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Photo finish for York’s 2013 racing season
8:44am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
IT was a case of “hold on to your hats” for racegoers in York yesterday as the meeting was greeted with the autumn chill factor.
York Racecourse’s 2013 calendar draws to a close today with the end of its two-day October meeting, and visitors will be hoping the sun shows its face after a shivery start with overcast skies and blustery weather.
Yesterday’s Countryside Raceday celebrated rural life, with laser clay pigeon shooting, a market and a falconry display, while today’s card has regularly drawn the biggest October weekend attendance of any course in the country.
Its highlight will be the £75,000 Coral Sprint Trophy, with gates opening at 11.15am, the first race at 1.50pm and the last action of the year getting under way at 5.15pm. Tthe Coldstream Guards Band will be playing on the weighing room lawn throughout the day.
The racecourse will be anything but quiet over the winter months, as the first phase of a £5 million redevelopment of the northern end of the site sees an improved pathway and course crossing point created, alongside a new pre-parade ring.
This opening stage of the scheme is scheduled to be completed and operational for next year’s May meeting, the start of York’s new racing season.
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