A RECORD £183,000 in prize money will be up for grabs at Warwick Racecourse when it hosts its richest raceday of the season.
The Betfred Classic Chase Day is Warwick’s feature meeting of the year and is expected to attract a bumper crowd of more than 3,000 people to the racecourse on Saturday, 13th January.
The fixture is the main meeting of the afternoon across the country, with ITV Racing broadcasting four races live on ITV4, attracting the UK’s top trainers and jockeys.
Overall prize money has seen a rise of £22,000 from last year’s total of £161,000, making it Warwick’s richest ever racing programme.
A £75,000 prize pot is up for grabs in the Betfred Classic Chase, rising from £60,000 last year.
Seven races will take place across the day, with other highlights including the Grade 2 Leamington Novice Hurdle.
The racecourse will also be celebrating the rich history of the sport, hosting a racing memorabilia and history event.
A display of racing memorabilia will be on display in the Paddock Pavilion, near the parade ring, with unique and special racing artefacts on display.
There will also be a series of talks from racing personalities between races, including Chris Pitt, Britain’s most celebrated racing historian, as well as ex-jockeys Richard Linley, Nick Carlisle, Paul Barton and Peter Hobbs.
Racegoers are encouraged to bring their own horse racing memorabilia along on the day, with the opportunity to display them in the Paddock Pavilion.
Tours of the racecourse with a local racing expert will also be available for £5, an hour before the first race, bookings to be made in the Racecourse office
Andre Klein, General Manager of Warwick Racecourse, said: “This fixture is always the standout raceday on our calendar and this year a record amount of prize money will be on offer for the high quality field in the Betfred Classic Chase.
“It was incredible to see last year’s winner One For Arthur go on to win the Grand National, his victory emphasising the high calibre horse that will be racing at Warwick on the day.
“Alongside the top action on the course, we will be recognising the incredible history of horse racing with our memorabilia show. We would love for people on the day to bring along any artefacts they have to make the display even more impressive!
“The day will be a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the sport and see some stars of the future, who could go on to win the top prizes on offer in horse racing.”
Gates open at 10.40am ahead of the first race at 12.40pm. The final race of the day will be at 4.05pm.
Restaurant and hospitality packages are available, starting at £105 per person. For more ticket information call 01926 405 560 or visit www.warwickracecourse.co.uk