Ongo Bear runs in world’s largest Mascot Race
Ongo Bear is making his final preparations for the worlds largest Mascot Race, held in Yorkshire this weekend.
The Mascot Gold Cup will see mascots travelling to Wetherby Racecourse to take part in the event on Sunday 17 April.
This is the 11th year its taken place and Ongo Bear is looking to claim the winners spot after he came second in his debut run last year.
The Mascot Gold Cup has been held at the racecourse since 2006 and has raised almost £300,000 in that time for various charities, including Sue Ryder.
Before the race, mascots will take part in a parade where punters can place bets on their favourites.
There will also be a competition to find out who is the ‘best turned out’. The mascots will run the final furlong of the course which is 220 yards and they will have to negotiate six small fences.
Through an interpreter, Ongo Bear said: “I’ve woken up from hibernation early and have been training hard for this year’s race.
“I was incredibly proud to have come in second place on my debut race last year, so I have my sights on winning this year. But as long as I can help raise lots of money for charity then I’ll be happy with whatever the result is.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all my mascot buddies on the start line, so may the best mascot win.”