Racetrack’s fine memorial celebrates horse-lover Lauren

THE life of former Newton Abbot Racecourse employee Lauren Scott was celebrated with a memorial raceday in her honour.

Lauren, whose life was cut tragically short earlier this year, was a valued member of the team, say her colleagues.

Dedicating this week’s fixture to Lauren, the racecourse invited her family and friends to join them in celebrating her life and the contribution she made to the racecourse and the sport.

Following the fifth race of the evening, the Remembering Dear Lauren Scott Handicap Hurdle, a line of honour was formed by jockeys as her family were invited into the Parade Ring to make a presentation in Lauren’s honour to the winning connections.

Patrick Masterson, managing director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, said: ‘Lauren was an absolutely wonderful young lady, completely dedicated to horses and her love of racing.

‘Following the news of her tragic passing ear- lier this year, we wanted to pay our respects to Lauren and celebrate the life of such a promising young horsewoman. We felt it was only fitting to dedicate tonight’s fixture to celebrate Lauren’s life and achievements.’

Penning a note to her daughter in the evening’s racecard, Lauren’s mother Nicola wrote: ‘My Lauren, my wonderful daughter. Our happiest times together were at racing events; Ascot, Cheltenham, local tracks, our love of horses. Tears of joy, laughter, racing partners, cherished memories together.’

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