Thousands pack out Perth Racecourse for family fun day

Glorious sunshine attracted “record” crowds to Perth racecourse for their annual family race day on Sunday.

Almost 6,000 people travelled to the Scone Palace site to take in a day’s racing and take part in a number of children’s activities.

A team from Action Glen at Crieff Hydro were on hand to help out with activities as diverse as pony-rides and bubble football.

Marketing manager Katy Webster said the family fun day, which has been held annually since 2006, was their most successful yet.

She said: “The pre-sales have been the biggest ever for our family day – we expected record crowds.

“I’m pleased with the crowds but I’m even more pleased with the weather. Last year was a complete washout.

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Erin Harty (6) tries her hand at archery.

“The weather has definitely helped. I would say that this has been our best ever year for the family day.

“We were expecting 5,000 people so to get the extra thousand is fantastic.”

Children’s entertainment was offered in the centre of the racecourse by Action Glen.

Teams of children competed in bubble football which saw them don large round inflatable suits to kick the ball around the field.

Additionally children were given the chance to ride Segways – a kind of self-balancing electric scooter.

Mhairi O’Donnell, of Action Glen, added: “The activities today have been so, so popular – we are jam packed.

Thousands pack out Perth Racecourse for family fun day

“This year we’ve mixed it up a bit and added a couple of new activities such as bubble football, which is very funny to watch, as well as bringing back our usual activities such as the bouncy castle.

“The kids seem to love it – they have been doing laser quest, quad biking and riding Segways.

“We have been coming to the Perth racecourse family race day for four years now but this years is probably the best – we have been really, really busy.”

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L to R – Spencer, Katy and Sean Allan, Ian, Lisa and Olivia Hutton enjoying their day.

The day’s sporting action saw a field of horses take part in seven races from 2pm onwards.

The first race of the day was won by Cesar et Rosalie, who was ridden by Tom Scudamore. Tom is the son of Peter Scudamore, a former jockey who helped train Grand National winner One for Arthur.

In addition to the four-legged spectacle, racecourse bosses also catered to tennis fans by showing Wimbledon on the site’s big screens.