Excitement is building to Huntingdon Racecourse’s fixture next Sunday with the possibility that it could be the scene of 18 times champion jockey Tony McCoy’s 4,000th career winner.
The 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year is in red hot form at the moment, recording no fewer than ten victories since last Thursday.
On Monday – when there was no racing in Britain due to the storms – he was just 11 winners short of the landmark on 3,989.
If he has a good midweek, including rides at Ffos Las and Carlisle Racecourses before Saturday’s big meeting at Wetherby Racecourse in Yorkshire, then he could be within striking distance for Sunday.
Bookmakers have been taking bets on which racecourse he will ride his 4,000th winner.
Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “Tony McCoy has been re-writing the record books over the last ten years or more, becoming the winning most jump racing jockey, then reaching 2,000 and then 3,000 winners. Now he’s not far short of 4,000. Fingers crossed, he has a successful week and he’s close to it before Huntingdon Racecourse’s fixture on Sunday.”
There is free children’s entertainment in the Main Enclosure on Sunday when it’s a Family Fun Day, including gladiator duels, a large bouncy castle and crazy golf. The first race is scheduled for 12.45pm. Gates open at 10.45am. Accompanied children aged years 17 and under get free admission.
A free behind-the-scenes tour starts at 11.15am at the Weighing Room.
There is an advance adult ticket offer of ‘buy one, get one half price’, by quoting ‘half’ at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk or calling the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3007.