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Thousands bask in sun and soak up atmosphere at Press Family Raceday
9:25am Monday 10th September 2012 in News
Buy this photo » Thousands of racegoers on Knavesmire enjoy The Press Family Raceday
THE late summer sunshine and warm temperatures made for a successful Press Family Raceday as thousands headed to York Racecourse to take in the atmosphere.
This year the annual event on Knavesmire was boosted by the addition of a listed race, the £33,000 Garrowby Stakes, as well as usual family favourites such as a fun fair and an appearance from children’s television character Peppa Pig.
Between 24,000 and 25,000 racegoers flocked through the turnstiles.
Speaking from the event yesterday, racecourse marketing manager, James Brennan said: “The sun has just come out again and it has been glorious here. Peppa Pig has been a big draw and there are lots of children with their faces painted. The atmosphere is everything a Press Family Raceday should be.”
He said the weather was a huge improvement on last year when temperatures were 10C cooler than the 25C enjoyed by crowds yesterday. “The important thing is that people come to enjoy it and that’s certainly what they seem to be doing,” he said. “This is the warmest race day we have had so far this year.”
Steve Hughes, managing editor of The Press, said: “The turnout has been fantastic and it’s a great atmosphere as always and we hope everyone has had a good time.”
The racing saw the Garrowby Stakes won by Mince, the Roger Charlton-trained horse ridden by James Doyle.