June 1, 2012
-- Kempton Park might normally play host to the thundering hooves of sinewy steeds, but on May 8th this year the famous horse racing venue found itself with an entirely new form of racing atop its hallowed turf.
On bank holiday Monday the inaugural Blue Square Mascot Grand National took place at the Surrey racecourse, pitting the nation’s quickest and quirkiest furry representatives against each other in a battle of speed and agility. The finest mascots came from right across the country to form the headline event on a family day which also included an afternoon’s Flat racing, petting farm, pony rides, fair rides and a host of other pleasures for parent and child.
Kempton Park hosted the event in conjunction with London radio station Heart FM to raise an anticipated £2,000 for the ‘Have a Heart’ appeal, this year’s beneficiary of the charity race. All mascot entry fees were donated to the charity, and the racecourse also gave £1 for every admission ticket to the deserving cause.
Kimberley Green, Marketing Manager for Kempton Park, said of the event:
“The Blue Square Mascot Grand National was a fabulous spectacle and we were delighted that so many mascots entered (52 originally with a few non-runners)
and to see so many supporters cheering their favourite mascot home. The Mascot Grand National is great fun and Kempton Park was pleased to be able to showcase it in the London area and raise valuable funds for charity”.
The event was won by Mr Bumble, the furry Bumblebee mascot of Barnet F.C., who paced in ahead of the Plumb-Bay Duck (from Kent’s Plum-Bay Ltd) and Jenny the Giraffe (representing Sutton United F.C.). Pictures of the well-attended event can be found on Kempton Park’s Facebook page.
Kempton Park is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK hosting almost 100 Jump racing and Flat racing fixtures throughout the year. You can visit their website at http://www.kempton.co.uk