Lingfield Park’s great racing and music events

A summer of great racing followed by a fusion of live music is on offer over eight separate dates at Lingfield Park Resort – with the first event certain to appeal to would-be rock stars.

Sunny raceday at Lingfield Park : Photo:Arena Racing Corporation Ltd

As the horses are led away to the stables for the night on Saturday June 1, visitors to the Surrey racecourse will be invited to celebrate all things ‘Queen’ as a live tribute band takes to the stage for a giant Bohemian Rhapsody-themed Massaoke.

“This is taking the concept of singing along at a gig to a whole new level,” commented Kieran Gallagher, executive director of Lingfield Park Resort.

“As the band sing and play all the best Queen hits on the stage, a giant screen will show the lyrics to the song, allowing the audience to be a complete part of the show.

“This is karaoke at its best!”

The stage for the summer gigs – all which follow an evening of racing – will this year be on the Grandstand side of the racecourse, allowing more people than ever to enjoy the live themed entertainment.

Just a week after the giant sing-along, JD King’s Elvis The Legend and his big band will take to the stage at the racecourse on June 8.  This Viva Las Vegas-themed night will appeal to all Elvis fans as one of his most popular impersonators brings to life some magic from Memphis.

With a sell-out Madness show on June 22,  the mood will change for the final Saturday on June 29 when the popular Take That Experience – regulars at Lingfield Park – entertain the race-goers.

A Lingfield Park capacity concert
Photo: Arena Racing Corporation

“We have tried to choose acts that appeal to our hugely eclectic audience,’ added Kieran Gallagher.  ‘Whether your choice of music is rock, pop or the real thing, we have something for everyone at Lingfield this summer.”

August sees a night to celebrate the roaring 1920’s as Gentlemen’s Day features the legendary Cheaky Blinders taking to the stage after racing. With a Best-Dressed Gents competition offering great prizes, this is sure to be a night to ‘Get you glad rags on’!

Jess Glynne will be increasing the tempo on August 10, with tickets selling out fast for this four-time Brit nominee star.

The season will end on August 31 with a fun School Reunion night featuring a 90’s Revival band. Dig out those school ties and pleated skirts and celebrate the sounds of Madonna, Whitney Houston and U2 as you take a trip down memory lane.

Tickets for all the live events are available from the Lingfield Park Resort website: https://www.lingfieldpark.co.uk or by calling the office on 01342 834800 (option 1).

Save £5 with advance purchase tickets.

Plumpton Charity Raceday 2019

Plumpton Racecourse has announced that it will be hosting its traditional Charity Raceday at on October 21 this year.

For the first time it will support the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. Bob’s connection with racing and, in particular, his links to Plumpton where he rode his first career winner in 1968 on Altercation, make the track a good selection a for this occasion.

Bob Champion MBE said: “Plumpton is one of my favourite courses and I was lucky enough to ride for Isidore Kerman and he certainly had some great horses. I have always enjoyed visiting the course over the years.

“This Charity Raceday will be something special and I am thrilled that it is benefiting the Trust. Our researchers are achieving great results – you never know we may even be able to make a research announcement on the day!

Bob Champion

“I’m really looking forward to it and hope many racegoers will join us on the day.”

The day will aim to build on previous years’ charity raceday successes, when more than £70,000 has been raised on the day in the past for charity Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, which plays a vital role in retraining ex-racehorses for lives outside racing.

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust  is another extremely worthwhile charity, which plays an important role in raising funds to support cancer research programmes at the
University of East Anglia and the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Surrey.

To date more than £15 million has been raised for this worthy cause. This event supporting the trust at Plumpton promises to make this raceday another memorable
day, boosting funds for cancer research even further.

Tables of 10 or 12 are available with tickets at £95 per person, which includes racecourse entry, drinks reception,a three course lunch followed by afternoon tea.

Shetland pony racing on a previous charity day at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Traditional Shetland Pony Race will take place before racing and sponsorship of the ponies, together with many other opportunities to contribute to the day, are available by
contacting Lucy Wilkinson on lucy@bobchampion.org.uk or visit www.bobchampion.org.uk or call the office on 0207 924 3553.

Any inquiries re tickets or the event generally, can be made via racing@plumptonracecourse.co.uk or on 01273 890393.

Goodwood’s opening meeting attracted good crowd

Goodwood Racecourse welcomed more than 10,500 racegoers to  the start of its 2019 season on Saturday ( May 7).
Impressive investment over the winter months was well received with guests enjoying The Kitchen, and revamped coffee outlets inside the Richmond and Gordon Enclosures. New undercover betting facilities were a hive of activity, and the state-of-the-art big screen meant that racegoers in the Lennox Enclosure enjoyed the perfect vantage point
to witness racing action relayed from across The Downs.
The turf played host to an exhilarating afternoon of racing with local trainers and jockeys showcasing their talents. The eight-race card began with The Double Trigger Handicap Stakes, where the local challenge looked strong with the favourite Cristal Spirit trained at Chiddingfold by George Baker and bred by Meon Valley.
However, it was Horsham trainer Gary Moore whose runner, Rydan, landed the race. Held up in midfield, he travelled strongly into the home straight before hitting the front inside the final furlong to beat long-time leader Berrahri.

Goodwood’s opening meeting of the season attracted a huge crowd
Photo: Goodwood Racecourse

Brighton-born jockey Jason Watson maintained a good rapport with his local track when successful on Dominus for Brian Meehan in The Sussex Roof Garden Novice Stakes.
Victorious in the Stewards Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2018, he commented; “I have a close affinity with the track, it’s one of my favourite racecourses to ride and a real family day out for me.” Now closely associated with Roger Charlton he looks like a jockey to follow for the 2019 flat season.
The two Listed contests attracted high-quality fields. The first, The Unibet EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes, provided a second win in the race for John Gosden when Enbihaar prevailed. In a race run to suit, the lightly raced 11-4 shot finished strongly under Dane O’Neil to beat favourite Klassique, with the two fillies going more than four lengths clear of the field.
The subsequent Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes saw the William Haggas trained Awesometank bounce back to form following a below-par run at the end of last season.
Shane Kelly rode a back-to-back double on the card when Kimifive won The Unibet Handicap Stakes. Run over 7 furlongs, the flashy chestnut showed a good turn of foot. Then Puds, trained at Lambourn by Richard Hughes  followed up with another victory for this jockey in the five furlong race, winning by a very short head from Just Glamorous in The Farmer, Butcher, Chef Handicap Stakes.f
Richard Hughes commented: “We held him up today and it worked a treat, the plan is now to go to Sweden for a Listed 6f race at Malmo in mid-May”.
There were plenty of chances inside the last furlong in both divisions of The Long View Handicap Stakes. Dreamweaver came out on top in Division One for young trainer Ed Walker, the dam of the winner, Livia’s Dream, was Ed’s first winner as a trainer.
Favourite Takumi, trained by Roger Varian, didn’t have it all his way in Division Two but he knuckled down to secure the win over Htilominlo.
Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend. We now look forward to the May Festival which takes place from May 23-25. Our Food Market will invite guests to sample and shop an array of locally-sourced food and drink, while top chefs will host a number of culinary displays.”
Tickets can be purchased for Goodwoods May Festival from £20 in advance and children under 18 go free in all enclosures.
Please call 01243 216610 or visit Goodwood.com for tickets, hospitality and further information.

Ladies Day at Plumpton Racecourse

Plumpton Racecourse is ready to set the summer off in style with Ladies Day on Sunday May 12.

This will be a day for the whole family too, with plenty of entertainment going on. There will be a fun fair, live music, a petting zoo, a photo flower wall, a Pimms, Prosecco & Gin Fizz cocktail bar, BBQ, picnic enclosure bar, hospitality and restaurant option.

Don’t miss Plumpton’s Ladies Day

To make the day even more special, why not sample Plumpton’s top-notch hospitality? Availability is limited but there is still an opportunity to have a hospitality box and there are just a few tables left in the Paddock and Marquee Restaurant from just £70pp. To book please call 01273 890383.

Remember that children go free aged 18 and under, if accompanied by an adult.

This popular raceday will  feature  seven races worth more than £50k PLUS  much more.

Competitive racing at Plumpton

You can expect quality and competitive jump racing with good views throughout of horses tackling both hurdles and fences during the afternoon. And there is the chance to see them parade in the paddock before racing- as well as in the Winner’s Enclosure afterwards.

Mystic Dreamer on show at Downs Stables

An owners’ gathering at historic Downs Stables, Findon, will mark the end of the current jumps season for trainer Nick Gifford and his successful team tomorrow.

It also offered the opportunity to see Mares Bumper winner, Mystic Dreamer, one of two horses running under the banner of the Nick Gifford Racing Club. The event was marked by homemade cakes, nibbles and fizz, with a walk up on to the famous Findon gallops to see the horses.

The two horses run for racing club members , who pay just £38 plus VAT per week plus initial joining fee. A few membership spaces are still available.

Mares Bumper Winner,  Mystic Dreamer, is one of to horses running for the Nick Gifford Racing Club. Membership is  just £38 plus VAT per week plus joining fee.  There a few places still available with the two horses for members, marked by the owners’ gathering.

 

Bumper winner Mystic Dreamer will be on display at Downs Stables Photo: Nick Gifford Racing

Various syndicate options are available with the Racing Club while a stunning four-year-old Yeats gelding,  is also for sale, and is ready to run.

Atzeni to miss Guineas meeting

Jockey Andrea Atzeni cannot ride at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket next weekend after his appeal against a six-day ban was rejected.

The 28-year-old jockey was banned by stewards after they found him guilty of using the whip on four occasions in the wrong place aboard the Alan King-trained Beringer, when  winning a mile handicap at the Craven meeting.

Jockey Andrea Atzini
Photo: John Simpson

The appeal, held at BHA headquarters in London on Friday, was heard by a disciplinary panel which was shown video evidence of the four whip strikes which occurred in the closing stages of the race.

BHA interim head of regulation Andrew Howell presented the regulator’s case, using video evidence to identify the four offending strikes, all of which occurred inside the final two furlongs.

He argued that strikes four, five, six and seven were not on the horse’s quarters and that the jockey’s arm was not extended and the whip could be seen running down the back of the runner’s number cloth.

“While accepting the charge of improper use of the whip, Atzeni, who was represented in his appeal against the severity of the penalty by solicitor Rory Mac Neice, sought a ‘proportional’ two-day reduction to the ban on the grounds he was trying to correct the four-year-old from hanging left and it was only by accident that he made contact with the winner’s midriff.

Following a 30-minute deliberation, the panel, while accepting Atzeni’s mitigations, found in favour of the raceday stewards’ and upheld the six-day punishment. The rider misses rides from May 2-7 which includes the Guineas weekend.

 

Goodwood’s opening fixture

Goodwood’s Opening fixture comes under starters orders on May 4 for an exciting afternoon of high-quality racing, food, drink, and entertainment.

Top class racing at Goodwood again this season

The races include two valuable Listed contests; the Daisy Warwick Stakes and The Conqueror Stakes, both of which are likely to attract some exciting fillies and mares aiming to get their seasons off to a winning start.

During the winter months, much investment has taken place at the racecourse. The inside of the March Grandstand has seen further redevelopment, creating a superb new betting facility and two new cafés.

Delicious Dogs, located in the Sussex Stand will offer racegoers a fabulous array of handmade pizzas. While the Richmond Enclosure boasts a beautiful new hospitality space in Long View which provides enchanting views across the racecourse and will be open in time for the May Festival.

Goodwood is excited to introduce its new ECO-Cup, helping forge a path towards eradicating disposables.

The season ahead will see a refundable £1 deposit taken when any beer, lager or ale is consumed, with a clean cup offered for each beverage thereafter.

During the 2018 season, more than 300,000 pints and half pints were served in plastic cups owing to sizeable levels of plastic being disposed of.

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, commented; “Sustainability has been at the core of our thinking here at Goodwood over several years, and as we move into the 2019 flat season, we will be taking bigger steps towards lessening our impact on the environment.

“In essence, I want to make sure that our actions today preserve that famous and breath-taking view for future generations.”

He added: “Opening Saturday is a real family day out complemented by the high-class racing. With a children’s play area for the little ones, whether you are passionate about horse racing or want a really good afternoon out, Goodwood Racecourse is a fantastic place to come.”

Tickets can be purchased from only £12 in advance and children under 18 go free in all enclosures. Please call 01243 216610 or visit goodwood.com for tickets, hospitality, and further information.

Jump racing at Plumpton today

Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good track record at Plumpton,  and Golden Cannon, which runs at today’s meeting, ridden by Marc Goldstein, seems to enjoy Plumpton, having won there previously.

Golden Cannon lines up in the Harry And Betty Savill Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong, ridden as usual by Marc Goldstein- and is currently priced at 6-1.

Golden Cannon with trainer Sheena West and jockey Marc Goldstein Photo: John Simpson

 Sheen West also saddles up course winner Sixties Secret, a four-year-old, in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, where the favourite is 3-1 shot Our Rockstar, ridden for trainer Alastair Ralph by jockey Lee Edwards.

Sixties Secret is likely to be sent off at 16-1, while 3-1 favourite Our Rockstar comes to the race from a victory at Stratford in March.
The combination of Tom Cannon and trainer Chris Gordon should be back in winning form with course and distance winner The Tin Miner likely to be sent off as favourite in the three mile one furlong handicap hurdle of the day.

                                                                                                                                            The final race sees a match between 10/11shot  Darebin , trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Jamie, and evens favourite King Cnut, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon.

 

 

 

Plumpton Easter Festival

Have you got your tickets for the Easter Festival at Plumpton? Come and enjoy the sunshine with a day at the races!

The Easter Festival is the pinnacle of the season for Plumpton, a two- day bonanza on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.With more than £200k worth of prize money up for grabs, featuring the Core Spreads Sussex Champion Hurdle (Sunday) and Sussex Champion Chase (Monday), both worth £50k, ensuring that some quality horses will be on show.It is day for the whole family with entertainment for all.

There will be a Fun Fair, Easter Egg Giveaway ( for the first 250 children through the gates each day), Derby Horse Hoppers, Face Painting, Static Falconry Display, Mini Golf, Beat the Keeper, Live Music, Hospitality & Restaurant options PLUS so much more.

There will also be an equicizer for children and adults to have a go on Easter Sunday in the Marquee in the picnic enclosure. See what it takes to be a jockey!

On each day there is space in our Marquee restaurant. In the Marquee enjoy a three-course set menu, welcome drink, table for day, racecard and admission opposite the final fence for just £70pp. To book please call 01273 890383.

Tickets start at just £13 when bought in advance.Advance tickets close midnight Friday April 19 for Easter Sunday, and midnight Saturday 20 for Easter Monday. go racing free (18 or under) if accompanied by an adult.

Competitive Easter racing at Plumpton.

Plumpton doubles for two trainers

At the recent Sussex Raceday,  Plumpton welcomed  back racegoers for racing after a three week break. The focus on the day was everything Sussex including food drinks, crafts, wildlife and more.

It was a day for local trainers with doubles for Gary Moore and Zoe Davison, and five other Sussex trainer securing wins.

Finnegans Garden started the day off well for Zoe Davison and jockey Page Fuller winning the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Steeplechase after pulling clear from the last fence.

Zanzi Well, was a six lengths winner of the Hepworth Saxon Maiden Hurdle under a good ride from Gavin Sheehan for trainer Harry Whittington, following a strong run all the way round.

Trainer Gary Moore had gone 42 runners at Plumpton without a winner,  but this barren spell ended when he sent out It’s Got Legs, ridden by Jamie Moore to win the handicap hurdle, pulling clear from Mellow Ben to win.

It’s Got Legs going on to win for Gary Moore

 

A double quickly followed for Gary Moore when he won the handicap hurdle with a six length win by Age of Wisdom  beating Bazarov by six lengths. It ended his drought with no winners since November 19.

There was a double for trainer Zoe Davison and rider Page Fuller when they teamed up with grey Brother Bennett to win the Handicap Chase over two miles and four furlongs  for the second consecutive year. They came home clear by nine lengths of Champion Chase trained by Martin Bosley.

Strike The Flint coming home to win
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

The final race of the day, a National Hunt Flat Rave, went to Lewes trainer Suzy Smith when she sent out 9-4 favourite Strike The Flint, ridden by Gavin Sheehan.