Catterick Racecourse to hold reminiscence raceday

Racing Reminiscence Day, in partnership with Racing Welfare, will take place at Catterick Racecourse for the second consecutive year on Thursday, May 23 alongside flat racing action on the track.

Racing Welfare hold regular ‘racing reminiscence’ coffee mornings for retired racing beneficiaries, where attendees can get together and chat about times gone by, with the aim of helping to combat loneliness.

The reminiscence race day on 23 May will showcase memorabilia and provide an opportunity for everyone to share their memories and stories of the racecourse and the local area.

Racegoers will have the opportunity to view a display of memorabilia and stories from over the years at the main entrance and Gods Solution Bar, where Racing Welfare will be based throughout the day for anyone looking to enjoy a coffee and a chat.

Plus, there’s a chance to win a voucher for two Grandstand & Paddock admission tickets to a Catterick race day of your choice in 2024 by completing the Racing Welfare quiz.

Gail Burton-Pye, welfare officer at Racing Welfare, said: “Once again we are really excited to be working with Catterick Racecourse to deliver our Racing Reminiscence Day.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Racing Welfare to share some of the amazing memories and memorabilia that has been kindly donated by our retirees with Catterick’s racegoers.

“As well as raising awareness about the benefits and importance of reminiscence for individuals’ mental health and well-being.  Please do come along and have a look.”

In addition, the racecourse is working with Franklyn Care Group, sponsors of the Hillcrest Who Cares Wins Handicap.

Some of the residents from Hillcrest, a residential home – located in Catterick Garrison – for those living with dementia, will be attending the race day to take part in the reminiscence day activities, help choose the best turned-out horse ahead of their race and present the prize to winning connections!

Emma Stevenson, general commercial manager, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming residents from Hillcrest Care Home to the racecourse for our Reminiscence Day on 23 May, along with Racing Welfare and their beneficiaries.

“It’s been wonderful hearing some of our racegoer’s memories in the lead up to this event and we’re looking forward to learning more about the history of the course.”

There are seven races scheduled on the day, with the first race at 2.10pm and the last at 5.15pm.

The feature race on the day is the British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes scheduled for 4.40pm while loyal supporters of Catterick Races and local bookmaker Vickers Bet, sponsor the fifth race on the card, the Download The Vickers.Bet App Handicap Stakes.

The gates will open to the public from 12 noon, and a free shuttle bus will run between Richmond Market Place and the racecourse from one hour prior to the first race.

Tickets and hospitality are available to book now and tickets will be available at the gates on the day, however, racegoers can take advantage of advanced and group booking ticket discounts either online or over the phone by ordering at least 48 hours ahead of gates opening. As with all of Catterick’s fixtures, under 18s race free and concessions tickets are available for racegoers aged 65+, students and those with military ID.

Visit catterickbridge.co.uk or call 01748 811478 to make a booking.

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