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Tony McCoy gets into the swing at Royal County Down

By Ron McKnight

A round of golf at Royal County Down with the legendary AP McCoy will be up for auction when Downpatrick Racecourse - in conjunction with Down Royal - hosts the Byerley Turk Gala Ball and Dinner in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.

Tomorrow night's mega auction and raffle will be the centrepiece of the fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Fund.

Other top items include boxing gloves signed by world champion Carl Frampton and a pair belonging to the great Barry McGuigan, while football fans can win a Northern Ireland shirt signed by the players who helped book a place at Euro 2016.

Rugby fans will have the chance to bid for an Ireland World Cup 2015 shirt signed by all the players.

There is also a morning on the gallops with Irish champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins.

Another eye-catching item is a visit to the world renowned Ballydoyle training complex to meet multiple Irish champion flat trainer Aidan O'Brien along with a visit to Coolmore Stud.

Hospitality packages at next year's Punchestown Festival, the Down Royal Festival of Racing and the Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National meeting at Downpatrick will also go under the hammer.

Advance bids can be placed through Downpatrick Racecourse on 028 4461 2054 or email info@downpatrickracecourse.co.uk

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