A RACING charity with offices in Malton is the official partner of Go Racing at Yorkshire’s Summer Festival 2018.

Now in its 11th year, the Summer Festival seeks to showcase the best of flat racing in the sport’s northern heartland. It is running from July 21 to 29.

Go Racing in Yorkshire, which has teamed up with the charity Racing Welfare, seeks to promote the opportunities available for racing enthusiasts to follow the sport within the north of England, in addition to attracting those new to horseracing.

Yorkshire boasts more racecourses than any other region in the UK, hosting 180 days of racing each year across its nine venues of Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Thirsk, Wetherby and York.

Racing Welfare’s chief executive Dawn Goodfellow said: “Go Racing in Yorkshire’s Summer Festival seeks to shine a light on racing across the county of Yorkshire and Racing Welfare is thrilled to be their official charity for this year. Having regional teams in both Malton and Middleham is a reflection of the emphasis we give to the northern racing communities as an organisation and we are very proud to be joining forces with the Summer Festival for what promises to be a fantastic week.”

Racing Welfare teams will be at Thirsk on Friday and York on Saturday to allow racegoers to find out more about the work of the charity in addition to how they can get involved with volunteering and fundraising.

The Racing Welfare stand will join forces with that of Careers in Racing to offer the public the chance to test their own riding skills on the Careers in Racing Equiciser.

The Summer Festival also offers a range of entertainment in addition to the racing.