Mascot record tumbles at Wetherby races

NAWN 1504262AM9 Mascot Race.(1504262AM9)
NAWN 1504262AM9 Mascot Race.(1504262AM9)

A record tumbled at the first hurdle at Wetherby Racecourse last Sunday.

But organisers for healthcare charity Sue Ryder were not disappointed as they believe they have broken the World Record for the most number of mascots in a race.

NAWN 1504262AM5 Mascot Race.(1504262AM5)

NAWN 1504262AM5 Mascot Race.(1504262AM5)

Andrew Wood, Sue Ryder Fundraiser and race organiser confirmed that 131 took part, beating the target of 100, at the Racecourse’s family day meeting.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted, the Foresters Mascot Gold Cup is a great addition to Wetherby’s family day meeting and we’re grateful so many mascots came along to help us break the world record and raise more vital funds for Sue Ryder than ever before.

“Thanks also to our hosts, sponsors and volunteers who without which the event could not happen.”

The Mascot Gold Cup has been held at Wetherby Racecourse since 2006 and has raised almost £150,000 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Over £18,000 was raised with around £3,000 for other charities.

NAWN 1504262AM4 Mascot Race. Actress Claire King with award winning mascots Heathcliffe the Hedgehog from Germany and Cukudles the Bear from Northern Ireland(1504262AM4)

NAWN 1504262AM4 Mascot Race. Actress Claire King with award winning mascots Heathcliffe the Hedgehog from Germany and Cukudles the Bear from Northern Ireland(1504262AM4)

Larger than life furry friends came from across the country and even Germany to help mark the 10th anniversary of the event, which last year attracted a field of 80.

Proceedings started last Sunday with a Mascot Parade where the JCT600 sponsored UK Mascot of the year title was awarded to Berry Bear of the FA Group.

Kieran from Kier Group was then presented with the award for being best turned out ‘Keep it Clean’ theme of Bulloughs Cleaning Services. Tippy Tap of Water Aid was runner up.

Best Mascot in parade was then presented to Buzz Chameleon of Chameleon School of Construction with Buster Bear of Redrow PLC placed second.

First across the line of the 128 finishers in the World Record attempt was Red Marauder the Horse of Ingmanthorpe Racing Stables with former Leeds and Scotland football captain Gary McAllister in the saddle.

Then came the traditional Mascot Gold Cup where the bumper race day Wetherby crowd cheered on the field as mascots sprinted, shuffled, stumbled and fell along the final furlong towards the finish line.

Daisy Dog of the White Ribbon Campaign was first, with Ongo Bear of Ongo second and Hero the Handsom Hurdling Horse of Kier and Macmilan third. Mr and Mrs Sausage, supported by Debbie & Andrews won the support of the crowd and the award for last home without stopping.

Keelham Farm Shop’s Lamby and Beefy scooped the award for the Mascot that had raised most for Sue Ryder for the fifth year running raising £2,700.