With only a matter of days until the first school holiday of the year, thoughts of parents, guardians, grandparents and carers are sure to turn towards keeping the children entertained.

So if you are looking to give the children a day out to remember this half term, why not seize the opportunity to introduce them to the sport of horse racing. It’s a hugely popular pastime in Yorkshire with nine courses in the county, including Doncaster –  the setting for a fantastic family fun day on Wednesday 22nd February.

“Our family fun days are always very popular and are a superb opportunity for a very enjoyable day out for young and old alike,” said Abby Chandler Marketing Manager Doncaster Racecourse. “Grandstand ticket are just £10 for the opportunity to experience a race card packed with quality racing and lots of activities for children to enjoy both on the course and inside our family friendly facilities.”

During the day there will be a range of free activities including a selection of fairground rides, face painters, a colouring station and children’s disco which provides fun, interactive entertainment with prizes to be won!

“This event is also supported by ‘Great British Racing’ who are actively encouraging younger generations to discover every element of horse racing from choosing it as a career to enjoying it as a spectator sport perhaps even owning a race horse one day,” said Abby. “Just a handful of meetings remain of the 2016/17 National Hunt season at Doncaster so this fixture allows everyone to enjoy the thrill of ‘the jumps’.”

Gates open at 12noon and the first race is scheduled for 1.40pm. The final race is at 4.55pm. All children under 18 receive free entry to the course when accompanied with a paying adult.

For further information and to buy tickets visit http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixture/betbright-raceday-2/



The Group 1 Juddmonte International, already Britain’s highest rated race, according to the average three year rating by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, will become the richest race ever run at York, with £1,000,000 on offer this August.

Connections of horses seeking to follow such superstars as Frankel or Sea The Stars into the Winner’s Enclosure on the opening day, Wednesday 23 August, will be the beneficiaries of a £100,000 rise in prize money.

The 2016 duel between Postponed, Europe’s highest rated older horse, and Highland Reel, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf hero, emphasised the global standing of this contest, so generously backed by Juddmonte Farms for more than a quarter of a century.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks, recently ranked as Europe’s highest rated contest for fillies and mares, and the Coolmore Nunthorpe, the best five furlong sprint in the world, will both see increases to reach their richest ever renewals at £350,000.

Completing the feature race set in August is Saturday’s Betfred Ebor, with Europe’s richest flat handicap of 2016, increased again to £285,000.

Speaking about the injection of funds, York Racecourse Chairman Lord Grimthorpe said, “Attracting the best horses to run in competitive races on the Knavesmire is what we are all about; so I am pleased that the unstinting support from long standing sponsors has allowed us to increase prize money for our feature races again this year. The Juddmonte International will reach a notable landmark demonstrating the generous support of Prince Khalid for a race that I know he cherishes.”



York Racecourse, one of the world’s leading flat racecourses, plays host to c. 350,000 racegoers and 1,300 runners across 18 racedays from May to October.  This progressive, independent racecourse seeks to deliver the best in prize money, facilities and raceday experience for racegoers, stable staff and horses.  York has 180 well-appointed stables in four peaceful quadrangles alongside top quality staff accommodation on the back stretch.

York Racecourse now seeks an appropriately experienced individual to joins its award winning team as Stables Manager for race weeks.  This is an appointment for a respected horseman to take the lead in managing all aspects of the stables operation at York before, during and after racedays.

Reporting to Anthea Morshead, the successful candidate will be able to lead a small, dedicated stables team in delivering a first-class experience for horses and their staff, with an eye for presentation and detail.  You will be good with both people and horses and an ambassador for York Racecourse.  You will also ensure the smooth and efficient running of the stables operation and be a hard worker, as well as a team leader.

Experience of raceday procedures and modern equine management will be essential, as well as a willingness to be hands-on and welcoming to visitors.  Approximately 50 days of work during the summer based around racedays, with bed and board for race weeks.

To apply please email CV and covering letter to Anthea Morshead at:


Email anthea.morshead@yorkracecourse.co.uk;


or write to:


York Racecourse


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