FOUR-legged frisky fillies and colts are a common sight at Warwick Racecourse.
But on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day next month, visitors will witness up to 15 romantic couples who have been tied together taking part in a race to win a free wedding. The ‘Valentine’s Dash’ takes place on Kingmaker Day at the Midlands racecourse on Saturday 11th February.
There is a twist to the 200-yard event though. As well as being attached to each other, midway through the race one person has to dress their other half in either a top hat or a veil.
Lee Moulson, the racecourse commercial manager, said: “Our Valentine’s Dash promises to be a hilarious spectacle, but for one couple there’s a fantastic prize at the end of it—a free wedding at the racecourse.”
Couples wishing to enter can either call 01926 491553 or email the racecourse sales and marketing assistant Natasha Swan at natasha.swan@ thejockey club.co.uk
Kingmaker Day is one of the highlights not only of Warwick Racecourse’s sporting calendar but of the jump racing season as a whole in Britain.
The day’s racing is being sponsored for the first time by Betfair, one of the largest international online sports betting providers.
Two years ago, the current Cheltenham Gold Cup holder Long Run won the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase.
Last year’s hero was Finian’s Rainbow, a leading fancy for this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. With the first race due off at 1.35pm, gates will open from 11.35am.
Tickets can be booked in advance at www.warwick racecourse.co.uk or by telephone on 0844 579 3013. Advance adult bookings get a 10 per cent reduction—£18 instead of the on-the-day price of £20.
Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Seniors (over 65 years) and Juniors (18 to 24 years) pay £15.
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