Mascot Gold Cup organisers in party mood

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Organisers of the Mascot Gold Cup are inviting mascots and members of the public to Wetherby Races on April 29 to help them celebrate the event making £100,000 for charities.

The idea for the race was born in 2005 at a Young Farmers’ Club meeting.

Andrew Wood who is race organiser for the event’s main beneficiary, Sue Ryder, admits it was just another “daft idea” but one which came good.

He said: “We were very lucky to have the great support of the team at Wetherby Races and some great sponsors.

“The event has grown each year to be now the largest of its type in the world that we know of. Seven years on we’ve had some great days out and its staggering to think that a ‘throw away’ comment has generated £100,000.”

The Mascot Gold Cup, sponsored by Foresters, has become an integral part of Wetherby Races family day meeting with thousands of people turning out to enjoy an afternoon of high-quality traditional jump races and one which is a little bit different.

As is traditional a Mascot Parade will take place prior to the race itself as punters study the form of the cuddly characters and bet on them.