Last updated : 18 July 2002 By Grandmaster Suck

TWO days of racing take place at Hamilton Park this week with the spotlight firmly on senior citizens and families.

Afternoon racing on Thursday, July 18 is the racecourse's opportunity to thank its senior citizen racegoers who provide such loyal support to Hamilton Park each year.

Entry for seniors (everyone aged 60 and over) is FREE on Thursday. Known as Special Concessions Day, students also gain free entry at this race meeting.

Morag Gray, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park, said: "This is our opportunity to say a big thank you to our senior racegoers who give us such tremendous support."

Removing the entry fee for seniors and students on Thursday means it's free to come to Hamilton Park on Thursday. If you're a student or a senior and have never been to Hamilton Park before come and see what we have to offer. We're sure you wont be disappointed."

The first of the usual six races is at 2.10 pm. Race two on the card is a tribute to Joe McGee who has worked in racing for an amazing 50 years and is based at renowned trainer Linda Perratt's yard Cree Lodge. Hamilton Park is proud to salute Joe and his lifetime in racing.

The North Lanarkshire Craft Association will be holding a craft fair in one fo the marquees and look out for some betting, food food and drink freebies thanks to the National Joint Pitch Council, Le Bistro Hospitality, The Tote and Highland Distillers.

Hamilton Park's not-to-be-missed Family Night takes place the following day on Friday July 19 with the first race at 6.50 pm.

While Hamilton Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere at every race meeting, Family Night really is an occasion for mum, dad, gran, grandad and the kids.

A host of exciting fun events are planned in addition to the racing including a Fun Palace, Galleon Ship and Bouncy Castle.

A Fancy Dress competition for children will take place with the winners being judged at 7.55 pm in the Winners' Enclosure.

Morag Gray added: "Family Night is an unforgettable evening at the racecourse. With something for everyone, we aim to show that a visit toHamilton Park combines great racing with a brilliant day out."

On Special Concessions Day, the racecourse opens at 12.10 pm and on Family Night at 4.50 pm.

Meanwhile, Hamilton Park says it is "delighted" with the success of Velvet Fair Friday sponsored by Tennents. The crowd at this race meeting was a superb 6000.