Thursday, July 17, 2003
FIVE DAY ROYAL MEETING RETAINED FOR 2004
Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously consented to a fifth day of Royal Ascot next year.
In 2004, Royal Ascot will run from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June and the Royal Enclosure will operate on all five days.
"The Golden Jubilee fifth day was very special and delivered a crowd of 57,700 so the fact that this year's attendance bettered that was very pleasing," said Douglas Erskine-Crum, Chief Executive at Ascot.
"We hope to be able to make a decision about the location of the 2005 Royal Meeting later in the year, when the result of our planning application is known."
STRAIGHT MILE REALIGNMENT TO START NEXT AUGUST
Subject to planning permission, it is expected that the straight mile will be out of action from the beginning of August 2004 so that the realignment of the track can commence.
Starting with the Blue Square Shergar Cup on Saturday 7th August 2004, races normally run on the straight track will, whenever possible, be switched to the round course.
"Preparatory service diversion work is already taking place on the Heath in advance of the realignment of the straight mile and there will be no Heath Enclosure on De Beers Diamond Day this year," said Douglas Erskine-Crum.
"Planning process allowing, the first major stage of the redevelopment will start next August and this will begin to have an effect on our racing programme.
"Most of the races run on the straight mile course can be diverted to the round course, perhaps with slightly reduced fields in some cases, and we will keep everyone informed of the necessary changes to race conditions."
COME RACING AT NEWMARKET ON SATURDAY - FRIDAY SOLD OUT
Newmarket races on the July Course on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon - July 18 & 19 - and racegoers should make their plans for the Saturday because tomorrow (Friday) is sold out.
Saturday's seven-race programme features the £32,000 Listed Food Brokers Aphrodite Stakes (2.50pm) over a mile and a half which has attracted 11 fillies and mares at the five-day stage.
Local trainer Henry Cecil has entered Dawnus and Floreeda. The first-named could bid for a hat-trick after wins at Chepstow and Pontefract, while Floreeda was successful in a Yarmouth maiden on her last start earlier this month.
Four other possibles for this competitive race won last time out - Chorist, Largo, Moments Of Joy and Thingmebob.
The other big race of the day is the £30,000 Chemist Brokers Healthcare Trophy Rated Handicap (3.25pm) over a mile for three-year-olds rated 0-100 and 25 entries have been received.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Mubeen and Weavers Pride, trained by Barry Hills, share the honour of having been allotted top-weight of 9st 7lb.
Mubeen justified favouritism at Salisbury in a classified stakes on July 4 while Weavers Pride was the two-length fifth behind South Atlantic over course and distance at the July Meeting.
Henry Cecil is represented by La Scala, a lightly-raced Theatrical filly who won a maiden at Ripon this month, while Grand Passion could run for Geoff Wragg. He was fourth in the race won here by South Atlantic and won a handicap at Sandown earlier this term.
Racing starts at 1.50pm and ends at 5.10pm. A family bar will be in operation in the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure. Children are most welcome in this non-smoking bar, which will have a kiddie's corner with tables and drawing materials. In addition, children's entertainers will pop in during the afternoon.
NEWMARKET SOLD OUT ON FRIDAY
Unless you already have a ticket, don't go to Newmarket for this Friday's evening's fixture (July 18). Tickets for the second "Newmarket Night", which will feature a concert by Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra after racing, have sold out in all enclosures.
Very few tickets are now left for the following Newmarket Night on Friday, July 25, which will feature a concert by Liberty X after racing, in the Members' Enclosure and Grandstand & Paddock.
There is still availability for Friday, August 1, when Status Quo will be playing after racing, and for Friday, August 8 (The Hollies) and Friday, August 15 (Atomic Kitten), though the Family Enclosure is sold out for the latter and almost sold out for the first.
Free child places are now only available for August 8. On the other Nights, full price tickets must now be purchased for children.
"The popularity of our Newmarket Nights has continued to grow and we anticipate selling out in advance on at least four of the five Friday evenings to come," commented Lisa Hancock, Managing Director for Newmarket Racecourses. "Please book now to avoid disappointment."
To book, ring the hotline on 08707 200 201 or visit www.newmarketnights.co.uk
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gaynor Haxby, Marketing Manager, 01638 675 505
NEWMARKET NIGHTS 2003
FRIDAY 18TH JULY
JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA - SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 25TH JULY
LIBERTY X - Just 100 left in Members - Just 50 in Grandstand & Paddock - Sold out in Family Enclosure
FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST
STATUS QUO - Availability in Members and Grandstand & Paddock - 20 left in Family Enclosure
FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST - THE HOLLIES
Availability in all Enclosures
FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST - ATOMIC KITTEN
Availability in Members and Grandstand & Paddock - Sold out in Family Enclosure
Members' Enclosure £25
Grandstand & Paddock £15
Family Enclosure £6
NOTE: 10% advance booking discount for tickets bought for Members and Grandstand & Paddock at least 14 days in advance; 20% discount for group bookings of 20 or more tickets.
NOTE: there are no free child badges left for any of the Newmarket Nights except for The Hollies (8th August). Full-price tickets therefore have to be purchased for children.
Ring 08707 200 201 (open until 12 noon on Saturday) or visit www.newmarketnights.co.uk
NEWMARKET'S GREY DAY!
Racecourse to stage first ever race in Britain exclusively for greys
Newmarket will break new ground on Saturday, August 16, when it stages the £10,000 SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap over six furlongs on the July Course.
"People love to see grey horses and we thought it would be really interesting to put on a race where they're all grey!" commented Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses.
"Our first appeal is to owners and trainers with greys rated up to 80 that could run in the race - make sure you enter on 11th August! It would be fantastic to see a big field of greys battling it out up the Newmarket straight. And there will be real kudos and lots of fame for the winner!"
Newmarket received dispensation from the British Horseracing Board to run the race provided there is an equivalent race for brown, bay and chestnut horses at the same meeting. This race will take place the previous evening.
"At the end of the day it's something fun and a bit different and we're delighted that SportingOdds.com have stepped in to sponsor the race," added Hancock. "We're hoping that a lot of people will come along to enjoy the spectacle."
SportingOdds Head of Communications, Mark Renshaw, added: "We are delighted to sponsor the first ever 'greys' only race in this country. We are expecting a competitive betting heat and you can be sure that a number of novelty wagers will be available nearer the race. The sight of many grey horses sprinting down the July Course will surely capture the imagination of the British public!"
The SportingOdds.com Grey Horse Handicap will be run at 1.55pm, the second race on a seven-race card starting at 1.20pm. Saturday 16th August is "Newmarket Experience Raceday", which will also feature displays and demonstrations associated with some of the other equine attractions and organisations in Newmarket, including the National Horseracing Museum, National Stud and British Racing School.
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