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Wincanton racing season starts on October 20th

 

WINCANTON Racecourse’s season begins on Friday 20th October with the Somerset track celebrating 150 years of racing.

The team is relishing the prospect of seeing top class horses in action during the autumn and winter jump racing campaign.

Huw Williams, General Manager at Wincanton Racecourse, said: “I’m hugely excited about the season ahead at Wincanton. The racecourse is such an iconic venue with a 150-year pedigree and we look forward to celebrating our landmark birthday throughout the 17 racedays with our many racegoers.

“With numerous racecourses in the region and many point-to-points, horseracing plays a significant role for both socializing and corporate days out; and our team will continue to deliver on its solid reputation as a welcome track that offers value for money.”

Seventeen fixtures will take place at Wincanton during the 2017 -2018. The Season Opener on Friday, 20th October officially launches - WINCANTON RACECOURSE THE FIRST 150 YEARS – a 60-page hardback book by the Dorset-based author George Bingham. The book explores 150 years of racing in Somerset with a series of anecdotes, stories and photographs; and is a tribute to those that founded and developed the racecourse for future generations. Gates open a week Friday at midday for a six racecard and once again Wincanton will operate its mid-week one-enclosure admission price of £12 for an advance ticket, increasing to £14 on the day.

The second meeting is on Sunday, 29th October which is the Key4Life Charity Raceday – celebrating 150 years of racing in Wincanton.

The day begins with a charity race in which eight brave racing folk; including siblings Harry and Amy Derham, trainers Anthony Honeyball and Harry Whittington; and Qatari royalty Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah Al Thani line up for a 1m2f sprint, in a bid to raise funds for the Somerset-based charity Key4Life, that is seeing extraordinary results rehabilitating young offenders and those at risk of going to prison through an innovative seven-step programme. The celebratory Sunday fixture will also stage seven official races and will be bursting with complimentary entertainment from Victorian themed rides, jugglers to a children’s carousel, plus QPR Football Club and Bath Rugby Club workshops for racegoers and their families.

The Badger Chase Day, on Saturday, 11th November is Somerset’s richest raceday and attracts high quality horses. The 3m1f30y Badger Ales Chase is the sport’s most celebrated handicap chase and remains a contest on every jockey’s wish list. The card is supported by the challenging Rising Stars Novices Chase and the exciting Elite Hurdle; and has rightly secured main-site coverage with ITV Racing broadcasting The Opening Show and afternoon racing live from the Somerset track. After racing, popular local band – The Enrichments - will be performing.

An additional November fixture takes place on Thursday, 23rd with the racecourse continuing with its mid-week one enclosure policy with an £11 entry price.

Two Christmas meetings are staged on 7th and 26th December, with the latter being one of Somerset’s greatest traditions – Boxing Day – and is another high point in the seasonal calendar. During October, Wincanton is offering a staggering £10 off all entry tickets for this premier raceday, where children aged 18 and under gain free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Current prices stand at £10 for Grandstand entry or £17 for the Premier Enclosure. Full details can be found online at wincanton.thejockeyclub.co.uk with prices reverting to the full fare come the 1st November 2017.

Next year, Newcomers Day, Champion Hurdle Trial - Kingwell Hurdle and Family Fun Day are all enduringly popular fixtures. One evening fixture on Thursday, 10th May will continue with its Cheese & Cider Celebration theme and back by popular demand is Wincanton’s seasonal finale – Ladies Day - on Tuesday, 15th May with the return of the Best Dressed Lady Competition.