Santa finds himself before stewards at Lingfield
A 'festive parade' involving Father Christmas caught the attention of eagle-eyed stewards at Lingfield Park on Saturday.
Two elves accompanied Father Christmas (right) in the small parade before racing at the all-weather venue.
The official report from the stewards read: "The stewards held an inquiry regarding the requirements under BHAGI 3.1. into why the clerk of the course failed to notify the racecourse department at the head office of the British Horseracing Authority, that the racecourse intended to include a festive parade at this meeting.
"The stewards interviewed the clerk of the course who stated that, due to an oversight, he had failed to seek permission.
"They forwarded his comments to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority for consideration."
The parade featured Father Christmas on a horse, with two children as elves on ponies.
The BHA tweeted: "Re: Lingfield santa - biosecurity always an issue. That's why it matters if other animals are on the course.
"The animal didn't get near race-horses. No harm done. But bear that in mind, Rudolph."
One of the 'elves' was the daughter of long-standing Coral PR director Simon Clare, who said: "It's an annual event, it's put up on the big screen and the kids come out to watch it."