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!

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