The Spring family raceday featured an afternoon of Jumps racing along with a range of countryside activities to keep the whole family entertained. During the afternoon a group of Colts and Fillies members were taken on a trip to the start so they could see a race from an entirely new perspective and with free Junior Racecards for members there was an opportunity to learn more about the sport.
Colts and Fillies Members Luke and Amelia did a fantastic job of representing the Club in our sponsored race, picking the Best Turned Out horse and presenting mementoes to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey. While our club gardening area enabled all members to decorate a pot and plant a spring flower to take home.
In the main arena there were entertaining performances throughout the afternoon including The Lamb National, a stunning falconry exhibition and ferret racing. Demonstrations from gun dogs and sheep dogs were also enjoyed by the spectators.
There were guest appearances from the Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit. Scotty, the Ascot Mascot, was on hand to ensure all the children were having a good time and away from the main arena were pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modellers and jugglers. Children could also get close to the animals in our petting zoo.
The agricultural zone allowed participation in bee and honey making workshops, flower arranging, bygone country skills and willow bank igloo making. Amazing tree art was produced by the chainsaw carver and there were foraging demonstrations and a chance to learn all about hedgehogs.
With warm sunshine throughout our Spring family day provided a great day out for the whole family.
Colts and Fillies members enjoyed a festive treat before racing at our special brunch with guests Father Christmas and Scotty. A delicious brunch was available for the children to enjoy and Mother Christmas read a special Christmas story. Father Christmas and Scotty popped by and were delighted to hear that all the children at the brunch had been good this year so they each received a special early Christmas gift.
Out on the track we saw some wonderful Jumps racing with Unowhatimeanharry winning the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle for owner J P McManus and trainer Harry Fry.
Away from the track the children enjoyed some festive fun. Mrs Christmas' Mailroom welcomed children for Festive tales and Gingerbread decorating while Father Christmas' workshop had festive craft activities for all.
Rudolph and his friends could be found on Animal Avenue alongside Huskies and ponies for riding. With fairground rides, face painting, Jugglers and balloon modellers there was plenty of fun for everyone.
Throughout the day there were appearances from Scotty, our club mascot, the Ascot Greencoat teddy and the Snowman and the Snowdog. The day ended with a Christmas Carol Concert in the Grandstand with lots of Christmas cheer and audience participation.
Halloween Raceday and Firework Spectacular - Saturday 29th October 2016
Ascot's first meeting of the new 2016/2017 Jumps season was great fun for our Colts and Fillies members. There were seven races to enjoy during the afternoon and trainer Gary Moore won the £100,000 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase with Antony. Free junior racecards were available to club members to help them make the most of the racing.
Colts and Fillies Members Kieron and Annie did a fantastic job of representing the Club in our sponsored race, picking the Best Turned Out horse and presenting mementoes to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.
Down on the plaza lawns there were thrills and excitement on the fairground rides where the brave could enjoy the frightfully exciting Superstar. Younger racegoers could enjoy some gentler rides, including the pony variety, and the dodgems proved popular for the whole family.
Agatha Rancid was at the witches' campsite providing witch and wizard names for all and the trick or treat doors provided spooky surprises for all who dared to knock.
Colts and Fillies Members could use their membership badge to access the club craft area where they could make spooky Halloween items and after racing 150 members attended an exclusive magic show where our magician performed amazing tricks to keep everyone entertained.
The evening highlight was a charity firework spectacular in association with Ascot Round Table. Everyone gathered in the grandstand to watch the fantastic fireworks which was a great finish to our family fun day.
The rain finally stayed away as families headed to Ascot for the Summer Mile Raceday. There were eight exciting races out on the track with Mutakayyef taking the group 2 Summer Mile for trainer William Haggis and jockey Dane O'Neill. Earlier in the day children took centre stage with 2 pony races, it was great to see them on the Ascot turf and we may just have seen some of the jockeys of the future.
Before Racing Club Patrons Ant and Dec held a question and answer session in the parade ring where Colts and Fillies members got to have their questions answered. We found out how they did at their school sports day, what their signiture bake would be on the Graet British Bake Off and what cartoon character they would like to be. I think it's safe to say they were not the usual interview questions!
There was a visit from TV favourites Ben and Holly and the Octonauts, a Teddy Bears' Picnic area with Teddy Bear hosts Bonnie & Billy and quintessentially English summer fairground rides. Face painters transformed the children into an array of animals and mythical creatures and balloon modellers were on hand to create a fun assortment of animals and props for the children to take home.
Colts and Fillies Members could collect an exclusive baseball cap on completing the scavenger hunt around the racecourse and decorate Teddy Bear biscuits to take to the picnic.
Great weather, racing and entertainment resulted in a great day out for the whole family.