Bid to break mascot race record

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History is set to be made on two fronts as Wetherby Racecourse stages the first of four flat race meetings in its 125-year history and Sue Ryder aims to break the world record for the most mascots in its Gold Cup Race.

The start of flat racing at Wetherby, on Sunday April 26, is the culmination of many years of planning and gives the West Yorkshire venue the opportunity to extend their season beyond the winter months.

Michelle Campbell said: “We’re really excited about this year’s event.

“Mascot Day is always a very competitive, hotly contested event and it would be great to create a world record on the day that we start a new chapter in Wetherby Racecourse’s history with the first of four new flat fixtures.”

The Mascot Gold Cup, sponsored by Foresters, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the race and as part of the milestone the fundraising team at Sue Ryder aims to break the world record for the most mascots in a race.

Last year over 80 larger than life furry characters joined the charity race and Sue Ryder are awaiting news from Guinness World Records to confirm the target they need to beat but entries have already broken the 100 milestone.

The Mascot Gold Cup has been held at Wetherby Racecourse since 2006 and has raised £130,000 for the charity and a similar figure for many other charities as Mascots can fund raise for their own causes.

Individuals, corporate groups, sports associations are all encouraged to join in the fun and the charity has a number of costumes that can be adopted for the day, for those who don’t own their own.

Teams have come from across the UK and Northern Ireland and this year there’s even an international entry.

Funds raised help Sue Ryder care for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses in Yorkshire at their hospices in Keighley and Headingley and their neurological centre at Holme Hall near York.

The Mascot Gold Cup is part of the Family Day with additional entertainment including an animal petting farm, the National Festival Circus, inflatables, and face painting.

To register for the mascot race and help break the record, contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640176 or visit