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Prostate cancer sufferer names racehorse after illness

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Media captionThe British Horseracing Authority has approved the name for the horse

A racing enthusiast diagnosed with cancer has bought and named a horse Prostate Awareness in a bid to get more men to take the condition seriously.

Colin Peach, 66, from Middlesbrough, plans to race the horse on Yorkshire courses to raise awareness.

It is hoped the two-year-old colt, which is trained at Foulrice Park Racing in North Yorkshire, will race for the first time in York on 27 July.

Mr Peach said: "If I can save one life it will have been worth it."

He added: "I do a lot of work with charities on the condition and given it's always been my dream to own a race horse this seemed like perfect way of getting my message across and also making my dream come true.

"There is a particular test men can have to determine the risk of developing prostate cancer but it is only available by asking a doctor and I want to raise awareness of that.

"My father had prostate cancer but he never talked about it - I want to shout about it from the rooftops."

Foulrice Park Racing owner Colin Stirling said the British Horseracing Authority had approved the name for the horse, which was bought in Ireland for about 14,000 euros (£12,150).

It is now being trained by Patrick Holmes, co-owner of the racing yard.

"We're hoping Prostate Awareness's first race will be in York at the end of the month," Mr Stirling said.

"Given the recent news of the Archbishop of York being treated for prostate cancer and the fact that this event draws in big crowds, it would be a timely and fantastic way to get the message across for the first time."

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