Friday 23 February 2018

Arkle tribute to raise €60,000 for charity

Amy Campell (14) from Balbriggan with the statue of Arkle which will be auctioned on May at the Punchestown racing festival for Childvision where Amy attends. Picture: Mark Condren
Amy Campell (14) from Balbriggan with the statue of Arkle which will be auctioned on May at the Punchestown racing festival for Childvision where Amy attends. Picture: Mark Condren

Brian Byrne

HE was considered the most famous Irish racehorse – and now Arkle has returned to pay a final tribute to the Irish people.

To mark the 50th anniversary of his Cheltenham Gold win, a miniature statue of Arkle will be auctioned off to raise money for ChildVision, the national education centre for blind children in Drumcondra, Co Dublin.

A scale model of the horse with legendary jockey Pat Taaffe astride him – worth an estimated €150,000 – will also be unveiled at Ashbourne in Co Meath on April 19.

One of 27 miniatures by sculptor Emma McDermott to mark Arkle's 27 race wins was the official gift from President Higgins to the Queen during the state visit this week.

The quarter-size statue will be auctioned off by Goffs at the Punchestown Festival on May 1 and is expected to raise anything up to €60,000. Brian Byrne

Irish Independent

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