Enjoy May Day at Eyton Races!

Event:             Eyton Races - South Shropshire Point-to-Point 

Date:               Monday 2nd May 2022

Time:              Gates open 11am.  First race 1.00pm, last race 4.40pm

Location:        Eyton-on-Severn, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6PW. Located 7m SE of Shrewsbury, off the B4380 via the A5 and the M54 (exit 7).

After the incredible success of Eyton Races on Easter Monday we return to the racecourse for a fun filled family day out on May Day, Monday 2nd May.

Now in its 99th year, this popular race meeting is a wonderful day out for the whole family!  In addition to the thrill of the races, picnics and betting with Bookmakers, there will be children’s entertainment, a hound parade, a great selection of food from local suppliers, including Fordhall Farm hog roast, ice cream and crepes; a licensed bar, and stalls selling country clothing and equine accessories. 

Ben Shaw, Joint Chairman of the Point-to-Point Committee said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to their local racecourse in the glorious Shropshire countryside. We missed 2 years due to the pandemic but we know from the success of Easter Monday that everyone’s keen get back to the track and get the action underway.

“A fun family day out, Eyton Race Day is first past the post when it comes to bank holiday family entertainment.”

Huw Edwards, local jockey and trainer, who rode around the Aintree Foxhunters this year, said: “I’m looking forward to May Day.  It will be hectic with several runners but the going on the course is good.  A lot of time and effort goes into training the horses, they all have different skills and abilities.  The point to point circuit is a wonderful opportunity to introduce younger horses to racing, and for those who need to go down a league it’s ideal for race horses that don’t quite make the grade in National Hunt Racing. Etyon is a great day out for all the family.”

Amateur jockey, Guy Sankey said: “Eyton is a special track, it’s lovely to be running on home turf.  Fitting in racing around the day job can be a real challenge but it’s worth it.  The thrill and excitement of the racing, combined with the camaraderie of fellow jockeys and buzzing atmosphere bring this local racetrack to life.  It’s hard to believe next year will be the 100th race meeting at this iconic course.”

Richard Burton, who was National champion point to point jockey for 4 years and is now Joint Chairman, said: “We can’t wait for another days racing at Eyton.  Easter Monday was unbelievably successful, we’re so pleased that we can welcome people back to Eyton Races for a second time this year.  It’s the perfect way to enjoy a fun family day out in the great outdoors.

“We would like to thank our sponsors, organisers and helpers for their continued support, and we hope that, whatever the weather, people will come to Eyton Races and enjoy a great day out.”

Racegoers will also be pleased to learn that the popular ‘Best Dressed Lady Race-Goer’ Competition, sponsored by Templeton Jones, returns this year – a chance to pull out all the stops and dress up for race day. The judges don’t mind hats and wellies, just as long as they are combined with a touch of race day glamour!

Admission is £15 on the gate or prebook tickets online: www.eyton-races.com/buy-tickets, under 16’s go free.  Dogs on a lead are most welcome and car parking is free.