Lancashire Life 65th birthday celebrations, Haydock Races
PUBLISHED: 22:39 28 August 2012 | UPDATED: 19:42 18 April 2016
Lancashire Life starts its 65th birthday celebrations with a trip to Haydock Races<br/>Photography by: John Cocks
The sun shone down on Haydock Park racecourse as Lancashire Life readers, clients and staff joined forces to celebrate our 65th birthday.
Bets were placed, won and lost in the excitement of the day – the first in a series of celebratory events this year. Around 40 guests enjoyed the hospitality at the racecourse which included three course lunch and afternoon tea with delicious cakes from Lizzy’s Lovely Cakes, of Crewe.
But the highlight for 12 lucky readers was the chance to pick the best turned out horse in the Lancashire Life maiden stakes. They were advised it wasn’t about which horse they thought was going to win, but the one that the stable boy or girl had put the most effort into presenting.
Things to look out for included shiniest mane, plaits and braids and polished hooves. After some deliberation a unanimous decision was made and horse number 12, Tenacity, groomed by Scott Brockbank and trained by Kate Walton was named ‘best turned out horse’.
After this excitement the guests headed to a special viewing box to watch the race up close before returning to the parade ring, where Lancashire Life reader Len Hindley had the honour of presenting Tom Tate, the trainer of winning horse Mean It, ridden by Mickey Fenton with the Lancashire Life trainer.
‘It really was an honour to give the trophy on behalf of Lancashire Life,’ said Len. ‘It just made my day really. The whole thing was brilliant - from the company on the table to the food. Being able to go into the parade ring and be that close to the horses and jockeys as well was something I’ll probably never experience again and just made the whole day extra special.’
Thanks to his time in the parade ring, Len also picked the winning horse, Mean It. ‘I said to Kim at the time that horse looks raring to go so I put £20 on the nose and it won!’ he said.