Winter Festival race meeting

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Harvey Smith gets into the spirit of Christmas to launch the second Go Racing in Yorkshire Winter Festival which takes place between December 26 and 29 at Wetherby, Catterick and Doncaster.

The Winter Festival comes hot on the heels of a highly successful Summer Festival earlier this year and brings together three Yorkshire racecourses on four consecutive days during Christmas week.

The Festival starts on Boxing Day at Wetherby, Yorkshire’s traditional home of Christmas racing, with the two-day William Hill Yorkshire Winter Festival before moving to Catterick on the 28th and finishing at Doncaster on Sunday 29th December.

John Sexton, Chairman of Go Racing in Yorkshire said: “On these short winter days, it is great to be look forward to something special and the Go Racing In Yorkshire Winter Festival certainly fits the bill.

“This mini-festival covers the three Yorkshire jumping courses of Wetherby, Catterick and Doncaster is the perfect complement to the highly-successful Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival offering, as it does, lots of fun and high quality, exciting racing for all the family.”

This year’s entertainment includes stilt walkers and fire eaters who will be welcoming racegoers at each of the racecourses.

There’s a racecard competition to win two badges for the Sky Bet Chase day at Doncaster on Saturday January 24 and includes overnight stay for two at the Crown Inn Bawtry. Entry forms will be printed in the racecard every day.

A special “find the snowflake” competition aimed at family racegoers will feature at each course, encouraging family and younger racegoers to hunt out the snowflake with one lucky winner at each racecourse wining a goodie bag and a family admission ticket to February Fun event courtesy of Stockeld Park near Wetherby.