Thousands of Lanarkshire families had a blast on Sunday as Hamilton Park Racecourse saddled up for its first day of racing in 2022.
The venue has partnered with a local charity, Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation, for a day of fun activities for kids and big kids.
This included free entertainment from Denver’s Den Fun House, Pirate Assault Course, Surfing Simulator, Nintendo Switch Battles plus some favorites like segways, bungee trampolines, laser tag and more.
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Hamilton Park welcomed its new partner, Strathclyde Sirens – Scotland’s only professional netball team, which appeared at the Paddock Lawn, giving everyone the chance to meet the team and try their luck in the shooting circle.
The action-packed day also featured seven thrilling races with over £100,000 in prize money. Highlights included the £35,000 Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes, which were shown live on ITV and STV Racing, followed by the £30,000 Buttonhook Handicap Stakes.
The Hamilton site thanked punters for their attendance, posting on social media: “What a great day it was yesterday for our opener – The Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation Family Raceday.
“Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this a fantastic day an exciting race and family fun. It looks like you all certainly enjoyed your day.”
The Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation posted after the event: “What a fantastic day we had at Hamilton Park Racecourse for our family race day.
“The DreamMaker team had a great day and even had a few winners.
“Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you all had a fantastic time and enjoyed your day.”
Hamilton Park Racecourse also said it has created an incredible entertainment program throughout the season with special celebrities, who they believe will “wow our racing fans”.
A spokeswoman said ahead of the event: “Providing the best racing experience, whether on or off the track, remains at the heart of everything we do, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone to Hamilton. Park this summer.”
The racetrack now turns to this weekend’s event on Sunday May 8, which is the Sky Bet Sunday Series.
They say it will be their richest day of racing ever with a record prize money of £200,000.
The day’s entertainment includes music from Massaoke with guest punters coming in for a day of fun.
Tickets will be available the same day at the door, but you can save £5.50 per adult ticket by booking online before Saturday 7 May.
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