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Catterick Racecourse will host a unique race day next week as racegoers are invited to take part in a question and answer session prior to racing this Friday.
Ahead of a packed seven race card, featuring the £10,000 EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes, the racecourse will host a panel with trainers, jockeys, stable staff and racecourse personnel.
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The panel will take place from 1pm to 1.30pm outside the Winner’s Enclosure, and all race goers are invited to attend, listen and ask their questions about the racing industry.
Emma Binnian, sales and marketing manager said: “This is not only a great opportunity for any new racegoers to ask any questions they might have but also for our seasoned racegoers to learn more about the industry which they love.
“I hope that everyone, regardless of their racing experience, can take something away from the day.”
The first race kicks off at 1.50pm and throughout the day there will be an equicisor on site for any budding jockey’s looking to feel what it’s like to ride a winner! In addition, Careers in Racing, The Northern Racing College and Racing to School will all have informative stands on the day.
Free entertainment, including the Go Racing in Yorkshire roadshow, a Where’s Wally style colouring board of all the different racing careers and bouncy castles, will provide a perfect end to the half term holidays for all those younger race goers.
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Ahead of the gates opening at 11.50am, a select group of local school children and Pony Club members will be taken on a behind the scenes tour of the racecourse which will include the Weighing Room, a course walk and the stables, as well as an opportunity to have a go on an equicisor.
The tour will be given by Carrie Ford from Racing to School, who famously road Forest Gunner to fifth place in the 2005 Grand National.
Carrie Ford, Northern Regional Education Officer for Racing to School said: “Racing to School is delighted to support the Racing Recruitment Day at Catterick Racecourse to give an insight into how racing works, and the wide range of employment opportunities that the horse racing industry has to offer.”