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LITTLE Grace Chapman was in wonderland yesterday after winning a VIP trip to Redcar Races thanks to her artistic skills.

Grace, five, from Hartlepool, won the annual competition to design the racecard front cover for the Easter Monday meeting at the seaside course.

As well as being treated to a special lunch with her family, Grace also presented the trophy in a race named in her honour, and met the characters from Alice In Wonderland.

With so many runners entered, the race was divided into two, so she got to present the trophy twice.
Grace’s mum Becky said: “She’s had a day she’ll never forget – it’s been really special.”

Her dad Ian added: “We’ve all had a cracking day so, hopefully, it will encourage Grace to continue with her art.”
With the course bathed in sunshine, crowds turned out in force for the meeting.

As well as Alice and her friends making an appearance, children were also treated to gifts from the Easter Bunny.

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