Wetherby’s annual ‘Family Day’ Sunday meeting takes place this weekend (25th April 2010), featuring plenty of action on and off the track, including a host of family attractions in the Course Enclosure and the fifth running of The Mascot Gold Cup organised by The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Yorkshire in aid of various charities, in particular Sue Ryder Care. It’s the largest mascot race in the world and is supported by the White Rose branch of Foresters.
There will be a parade of the Mascots in the Parade Ring prior to racing, and they will race over the final furlong of the track in front of the grandstands after the opening race. There are six small ‘fences’ to be negotiated and anything can happen!
Also, the 1981 Grand National-winning jockey, Bob Champion will be at Sunday’s meeting as part of his 60:60 Charity Challenge – visiting all 60 of Britain’s racecourses in 60 days to raise funds for two specific charities – The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and The Injured Jockeys’ Fund. More information regarding Bob’s epic journey and how racegoers can join him and contribute to the charities can be found on www.champions6060.org.uk
This meeting, along with that of Ludlow on the same afternoon, officially begins the UK’s 2010/11 season over Jumps.
The National Festival Circus has three 45-minute performances free of charge during the afternoon, while other attractions for youngsters include inflatable Fun Fair rides, Slides, Bouncy Castles, face-painting, fairground rides and wall-climbing.
The Endeavour Ceilidh Band provide the musical entertainment, while racegoers can admire some 60 vintage Rolls-Royce cars in the centre of the course belonging to members of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club.
From when the gates open at 11.45am, accompanied children under 16 years of age will be admitted free into all enclosures and receive a voucher for a free ice-cream, while cars can be taken into the Course Enclosure for £17, which includes up to a maximum of four adults.
The seven-race programme begins at 2.20pm and features The Yorkshire Post Ladies Day 20th May Handicap Chase over three miles and one furlong – the longest race of the day, The JCT600 – Chrysler – Jeep – Dodge Beginners’ Chase, The Royal Pigeon Racing Association Novices’ Hurdle and a a handicap hurdle contest for lady riders.
The giant screen will enable racegoers to see even more of the action on the track, supplemented by an additional screen located near the Parade Ring.