Wetherby rewinds to 1461 Country

08th February 2018

Wetherby Racecourse embraced all things Medieval last Saturday at the annual Towton Medieval Day! Making the journey way back to 1461 and the Battle of Towton, famously fought just ten miles from the racecourse. Ballyoptic claimed the win for the feature race of the day, the Totepool Towton Novices’ Chase, named after the Battle of Towton.

(Robin Waters laughing his way to the winning post under Harry Skelton)

Courageously armed with mac and brolly, the weather did not dampen spirits! The Knights in Battle brought entertainment throughout the day: staging battle demonstrations between races, a guard of honour for the Towton Novices’ Chase, a medieval working kitchen, a traditional craftsman working area and the opportunity to try on Medieval armour and weapons.

Joining the Knights in Battle, was SMJ Falconry, who brought along a spectacular collection of various birds to learn about and handle throughout the day.

Thanks to those who came along and enjoyed a thrilling day of racing! Join us next time on Tuesday 20th February and following that Tuesday 20th March for some weekday racing excitement. Remember to get your tickets from the website early for discounted prices. Head to our Facebook to see more images from the Towton Medieval Day on Saturday 3rd February.