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Olivia, 11, covers herself in glory at Redcar Races HORSE-MAD school

HORSE-MAD schoolgirl Olivia Renshaw has earned her family a special Easter treat thanks to her artistic skills.

Olivia, 11, of Middlesbrough, is the winner of Redcar Racecourse’s competition to design the front cover of the racecard for the Easter Monday meeting on April 17.

The prize means one of the races at Redcar on Easter Monday will be named in Olivia’s honour and she’ll present the trophy to the winner as part of a VIP package which also includes a three-course meal with her family.

Olivia, who attends Acklam Whin Primary School in Middlesbrough, loves horses and volunteers every Saturday at Stainsby Grange stables at Thornaby. She wants to be an Olympic show-jumping star when she grows up.

She said: “I can’t believe I’ve won the competition. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait to come to the races with my family and see my very own race.”

She’ll be joined by her mum Claire Kane, sister Sophie, 14, and her grandma and grandad Glynis and Albert Dyas.

Claire said: “Olivia had the chance to take any of her friends but she especially wanted to take her grandad because he hasn’t been very well. We all can’t wait.”

Redcar’s Easter Monday meeting promises to be a fun-packed family day out, with appearances by the Easter Bunny, Alice In Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter. There’s also an Easter bonnet parade, a treasure hunt and free mini-eggs for early arrivals subject to availability.

There are seven scheduled races, due to start at 2.35pm, but the first race could be brought forward to 2.05m, depending on the number of runners declared on Saturday morning.

Adult tickets for the course enclosure are £6 with children 17 and under admitted free.

General manager Amy Fair said: “It’s a great value day out for families who want to do something a little different on Easter Monday. Bring a picnic and join in the fun.”


REDCAR Racecourse is ready for the starting stalls to open on an action-packed new season following an impressive investment of nearly £200,000 to improve facilities.

The friendly seaside track has a cracking season ahead, with 18 meetings, starting on April 10.   The raceday experience will be better than ever thanks to a general upgrading of facilities, which includes the installation of a “Wi-fi Net” across the course to give race-goers the advantage of superfast broadband.

Redcar has seven “Premier Meetings” in 2017, starting with an eggs-tra special Easter Monday fixture on April 17. Ideal for a family day out, the meeting features appearances by the Easter Bunny, Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter.

There’s also a chance to win a VIP family day out at the races on Easter Monday in our fabulous competition to design the front cover of the Easter Monday racecard. The young artist who colours in the winning entry will win VIP tickets, a table in the restaurant with a three-course meal, a race named after them, and the chance to present the trophy in the winners’ enclosure. The template and entry form can be downloaded from

The other Premier Meetings are:

  • Racing UK Zetland Gold Cup Day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
  • Ladies’ Day on Saturday, June 24 (featuring a Fashion Show, plus Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat Competitions, with great prizes provided by Market Cross Jewellers).
  • Help For Heroes Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 23.
  • Caribbean Carnival Day on Saturday, August 12 (featuring boatloads of pirates and colourful Fancy Dress Competitions).
  • Ladies’ and Gents’ Evening on Saturday, August 26 (featuring Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent and Best Dressed Couple competitions).
  • Oktoberfest, featuring the Totepool Two Year Old Trophy on Saturday, October 7.

Highlight of the autumn racing season at Redcar is the £175,000 Totepool Two Year Old Trophy which always attracts the UK’s top juvenile sprinters. This year, Redcar has teamed up with the famous Theakston Brewery to add the attraction of a beer festival to the big October 7 fixture. There’s even an oompah band and a Lederhosen fancy dress competition!

General Manager Amy Fair said: “Every year, we look to add to what Redcar has to offer. With the refurbishment and host of new attractions, the 2017 season has lots in store – not just for racing fans but for those looking for a fun-packed day out.”

  • Media enquiries should be made to Peter Barron on 07711 958272

Yorkshire trainer David Barron scoops top prize at Redcar Racecourse on Two Year Old Trophy Day

Viewers from across the world tuned in to watch Wick Powell, trained by David Barron of Thirsk, win the £175,000 Totepool Two Year Old Trophy race at Redcar Racecourse, when the feature race on Saturday 1st October was broadcast live on Channel 4 Racing and Racing UK (Sky 432).
The Teesside racecourse welcomed over 3,600 racegoers from across the region to its annual Totepool Two Year Old Trophy Day, with the quality racing attracting racehorses from across the UK and Ireland.
The £40,000 listed Totescoop6 EBF Stallions Guisborough Stakes was won by the 5/2 favourite Latharnch, owned by Godolphin and trained in Newmarket by Charlie Appleby.
Alongside the two big races on the day, there were 5 other races including the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap Stakes and the Pinnacle Straight Mile Series final – a series of 8 qualifying races during the season with the £20,000 Grand Final race on Saturday, and won for the second year running by Father Bertie trained by Tim Easterby at Malton.
Redcar Racecourse’s General Manager Amy Fair, said: “The Totepool Two Year Old Trophy Day is always a fantastic raceday for everyone involved and I’m pleased to say that this year has been another outstanding success.

“It’s great to see the feature race of the day, the Totepool Two Year Old Trophy be won by a locally trained horse in Wick Powell owned by Nicola Barron and trained by David Barron at Thirsk.

“Overall, it was a brilliant day and although it was our last Premier meeting of the season, we have three more race meetings left to enjoy and we’re already looking forward to what promises to be another exciting year at Redcar in 2017.”

One attendee on the day, Christine Brown, was celebrating her birthday with her family and as a special honour, was asked to present the winning trophy of the second race on the card, The Racing UK in glorious HD Selling Stakes.
She said: “I have had a fabulous day. Everything has been perfect and we will remember this for the rest of our lives.”
Racegoers also enjoyed Star Wars themed entertainment, as Page2Stage brought popular characters to the raceday, including Princess Leia, Jedi Knights, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers.

While Saturday was Redcar’s last Premier meeting of the season, there are three more regular meetings to come before this year’s events close, on Friday 14th October, Monday 24th October, and Tuesday 1st November.

For the next race meeting at Redcar Racecourse on Friday 14th there are seven races on the card with the first race scheduled to start at 2.10pm. The admission gates will open to the public at 12 noon and admission prices start from just £4 per adult with free admission for accompanied children aged 17 and under.

Parties of 10 or more can also save over 20% when they book their Grandstand or Course Enclosure admission tickets in advance.

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