Large crowds turned out in the autumn sunshine, to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Bangor on Dee Racecourse on Wednesday 10th November, as she was guest of honour at the Racing Welfare Charity Day.

The day was a fantastic success for the charity, as they raised over £40,000 through a silent auction, bucket collections, ticket sales and sponsorship.  

Tansy Challis, Fundraising Executive commented: “The Trustees of Racing Welfare are absolutely thrilled with the success of the charity raceday at Bangor-on-Dee.  Our welfare services are fully funded by charitable donations and the money from this event will help us maintain the provision of our services across the UK; to help everyone involved in racing, during times of need. We are especially grateful to the Trustees of Anne, Duchess of Westminster’s Charity and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, who have enabled us to put on this worthwhile day.”  

After lunch, The Princess Royal enjoyed an afternoon’s racing; The Maxilead Metals Beginners’ Chase, the first race on the card, had some very strong runners. The winner Wymott, trained by Donald McCain and owned by Trevor Hemmings certainly looks worth following through the season.  The Venetia Williams-trained Summery Justice won the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase and ran a fantastic race at a longer distance than he has been used to – definitely one to watch!  The highlight of course was the Donald McCain treble on the day – a real plus for our very own local trainer.

Jeannie Chantler, General Manager for Bangor on Dee, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Racing Welfare to Bangor.  We’ve had a lovely day’s racing with a increase in crowd numbers of 28 per cent.  It’s nice to have such a relaxed atmosphere even with the Royal presence!” 

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