Jason Hart rode a double on a fantastic, fun-filled Family Day fixture that saw thousands descend on Chester Racecourse and the Open Course in particular, where a host of entertaining and engaging activities took place for children.
From a giant city beach to incredible inflatables, the Open Course had something for everyone, including a visit from CBeebies favourites Pinocchio and Friends.
On the track, there were six thrilling races and a few outsiders claiming the spoils.
A late jockey change in the first race of the afternoon saw Jim Crowley take the ride of Alba Longa and break clear on the favourite to win the Britvic Handicap Stakes for trainer Ralph Beckett.
Making Dreams was first past the winning post to take the Alan Taylor Handicap Stakes with Brandon Wilkie in the saddle, while David Probert sprung a surprise aboard Marcella to come down the outside and claim the British EBF Ruby Anniversary Stakes.
Another outsider was victorious in the feature race of the afternoon, the Net World Sports Queensferry Stakes. Jockey Ray Dawson gave Mitbaahy a peach of a ride to win the Class 1 Listed race for trainer Roger Varian.
Veteran Safe Voyage was the winner of the Halliwell Jones Handicap Stakes with Jason Hart in the saddle, who quickly followed up on First Impression to make it a double by winning the Jordan North DJ Set Ladies Day Handicap Stakes.
Our thanks go to all those who joined us for Family Day, including our race sponsors and those helping to run activities on the Open Course, Parent Folk and Net World Sports.
Next up at Chester Racecourse is our annual Ladies Day fixture on Saturday 2 September, featuring a DJ set from Radio 1’s Jordan North.
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