Day of racing dedicated to newcomers

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  • People keen to get into racing will have the opportunity to do so, as an entire day of racing is dedicated to newcomers.

    On Saturday 20 April at Newbury racecourse, racegoers will be able to have a go at riding a finish with a jockey, try commentating, learn all about betting and meet a racehorse.

    The day marks the racecourse’s first Flat fixture of the season and features the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials. This new venture is part of the Inside Track campaign, launched by the racecourse to introduce more people to the sport, and will combine top quality racing with an array of masterclasses in racing and betting.

    Specially designed zones will be set up to explain different aspects of racing. In the “Betting Zone”, a demo bookmakers pitch will be set up and friendly betting buddies will be on hand to guide punters through the betting ring.

    In the “Horse Zone”, racegoers will get the chance to meet a racehorse, while in the “Jockey Zone” they will be able ride a race finish with a jockey, and try commentating a simulated race.

    Newbury’s Stephen Higgins said: “We’re particularly proud of the efforts we make to welcome first time racegoers at Newbury and help inform them about the racing and betting in an interesting way.”

    At the new Inside Track booth, staff will be on hand to answer any questions, and a racegoers’ guide will give useful tips on how to enjoy a day at the races. You can also go behind the scenes with tours to the start, saddling boxes and weighing room.

    Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1.15pm, and ticket prices start from £16. Stephen Higgins added:  “For anyone wondering what a day’s racing is all about, then this should be the perfect day with fantastic racing too.”

    For more information visit: www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk

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