Wear your festive pullovers to see the Warwick jumpers

Warwick Racecourse staff pictured donning their Christmas jumpers, from left to right, Guy Woodward (head groundsman), Thomas Williams (operations executive), Georgie Norton (events executive), Simon Butler (groundsman), Charlotte Parkins (business development executive), Andre Klein (general manager) and Paul Delaney (groundsman).


RACING returns to Warwick next Thursday, 14th December, when the Larkshill Engineering Juvenile Hurdle kicks off a seven-race card for the course’s Eventmasters Christmas at the Races meeting, writes David Hucker.

Racegoers are being encouraged to pull on their Christmas jumpers with prizes on offer for the most original and ‘cheesy’ jumpers, including an annual membership to the course and tickets to future race meetings, plus gifts from Warwick’s local community supporters.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the day in their favourite Christmas jumpers and embracing the festive spirit,” said manager Andre Klein.

“It’s vital that all horses racing at Warwick are good jumpers, so we wanted to challenge racegoers to wear ones where all patterns go. We will try and get everyone together for a big group photo in the stands, which will be a bit of fun.

“It’s a great chance to do something different for your Christmas party this year and make sure it’s one that everyone remembers for all the right reasons!”

Last year’s meeting was memorable for a debut hurdles win for Willoughby Court, who followed up at the course in January before landing the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is unbeaten in two chases this term and looks another to add to Warwick’s roll of honour which recently saw Bristol De Mai, a winner over the course in 2015, line himself up for a £1 million bonus by taking the first leg of jumping’s Triple Crown with a wide-margin win at Haydock Park.

The 1707 restaurant has already sold out, but tickets are still available for the Christmas-themed GoodGoing Marquee which offers racegoers a three-course festive feast, with live music and entertainment throughout the day.

Gates open at 10.20am, two hours before the first race, and the Eventmasters Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race brings the afternoon’s entertainment to a close at 3.35pm.

Advanced tickets for the main enclosure are priced at £12.50 with under-18s admitted free. For more ticket information call 01926 405 560 or go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk