The event forms part of Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign, which has been created to highlight the fact that young people can go racing for free at more than 200 racedays up and down the country this summer. These include more than 50 special family days, when Britain’s racecourses provide a range of free additional, family-friendly activities for youngsters, making it a brilliant – and truly affordable – day out for the whole family.
To support the campaign, David Walliams, a Britain’s Got Talent judge and star of hit show Little Britain, has teamed up with Great British Racing to create a series of comedy sketches that promote the fact that under 18s race free.
The series, entitled ‘Horsing Around’ and written by Walliams, also stars The Crown actor, Billy Jenkins.
Keen to teach his father (Walliams) about a day at the races, Billy has to endure his father’s bumbling character in a series of scenes. Brighton-born jockey Ryan Moore, whose father Gary is one of the region’s most successful racehorse trainers, is the surprise star of one of the episodes. Walliams character is unaware of Moore’s status as one of the world’s greatest jockeys, and immediately causes awkwardness by asking the three-time British Champion where they can find a decent jockey, much to the embarrassment of his son, horseracing whizz Billy (played by Jenkins).
David Walliams said: “I really think the Under 18s Race Free campaign is great. So often, kids’ days out can be expensive for the family, so this could be a fun and different day out for everyone where kids go free. There are a lot of fun things children can do at the races, so it’s great to be part of a campaign to educate families.”
Ryan Moore added: “My kids love David Walliams so I knew that there would be trouble if I didn’t get involved in the filming with him. I think this is a great initiative and it’s so important that we get more children and families involved in the sport and coming racing.”
See under18sracefrr.com to watch Horsing Around and find your local family raceday.