Wetherby Races Christmas success

wet  Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2i)
wet Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races. (121226M2i)

Wet weather failed to dampen spirits at Wetherby Racecourse as its two-day festive meeting went ahead despite heavy rain threatening to cancel the race.

Thousands turned out for the two-day Welcome to Yorkshire Christmas Meeting which took place on Boxing Day and Thursday, December 27.

wet  A racegoer on Boxing Day at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2h)

wet A racegoer on Boxing Day at Wetherby Races. (121226M2h)

The event, which was cancelled twice in 2009 and 2010 due to flooding, passed early morning inspections on both days much to the delight of race-goers.

Chief executive Jonjo Sanderson told the News: “We are very pleased the meeting went ahead especially given the weather conditions.

“We were very well prepared and can control everything here but the weather.

“It was a very good meeting and we are pleased with it.”

wet  Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2j)

wet Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races. (121226M2j)

Mr Sanderson said attendance figures for Boxing Day were down on last year, despite promising tickets sales, with 9,000 attending the meet.

Around 11,000 attended last year’s meeting.

Mr Sanderson added: “It is often the case that figures drop when there is an inspection, but I am pleased with how it went and it was a great meet.”

Highlights of this year’s two-day meet included the Grade 3 Rowland Meyrick Race on Boxing Day and the Castleford Handicap Race on Thursday.

The 1.10pm race at Wetherby Racecourse on Boxing Day.  (121226M2g)

The 1.10pm race at Wetherby Racecourse on Boxing Day. (121226M2g)

As well as the racing, guests were treated to musical entertainment which was 
provided by the LA Jazz Band and the Endeavour Ceilidh Band.

Mince pies and mulled wine were also on offer for visitors, as well as a free shuttle bus which took guests between Wetherby Bus Station and the racecourse.

For information on Wetherby Racecourse visit www.wetherbyracing.co.uk.

wet  Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2f)

wet Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races. (121226M2f)

wet  Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2e)

wet Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races. (121226M2e)

wet  Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races.  (121226M2d)

wet Boxing Day crowds at Wetherby Races. (121226M2d)