the British Racing School.
In a press release Matt Hancock commented:
“I have long thought that taking part in a cavalry charge would be the most exhilarating thing possible. The Newmarket Cavalry Charge isn't quite the Battle of Omdurman, but it is a thrilling prospect for two fantastic charities. As the MP for Newmarket the international home of horseracing, and I am delighted to have the rare chance to actually race on the famous July Course. I don't know if I'll be more stretched by the prospect of shedding 20 pounds or by learning how to handle a racehorse, but I’ll be putting in a lot of hard work over the next 10 weeks to make sure I do both. I would encourage everyone to come along, and to give generously to both these fantastic charities, which do such important work.”
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