Two Grand National-winning trainers are targeting horses at the inaugural Boongate Kia Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon Racecourse on Saturday.
The three and three-quarter mile race is the longest run at the Cambridgeshire jump racing track during the year and is the feature contest on the first ever Winter Ladies’ Day when the best dressed lady will win a Kia Rio car for a year.
Sue Smith, who sent out Auroras Encore to win the world’s greatest steeple chase at Aintree Racecourse in April, has entered Twice Lucky, while Nigel Twiston-Davies, who has twice saddled the Grand National winner, has entered Rhum.
Another interesting horse among the 12 entries made today is the 2012 Lincolnshire National winner Soudain, who enjoyed victory at Market Rasen Racecourse last Boxing Day and was most recently third in the Highland National at Britain’s most northerly racecourse at Perth in Scotland.
A further Grand National connection is entrant Pyjama Game, trained by Rose Dobbin, the wife of former jockey Tony Dobbin who won the 1997 Grand National on Lord Gyllene, a race infamously delayed by 48 hours because of a bomb alert at the racecourse.
The most senior horse in the race is 13-year-old Desperate Dex who will be seeking a hat-trick of career wins at the Cambridgeshire racecourse.
Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “Our new Winter Ladies’ Day will be a tremendously exciting occasion with all the warm fashions for the winter on show. We have the anticipation of the first ever Cambridgeshire National horse race and – with a variety of connections to Aintree’s famous race - there is a real ‘National’ feel to the new feature event.
“The icing on the cake is our sponsor, Boongate Kia of Peterborough, giving the lady chosen as the best dressed on the day a Kia Rio car for a year.”
The fixture is Huntingdon Racecourse’s only Saturday meeting of 2013. It is the start of a superb few weeks of racing at the Cambridgeshire track – including the running of the £60,000 Grade 2 Betfred Peterborough Chase on Thursday, 12 December and Boxing Day racing.
Tickets booked in advance for racing days at Huntingdon Racecourse are discounted by ten per cent at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk or on the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3007. Main Enclosure tickets are £13.50 in advance (£18 on Boxing Day), while accompanied children aged 17 and under are always admitted free of charge to the racecourse. Students receive 33% discount when booking online.