The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Mary Sheldon, attended the annual Elmbridge Community Raceday and Pantomime Horse Race on Thursday 25 July at Sandown Park Racecourse. Funds raised at the exit collection were in support of the Mayor’s chosen charity, Elmbridge Mencap which is a local charity focused on supporting children and adults with learning disabilities as well as their parents and carers. This support is delivered by way of leisure activities, social clubs, family fun days, film nights and other activities, including use of the sensory rooms, at Burview Hall.
The highlight of the day was the Mayor’s Pantomime Horse Race. A total of 10 horses were in the line up. As usual, it was a close run race, and the handicap system had to be invoked after one of the two-legged variety crossed the finish line first. As a result, the Clerk of the Course declared the winner as Elmbridge Mencap’s horse, Mencap’s Mangy Mustang.
The Mayor was at the finish line with Michael Aspel OBE to present the winners with the bottle of champagne. The weather was extremely hot and the horses ran with enthusiasm on a shorter course and were rewarded with plenty of water. The field also included horses and mascots from Chelsea FC Foundation, Painshill Park, the Mayor’s daughters, Sandown Park Racecourse, Epsom Racecourse and three entries from Elmbridge Borough Council.
The Mayor said “I am thrilled that Sandown Park Racecourse again included the Pantomime Horse Race in the Elmbridge Community Raceday. It is always a huge highlight in the year and a real pleasure to thank all of those who entered for braving the heat and their sense of fun and commitment. Congratulations to the winners! I would also like to thank the exit collectors from my chosen charity, Elmbridge Mencap, for collecting money at the end of the afternoon.”