Francome takes IJF role
John Francome will succeed Lord Oaksey as president of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Oaksey, who founded the organisation in 1964, passed away earlier this year but he has left a lasting legacy.
Former champion jockey Francome, who ruled himself out of the running to be part of the new Channel 4 Racing team, has spoken of his "honour" at being selected for the role.
"I am very honoured to take on this role especially following in the footsteps of John Oaksey," he said.
"I hope I can do it justice and carry on the great and essential work the Fund does. Although unlike the indomitable Lord Oaksey, I shan't be standing out in the cold selling Christmas cards!"
Brough Scott, chairman of the organisation, added: "John is not just a famous name.
"I've always been struck by how often he's done things for other jockeys in ways that usually go unreported.
"I couldn't be more thrilled that he is becoming president and I know Lord Oaksey would too.
"John is still worshipped by current jockeys and connects us to the future".
The IJF is approaching is 50th anniversary and has raised nearly £20million to assist over 1,000 individuals.
Oaksey House, a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys, was opened by HRH Princess Royal in 2009 in Lambourn and a second facility, Jack Berry House, is well on the way to being built.
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