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CYCLISTS for Redcar

Cyclists who are riding more than 450 miles to provide financial support for young people to work in racing had pride of place at Redcar today.
The riders from the British Racing School “Rory MacDonald Memorial Fund” stopped at the seaside track en route from Musselburgh to Newmarket.
During their epic journey, they are visiting seven racecourses in memory of the late chief executive officer of the BRS. Mr MacDonald was CEO of the school for 22 years and died suddenly in 2015.
The proceeds from their fund-raising will support young people aiming for careers in the racing industry.
The cyclists presented the trophy after the British Racing School Charity Cycle Ride Handicap, which was won by Wink Oliver, trained at Lambourn by Jo Hughes and ridden by Dougie Costello.
Paul Hanagan and Middleham-based James Bethell teamed up to win the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar on Monday with Briardale and the pair were swiftly back in the winner’s enclosure today.
Hanagan won the opener on Richard Fahey’s Dance Diva, who beat Tom Dascombe’s Miss Dd, despite running green, and will surely be better for the run.
Veteran trainer Bethell followed up in the second race of the day, with New Society, ridden by PJ MacDonald, running out an easy winner from Tim Easterby’s Sheriff Garett.
Former champion jockey Jamie Spencer had one booked ride at Redcar and he made it pay as Luca Cumani’s Near Kettering stayed on gamely to hold off Mick Channon’s Pattie under a determined ride from Graham Lee.
The Richard Guest-trained Lydia’s Place won the fifth race of the day despite hanging right under Clifford Lee. The pair go up on the stands rail to deny a 33-1 surprise by Economic Crisis.
Malton trainer Nigel Tinkler’s Kaeso ran on well under Tom Eaves to deny favourite Logi in the penultimate race.
And Rod Millman made the long journey from Devon pay dividends when Concur took the last race of the day, the Follow Redcarracing On Facebook and Twitter Amateur Riders Maiden Handicap. Pat Millman brought the four-year-old through to lead inside the furlong and win going away from Marjorie Fife’s Kensington Palace.



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.”

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