Wednesday, 26 February 2014

50 Days Of All-Weather Championship Racing Remain

Today marks the 50 day countdown to the All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 18. It was four months ago today, on Saturday 26 October, that we hosted the opening day of the Championships. Of the 7 winners that day, one has gone on to run creditably in Dubai at the carnival, one went hurdling for the winner (winning one race and coming second in her other), three haven't run since their victories and the other two have run here without putting another All-Weather Champs victory to their name. The most notable of the runners from that day though is the Marco Botti trained Grey Mirage, who since finishing third in the opening race, has gone on to win three Class 2's and come second in another and is now top of the "Horse of the Year" league table with £58,598.50 in prize money.

The most valuable day of the All-Weather Champs season here is still to come though, with over £130,000 in prize money up for grabs on our Lincoln Trial Family Day. The day features two £45,000 races with the winner of the Lincoln Trial (Class 2) and Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Class 1) also going on to compete for further valuable prizes at Doncaster and Lingfield respectively.

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All leaderboards and league tables are updated every Tuesday and can be seen online here. The table the punter's are keeping an eye on in particular though are the jockeys standings, Luke Morris and Adam Kirby have been separated by only a few winners all season, both seen around the four tracks driving home favourites and outsiders alike. As the All-Weather Championships ambassador, Luke "the sniper" Morris writes a blog for the competition which gives a great insight into the Championships from the jockey's perspective, and is a real must read for all of you all-weather racing followers;

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Season Of Spring Live Music Is Upon Us

On a wet and blustery evening last Saturday a few loyal racegoers and many entertainment seekers turned out to watch our first 8 race card of 2014, followed by a superb live music performance, and disco, from ABBA Tribute, Swede Dreamz. On the track we saw Caramack complete his hat trick here, despite going up in grade, the 4 year old won in the same fashion as previously coming home late to win by less than a length. A rare runner at the track for Tim Vaughan made a winning debut, Nellie The Elegant won at a massive 16/1 SP under a great ride by David Probert.

If Swedish pop isn't your cup of tea there's no need to worry as we have music to suit all tastes coming up over the next couple of months, just check out our line-up:
  • Saturday 15 March - Hipster (Rock & Pop)
  • Saturday 5 April - Envy (Boy Band)
  • Saturday 12 April - Heart Of Glass (Blondie Tribute)
  • Saturday 26 April - Wham Bam Duran (80's Power Pop)

The entertainment is thick and fast come March with our Lincoln Trial Family Day kicking off proceedings on the 8th, as well as a fantastic Pro/Am Darts Evening with a few legends of the game on Friday 21 March.

Although we're without live music for the remaining Saturdays in February, we have got Friday evening meetings for the rest of the month, including today, with the first race off at 5.05. The aptly named 'Dazzling Valentine' runs here this evening, maybe the sentimental pick in the 7.05 for our racegoers sharing the exclusive Valentine's Day Package in Horizons, for which there's still availability for all of you super late plan makers, call us now for details!