Award-winning Beverley Racecourse is launching an action-packed 2019 season with an Easter-themed raceday packed with family activities, including a “magical” Easter tree adorned with 500 chocolate eggs!
The family-friendly Westwood venue has teamed up with Pocklington-based chocolatier, Butterflies Chocolate, to host the Easter tree hung with real chocolate eggs, as well as egg-decorating workshops.
The Grand National is famously difficult to predict, and one that isn’t always a kind race for the favourites. Indeed, we have seen many big-priced winners in recent years, including the 66/1 shot Aurora’s Encore, trained by Yorkshire-based Sue Smith.
However, this year there is such momentum behind last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, that it would be considered something of a shock if the Gordon Elliott trained horse does not pass the finish line first on Saturday evening.
We are just weeks away from the start of the 2019 Flat season in the UK, where Beverley Racecourse will hold 15 meetings across the year at the Yorkshire venue. Before then, though, racing fans will be looking forward to the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.
The 4m2f contest at Aintree racecourse is arguably the most unique contest on the racing calendar, given the size of the obstacles the horses have to jump. A sell-out crowd is expected once again in April with thousands set to travel from Yorkshire for the meeting.
Beverley Racecourse enjoyed an impressive 6% rise in visitor numbers in 2018 as 80,000 people attended its meetings to watch the thrilling action unfold.
That strong performance came despite it clashing with the World Cup, with England and Sweden locking horns on a key race day. It has filled chief executive Sally Iggulden with a great deal of optimism ahead of the 2019 season and she believes the course will continue to go from strength to strength.