Last weekend saw over 24,000 people visit Chester Racecourse for Autumn Festival.
8264 racegoers headed to the Roodee on Friday including 50 pupils from Wood Memorial CP School accompanied by Grand National jockey Carrie Ford. The children were taking part in a Racing to School initiative – learning about the inner workings of a racecourse on raceday and what goes on behind the scenes.
Saturday, the penultimate fixture of 2016 was attended by 15762. The crowd enjoyed a seven race card where the feature race was the Betway Stand Cup which was won by Mountain Bell, ridden by John Egan and trained by Ralph Beckett. Chester’s top jockey of the season award will go to Richard Kingscote who added 2 more winners to take his tally to 14 for the season.
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB were present on both days along with their Rally cars and simulator. Racegoers were encouraged to put their driving skills to the test for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event staged next month. Hospitality packages at the three day event will be delivered by Horseradish, information on which can be found here.
During the festival groups of families, friends and racing enthusiasts alike enjoyed a host of free activities on the open course including a giant inflatable slide and climbing wall.
The next race meeting at Chester is Golden Square Shopping Centre Season Finale on 24th September, the last meeting until May 2017. Badges for both County Long Room and The Winning Post have already sold out. Remaining tickets have limited availability and so prospective racegoers are urged to purchase their tickets ahead of raceday to avoid disappointment. Tickets start at £10 for adults on the Open Course and children under 17 go free with a full paying adult.
For further information and to buy tickets visit www.chester-races.com or call the Box Office on 01244 304610. Follow Chester Races on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest information in the run up to raceday.