The Dick Young Memorial race takes place on Wednesday 22 June
Carlisle United director Dick Young is to be honoured at Carlisle racecourse on 22 June, with a race being named after a true gentleman who tirelessly worked hard for the cause of the Football League club.
Dick sadly passed away last spring, having held the position of Commercial Director at Brunton Park and moves have now been made to hold a race in his honour on Wednesday.
The Carlisle Bell meeting takes place on Wednesday 22 June and features the famous Carlisle Bell race, which can lay claim to being the oldest British flat horse race.
The Carlisle Bell will be sponsored by bookies.com and the company behind this leading sports website has decided to commemorate Dick Young by naming the 3pm race as the Dick Young Memorial Carlisle Bell Consolation Race Handicap.
Following Dick’s passing, Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “Dick really was Mr Carlisle United. He was a friend to everyone who met him and carried a huge amount of weight and respect within the business community, and with the club’s supporters.
“He held a massive love for the club and was a popular figurehead within our commercial set-up.”
Crowds are expected to flock to Carlisle racecourse for Bell Day, with Ifwecan winning the 2015 renewal for trainer Mark Johnston at odds of 17/2.
Previous winners have included Johnno, Silvery Moon and Levitate. The Carlisle Bell is expected to command around fifteen runners to run the seven furlong, 200 yard showdown which is always hotly-contested.
Bookies.com chairman Andy Bell is looking forward to the big day and expects it to be a typically popular occasion.
He said: “Carlisle Bell Day brings the city out in numbers, with the Bell always a cracking race which attracts high-calibre horses.
“We’re also pleased we could commemorate Dick on Wednesday as he was someone who did so much for Carlisle, especially the football club”.