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Yorkshire Jockeys Support Homeless Project

A group of Yorkshire jockeys have come together to help those less fortunate than themselves, working with the Harrogate Homeless Project.

Often travelling to race meetings with only the contents of a washbag – most jockeys equipment is transported between racecourses via the valets who work in the weighing room – the jockeys have filled spare washbags with useful contents in a bid to help people in difficult circumstances.

The idea is the brainchild of Adele Mulrennan whose husband Paul is a leading Yorkshire jockey.  Adele said, “I have seen people sleeping rough in Harrogate and wanted to do something to help.  I spoke to the team at the Harrogate Homeless Project who suggested some useful products and Paul gave me one of his washbags to put them in.  He thought that some of the other lads in the weighing room would get involved too and the idea has spiralled!”

“The support from the jockeys has been great, but the biggest challenge has been collecting the completed bags, particularly as racing was cancelled for a few days due to the equine influenza outbreak.  Fortunately once it resumed we were able to pick up the momentum again.”

A number of Yorkshire racecourses have also got involved making up their own washbags and by donating items and clothing.  Jonjo Sanderson, Chief Executive of Wetherby Racecourse said, “When we heard what the jockeys were doing we were keen to support them.  This is a great initiative and a good way to help the local community.”

Liz Hancock, Chief Executive of Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd was delighted at the support from the racing industry, “We are grateful for all donations received and this cause has really resonated among the jockeys,” said Liz.  She continued, “The donations that have come from the racing community will be very beneficial and help us to continue our work.”

Pictured from left to right are jockeys Andrew Mullen and Rachel Richardson, Charlotte Fortune – Service User Manager from Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd and jockey Paul Mulrennan.

Tickets on sale now for Middleham Open Day 2019

A highlight in the northern racing calendar, the hugely popular Middleham Open Day returns this year on Good Friday, 19th April 2019.  Tickets are on sale now for this fabulous event which showcases racing in Middleham’s stunning surroundings, offering a superb day out for racing fans and families alike. 


Visitors to Middleham on Good Friday will be welcomed into training yards throughout the town, including Mark Johnston’s record-breaking stable where all will be invited to take in his fantastic facilities and watch swimming demonstrations at Kingsley House.  Newly crowned Lycetts Team Champion Award winner Jedd O’Keefe opens up the home of the inimitable Sam Spinner again this year, whilst Group 1 winning trainer Karl Burke will also be throwing open the gates of his Spigot Lodge yard.  James Bethell’s Thorngill Stables will too be open for visitors, as will the yards of Micky Hammond, Ben Haslam, Julia Brooke, Simon West, Andy Crook, Barry Keniry, Foulrice Park Racing and Chris Fairhurst.

Yards will be open from 9.30am until 1pm.  The morning will also see a parade of the Bedale Foxhounds through the centre of the town at 11am, and a parade and jumping demonstration from James Bethell at his yard at around noon.


Events move to the beautiful location of Middleham’s Low Moor from 1.30pm.  The afternoon’s entertainment kicks off with the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) parade, followed by the ever popular and hotly contested Inter-Yard Team Challenge, incorporating the Donkey Derby.  The Pony Club showjumping relay competition returns for this year, and there will be food and drink stalls on the moor to keep all visitors well fed and watered throughout the afternoon.


Middleham Open Day is a highlight in Racing Welfare’s annual calendar of events, drawing over 3000 people to the town on the day.  Proceeds from the event will go towards funding regional Racing Welfare projects, including the Hill House development in the town, which is being re-developed in association with the Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation.  The project will support the local racing community by providing young people’s accommodation as well as community rooms, a gym and treatment facilities.  A proportion of funds raised on the day will also be donated to local good causes including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


Racing Welfare’s Northern Regional Welfare Manager, Sarah Fanning, said, “Middleham Open Day is a fantastic event and one that we are very proud to bring to the public.  We are passionate about showcasing racing within the town and surrounding areas and visitors can expect a very warm welcome in Middleham.  The open day really does bring the whole racing community together and we look forward to presenting a day out that has something for everyone.”


Tickets to the event are on sale now at with adult tickets priced at £12.50, concessions at £8.50.  Under 16s go free of charge.



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Katie Maini is certainly finding her local course at Doncaster to be a lucky venue as she was named the Go Racing In Yorkshire Best Dressed Lady for 2018 on Saturday (October 27).
It was the third time this year that Katie had been the big winner at Doncaster after she landed both the spring competition and the Doncaster Best Dressed Lady competition earlier this year.
“I can’t believe it” gasped Katie, who works for a legal firm in Doncaster, “it is just fantastic to win”.
Nine beautifully attired ladies lined up for the final, each representing the racecourse where they had been successful earlier in the year and the judges had their work cut out to decide between them.
The judges were Helen McIlroy from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel and Spa at Bawtry, Annette and Emma Woolliams, who own the fashion boutique Yasmin of Bawtry and Epworth and Julie Short, a previous winner of the competition, who was representing
Katie wins a gorgeous vintage diamond ring, a spa weekend at the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel and a £500 voucher to spend on a new outfit at Yasmin of Bawtry.