LITTLE Grace Chapman is the winner of an annual art competition to design the front cover of the racecard for Redcar’s Easter Monday meeting.
Grace, five, who comes from Hartlepool, has won a VIP family day out after her eye-catching entry was picked by the judges.
Her mum Becky said: “We love coming to Redcar Races and Grace is so excited to have won the competition because she just loves drawing.”
Youngsters were challenged to colour a template showing an Easter egg jockey passing the finishing post.
Grace, a pupil at Kingsley Primary School, will have a race named after her on Easter Monday and will present the trophy to the owners of the winning horse.
As well as four admission tickets into the Grandstand, her family will also enjoy a three-course meal, a bottle of wine, and free racecards.
Katie Louise Park was runner-up and will have her entry printed inside the racecard as well as winning four Grandstand tickets for Easter Monday. The third-placed artist, Maisie Whittaker, will also have her entry printed in the racecard and will receive two Grandstand tickets.
Redcar’s general manager Amy Fair said: “The standard of entries this year was fantastic, and Grace is one of the youngest winners we’ve ever had. She did an amazing job and we hope she and her family have a memorable day.”
As well as a cracking day’s racing, Redcar will be bouncing with family fun activities on Easter Monday, including visits from the Easter Bunny and Alice and Wonderland and friends.
The gates open at 11am, with the first race scheduled for 1.55pm. Entrance prices are £17 into the Grandstand (£14 for concessions) and £6 into the Course enclosure (£5 for concessions). Admission is free for accompanied children aged 17 and under.
Ripon Racecourse has introduced a ‘Green Scheme’ in time for the start of the 2019 season, offering discounted entry to cyclists and public transport users with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of racedays at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse.
From the first meeting on Thursday 18th April cyclists will receive a £5 discount token for the Club or Paddock Enclosure when parking up at the bike racks provided. National Cycle Network and Cycle routes to the course, along with full details of how to collect and redeem the discount token, can be found on the Ripon Races website at https://ripon-races.co.uk/green-scheme/.
In addition, a £5 discount will also be given to racegoers who travel to Ripon from Leeds or Harrogate by bus on the raceday, with a shuttle bus also provided by the racecourse from the centre of Ripon to the track. Full details of how to take advantage of this discount can also be found at https://ripon-races.co.uk/green-scheme/
Jonathan Mullin, Marketing Manager of Ripon Racecourse said:
“The Climate Coalition’s #ShowTheLove campaign throughout February really hit home with us. We are ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ and it is vital that we play our part both in terms of raising awareness of climate change but most importantly by becoming ‘greener’ ourselves.
“We thought introducing and incentivising the option of cycling to the races would be a good start, especially given the popularity of cycling in Yorkshire.
“We also realise that the lack of a train station in Ripon often leaves our racegoers feeling that they have little choice but to drive. We wanted to make the option of public transport more appealing, especially from Harrogate which is our nearest train station. We hope that a discount for bus users encourages racegoers to leave the car at home and makes the connection to the trainline more viable”.
With spring in the air the flat season is really getting into full swing and Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse is all set to join the party with their season opener, Easter Family Day on Thursday 18th April. Alongside a great afternoon of racing there will be an Easter Bunny Hunt, bouncy castle, face painting and mini-farm in the Course Enclosure, as well as free chocolate eggs for kids!
A busy winter saw Ripon awarded RCA Excellence Accolades for Customer Service and the Club Restaurant as well as retaining their place in the Visit England Top 10 Quality Assured Racecourses. In February Ripon staged the inaugural toy horse ‘Winter Dash’, which proved extremely popular on social media during a period when racing was abandoned due to an outbreak of equine influenza and Ripon Race Company Ltd celebrated its 120th birthday on 20th March!
Ripon Managing Director, James Hutchinson said: “We were delighted to retain our place at the top table in 2018 and it was especially pleasing to collect an award for customer service, along with the Club Restaurant receiving an excellence accolade for the fourth consecutive year.
“We won’t rest on our laurels though, we have been working hard through the winter and we are determined to kick on and improve the experience in 2019”.
Ripon have a number of raceday engagement projects in the pipeline for 2019 and that begins with a ‘Take Your Pick’ racecard competition to debut at the season opener on 18th April. The free-to-enter competition will take place at every Ripon meeting in 2019 and requires racegoers to select three horses from the Ripon card for a shot at the £100 prize.
Marketing Manager, Jonathan Mullin said: “We plan to introduce something new and different at each of our meetings through the 2019 season and the ‘Take Your Pick’ racecard competition is just the start of that. We’ll have £100 up for grabs at every meeting in 2019 and it’s really easy to enter.
“We hope that this will both encourage new racegoers to engage with the racing and give our regular racegoers something different to get involved with. Keep an eye out for #whatsnew on social media on all of our 2019 racedays”.
You can keep up to date with all the latest news and offers from Ripon racecourse on their social media pages, or by visiting their website.