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Preparations under way for The Press Family Race Day
FAMILIES are under starter’s orders as York Racecourse prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to the Press Family Raceday on Sunday, September 8.
Visitors to Knavesmire can enjoy big savings on a day of top-quality sporting action by booking in advance of the weekend, which has been running since the Millennium.
Thousands of tickets have already been snapped up for the event, which regularly attracts about 20,000 people for a day of top racing plus children’s entertainment, such as TV star Peppa Pig.
With highlights including the final of the Charles Owen pony racing series, racing bosses expect to appeal to an audience which would not normally go to the track, as well as seasoned race- goers.
Those wanting the VIP experience of the County Stand can enjoy some of the lowest prices of the season – £22 a place if booked in advance or £24 for admission on the day.
The racecourse’s head of marketing, James Brennan, said: “They get seven competitive races including one in the top 300 in the country. So it’s a proper day of racing and the card as a whole is worth more than £100,000.
“We put up proper prize money on the day so we get the better horses and the big- name jockeys.”
The list has not yet been announced, but appearances by champion jockeys are on the cards.
For the first time, there is a grand final of pony racing which is tipped to feature rides by the sport’s future stars. Novice riders and children can also enjoy their first experience in the saddle at the reins of a computer controlled virtual horse.
There will also be other activities for the children to enjoy including bouncy castles, plus top quality food at bargain prices. To contribute to the informal atmosphere, the normal dress code for the County Stand will also be relaxed.
Changes to the layout to create a combined Grandstand and Paddock and course enclosure will allow spectators to bring a picnic to the Knavesmire’s open bank before wandering across to explore the stand.
They can enjoy the view from the top seats or visit the parade rings for a close- up view of the runners, riders and action on the turf – all for £8 if booked before Friday or £12 on the day, with accompanied under-16s going in free.
Picnic lockers have been introduced so visitors can explore without carrying food around with them.
Gates open at 11.15am with the first race at 1pm and the last at 5.10pm. For more information, go to yorkrace course.co.uk
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