THE son-in-law of the first bookmaker in Solihull is set to auction off a prized asset for charity.
Kenny Allen has a picture of the well-known horse Red Rum signed by champion jockey Lester Piggott.
The 71-year-old from Shirley, whose father-in-law was bookmaker Jimmy Jackson, is hoping to find a buyer and then donate the money to a horse or dog charity.
Racing enthusiast Mr Allen got the picture
after tracking down Lester Piggott in the hope of him signing a racecard.
“I went to race meeting at Bromford Bridge in 1965 and watched Lester Piggott ride a horse called Selly Oak,” he said.
“I managed to get hold of his number so I called him and his wife Susan answered and told me to put the programme in the post because I wanted it signed.
“True to her word he returned it signed and through a stroke of luck he sent back another signed picture - this time of the horse Red Rum. I couldn’t believe it,”
Mr Allen wasn’t so lucky in last week’s Grand National with his tip State of Play only managing a fourth place finish.
But the sports fan is hoping he can manage one more signature to rack up a trio of
“I would love to get Mr McCain (Ginger) to sign the picture and then sell it to charity.
“Ideally the money would then go to a horse fund or the dogs home.”