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Free day at the races for students

Students are being offered free entry to top-class Flat racing over the “Weekend of Champions” later this year (17-18 October).

The racing action includes six Group One races across Dubai future champions day at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile (17 October), and QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on (18 October).

The Ascot student day is sponsored by Sheikh Fahad al Thani of QIPCO Holding, whose passion for racing started when he was a student in London.

“It is important that British racing is proactive in introducing more young people to this wonderful sport,” he said.

The first 2,000 students to apply will be given free tickets.

This year’s initiative follows on from last year’s inaugural National Student Raceday.

Sophie Jenkins, a recent graduate from Nottingham University, attended the National Student Raceday 2013.

“Last year was a lot of fun and many of the students who attended had never been racing before,” she said. “To be offered the chance to attend the Weekend of Champions completely free is amazing, and I am sure that even more will go this year.”

For tickets for the Ascot meeting, visit the website and use the promotional code STUDENTSBCD.

Students will only be able to register for one ticket and will only be granted admission with a valid photo student ID.

To apply for up to four tickets to the Dubai Future Champions day, go to the Newmarket racecourse website and use the promotional code STUDENT14.

Amy Starkey, from the Jockey Club said: “We recognise that many people start their passion for racing at a young age and believe that the quality of the racing on offer will be a perfect introduction to our sport.”

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