Monday, 23 December 2013

Boxing Day Build Up

Our 20th anniversary of all-weather racing here is fast approaching, occurring on one of our most popular fixtures of the year, Boxing Day. Preparations are in full swing at the racecourse and just now we have had the declarations for what is sure to be a good day's racing, including two £19,000 class 2 handicaps -

Click on the image for the Boxing Day fixture page

A three and a half thousand strong crowd is expected for the day, and if the forecasts go to plan, it seems as though we'll have a dry, but very chilly day, so get the thermals and big coats on and wrap up warm for a fantastic day at the races. For those of you dining in style for the day in one of our fabulous restaurants, we have a marvellous festive menu on offer (pages 17 and 19 on the link below):

We will be closing the booking for our special saver package for the day in a few hours. The Boxing Day Saver Package is only £20 and includes admission, drink voucher, food voucher and a racecard, superb value for money!

We hope you'll join us at our 20th anniversary celebrations, tweet us your all-weather memories from the racecourse using the #WolvesAW20.

Friday, 13 December 2013

£45,000 Handicaps

It hasn't been two weeks ago since we held our most valuable race ever over the winter months, a class 2, Ladbrokes sponsored, £45,000 handicap, and on Saturday evening we're doing it all again. The winner of the 6:20, a class 2 handicap, sponsored by Coral, will take home £28,012.50, with 2nd to 6th taking home the remainder of £45,000.

Again we welcome Solar Deity to the course (pictured winning last time out) for Saturday's feature race. He'll be hoping to make it a hat-trick of our top valued races in 2013, having won the previous £45,000 handicap on 30th November, and the William Hill Lincoln Trial on March 8th.

Martin Harley, Solar Deity's regular jockey, has been racking up the wins in recent weeks, marauding up the All-Weather Championship jockey's league table. As of Tuesday, the day after nabbing a four timer here, Martin sat top of the table, fending off close competition from all-weather favourites; Adam Kirby, Luke Morris and Silvestre De Sousa. The competition is fierce between the four, separated by only a couple of wins, much closer than the owners and trainers tables, in which Godolphin and Evans respectively are seemingly running away with the titles. We're not even half way through the season however and so there's plenty of racing to come before the Godolphin team and Evans' yard can feel safe at the top.

The festive months may be the period that we come into our racing element here, but it's not just on the track that we're entertaining racecourse guests. A brilliant crowd turned out last Friday and Saturday for our first Christmas party nights, and another excellent crowd is expected this weekend for another double helping of Christmas Party entertainment. We've got another few festive events to come too for you late festive party bookers, including; an Elvis Christmas Party Night on the 20th of December, our 20th anniversary Boxing Day Racing and a New Year's Eve Party to take you into 2014!

Click on the tree for our event listings

Thursday, 5 December 2013

20th Anniversary

It's only 20 days till Christmas, but even more excitingly here, it's 21 days till Boxing Day, which this year will mark the 20th anniversary of all-weather racing at Wolverhampton Racecourse! We're celebrating the occasion with live music, fabulous All-Weather Championship racing and a host of packages for our visitors to choose from for this momentous occasion.

Click on the image to go to the Boxing Day fixture page

Over the past 20 years the racecourse has played host to many wonderful race meetings and some magnificent events. Hosting around 100 fixtures a year, the racecourse has been entertaining racing enthusiasts all year round for many years, special mentions go out to those Wolverhampton Racecourse stalwarts who have provided competitive races time and time again, one such figure is up for the special achievement award this evening at the ROA annual awards, good luck Almaty Express and all connections!

Not just a consistent fixture on the racing scene, the racecourse has been the location of some brilliant entertainment acts and has become renowned over the years for its Saturday evening entertainment after racing, which has featured some excellent tribute acts, local bands and live singers. By far the biggest act to perform at the racecourse however featured on last year's calender when Scouting For Girls entertained nearly 4,000 visitors on a fantastic summer evening, watch this space though for the announcement of a star band for the feature music evening in 2014!

Let us know some of your favourite moments at the racecourse from the past 20 years on our Twitter feed (@WolvesRaces) using the '#WolvesAW20' hashtag. We'll even feature a few of these on our new digital screen on the Boxing Day fixture!

We look forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with you!