York Racecourse has appointed a new ambassador – and he knows every inch of the track.
Former racehorse Goldream is to become the course’s first equine ambassador.
The former dual Group 1 winner of the King Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot will represent the Yorkshire track on and off the racecourse and “help demonstrate the meaningful lives racehorses lead following their racing career”.
You can meet Goldream, along with his friend Poppy the pony, at future race meetings, and learn about their lives.
They will be in the Clock Tower Enclosure at the following 2022 fixtures:
- Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May
- Sunday 22nd May
- Saturday 9th July
- Saturday 23rd July
- Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th August
- Sunday 4th September
- Saturday 8th October
Goldream’s role will also help further York Racecourse’s links with the community by visiting groups who might not have the chance to meet a horse.
Goldream is resident alongside 25 former racehorses at charity New Beginnings based near York, founded by Kevin and Pam Atkinson.
They said: “Goldream is a wonderful character and is very calm and loves meeting people and will certainly be at home with all the attention in his role as York’s ambassador!
“We see daily the powerful impact racehorses have on people lives and we are delighted to be partnering with York Racecourse on this initiative so more people can experience and learn what horses do for people, and people for horses.”
William Derby, chief executive of York Racecourse and who also owns a former racehorse, added: “Our priority is to ensure the highest standards of equine welfare at York Racecourse when racehorses visit us.
“However, a horse’s racing career is just one chapter of its life, the thoroughbred is the most versatile and wonderful of breeds and there are many opportunities for a fulfilling and successful life after their racing days are over.
“Locked Inthepocket has given me and my family years of enjoyment since we took him on after he had finished racing, and at the age of nineteen he is still loving life! He and Goldream are an example of the second careers many former racehorses go on to do.”