Down Royal Racecourse Welcomed YouthAction Group to Summer Festival 2014

downDown Royal Racecourse welcomed 15 members from YouthAction to Down Royal Racecourse on Friday 20th June, the opening day of Down Royal’s two-day Summer Festival.

The YouthAction Group were treated to a tour of the racecourse and saw first-hand what goes on behind the scenes of the County Down racecourse. The group walked the track with the Clerk of the Course, met the Racecourse Doctor and had a Q&A session with current Gold Cup winning Jockey Davy Russell.

Chairman of Down Royal Racecourse, Jim Nicholson, welcomed YouthAction to the racecourse: “The Summer Festival is a highlight of the racing calendar here at Down Royal and we are delighted to have shared it with YouthAction who have strived to make a significant difference to the lives of young people and communities’ right throughout Northern Ireland for the last 70 years. The young people visiting the racecourse on the first day of the Summer Festival 2014 witnessed the workings of the entire racecourse right from the weigh room to the racetrack, and spoke to the experts that make racing happen. We were delighted to welcome them to the racecourse and to be able to offer them this experience.”

The Summer Festival at Down Royal racecourse is a highly anticipated event which kicked off on Friday 20th June with The Tote Galway Plate Trial Race Evening, while Saturday’s racecard featured  the richest flat race in Northern Ireland in the Magners Derby as well as the illustrious Best Dressed Lady Competition.