Newmarket Racecourse celebrates local communities

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As part of ‘Celebrating East Anglia’ during the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting this week (September 26-28) Newmarket Racecourse is embracing its local communities.

Some of the finest thoroughbred racehorses in training will be on The Rowley Mile for three Group 1 races as well as the historic Betfred Cambridgeshire over one mile and one furlong which traces its roots back to the middle of the 19th Century.

The 22 races are worth over £1.25 million in prize-money which means the top training yards across Britain will have them in their sights.

The new Frankel Lounge will also be opening for the first time, a tribute to the best racehorse of recent years who was trained in Newmarket by the late Sir Henry Cecil and won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on the racecourse.

Local businesses and retailers – including The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel - will be selling their wares from stands on the racecourse’s Hyperion Lawn to showcase East Anglia’s success stories.

As well as fantastic sport over the three days, the racecourse is laying on an array of entertainment on the Family Fun Day – supported by Heart FM - on Saturday. The children’s activities are free of charge.

That includes a Harvest Festival – with most activities on the Hyperion Lawn; racecourse menus comprising local produce; cookery demonstrations by The House Collection; herbs from the racecourse’s own herb garden being donated to local charities; a mini farm and Bambi the miniature pony from Coach House; children’s Ferris wheel; two local choirs; and a band playing to entertain the crowds. Plus there will be Carrie the human statue, a stilt-walking scarecrow and farmer, giant inflatables and a circus whiz with an East Anglian-themed craft workshop and face painter.

Visitors are being encouraged to bring non-perishable gifts which will be donated to the Newmarket Day Centre.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Newmarket Racecourses is proud to be part of the community of East Anglia and we want to celebrate everything that is great about our region during the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting and especially on Betfred Cambridgeshire Saturday when the racing and family entertainment will be so good.”

Tickets and times

Discounts of up to 25 per cent are available for advance purchases of tickets which can be ordered at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or by calling 0844 579 3010. Two and three-day tickets are available at a discount. Accompanied children aged under 18 are admitted free of charge on all three days.

Friday – Shadwell Day

It’s a 1.40pm start, with the gates open at 11.40am. The major races are the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies’ Mile which, at more than £183,000 in prize-money, is the most valuable over the three days and the Group 2 Najef Joel Stakes which is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. On-the-day tickets: £25 (Premier Enclosure); £16 (Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure).

Saturday – Betfred Cambridgeshire Day

The big day starts at 2pm, with gates open at 12 noon. There are two Group 1 races – the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes and the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes – plus the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire and Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. On-the-day tickets: £40 (Premier Enclosure); £23 (Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure); £10 (Family Enclosure).