The Great Racing Welfare Auction, held over a four-week period that ended on Thursday evening, has raised a total of £53,195 for the charity’s emergency Covid-19 appeal.

There were a number of donations, with auction items including a Grand National experience, syndicate shares, bronze sculptures, a riding lesson with Sir Mark Todd and a tour of Coolmore Stud and Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard.

The total number of bids made across the four weeks was 1,980, with the most popular lot proving to be a morning with champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson, which was contested by 57 bidders.

It was the tour of Coolmore and Ballydoyle which proved to be the highest grossing lot in the auction with the winning bid coming in at £5,250.

Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive Dawn Goodfellow said: “The generosity of both those who donated lots to our auction and those who placed bids has been truly astounding.

“Given the incredibly difficult times we are all facing, to have received this level of support is testament to the wonderful spirit of the racing community. A total of over £53,000 provides a huge boost to our Emergency Appeal and I cannot extend enough thanks to everyone involved.”