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Cambridgeshire racecourse set for Boxing Day races

Author: Marius West Published: 26th December 2017 07:01

 Huntingdon Racecourse

Cambridgeshire racecourse set for Boxing Day races

Huntingdon Racecourse is already getting in the festive mood for its most popular jump racing occasion of the year, its Boxing Day meeting sponsored by Cambridgeshire-based Boongate Kia.

Every year at Christmas time, over 6,000 people descend on the Cambridgeshire track with friends and family for a traditional sporting day out.

Tickets for the big day are on sale - and valuable discounts are available.

The Boxing Day fixture, with seven races starting at 12.10pm, is one that can be enjoyed by all ages, especially the youngsters as there will be lots of fun inflatables for children to enjoy, not forgetting that accompanied kids get complimentary admission and all the entertainment for them is free too.

The new sponsorship by Boongate Kia further strengthens the company's commercial links with the racecourse.

Andy O'Shea, Sales Manager, Boongate Kia, said:

"Boongate Kia has a strong relationship with Huntingdon Racecourse, having been the doctor's and vet's track vehicle sponsor at the venue for several years. We are delighted to be sponsoring the big Boxing Day meeting which attracts the largest attendance of the year."

A Boxing Day ‘family package', bought in advance, provides two adult general admission tickets, up to four children's entries, two sweet bag vouchers and one race-card - all for just £33.

Advance purchase of adult tickets for the Main Enclosure is £18 (£22 on the day). The Picnic Enclosure will also be open and tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the day.

Tickets can be purchased at http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk or on 0844 579 3007. Young adults aged 18 to 24 years can also get half price entry by registering with The Jockey Club's RacePass18to24.co.uk.

Liam Johnson, General Manager, Huntingdon Racecourse, said:

"Boxing Day horse racing at Huntingdon Racecourse is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. 26th December is always a very affordable festive day out for families over Christmas. We are thrilled to be working in partnership on the meeting with our friends at Boongate Kia.

"I would recommend people to set off in plenty of time to get to the racecourse on Boxing Day. The racecourse is clearly signed, with a number of routes in place and we urge all visitors to follow them and to get here early."

The gates of the racecourse will be open from 10.10am when the fun begins for a first race time of 12.10pm. The finale is at 3.35pm.

Guide to Boxing Day horse racing

So, what should visitors know before they set out and as they arrive at the racecourse?

Set off early: The entrance gates will be open from 10.10am. The sooner people arrive, the less time they might spend in traffic.

What to wear: Dress for the weather - warm is best! People move around the racecourse quite a bit, so put on comfortable shoes.

How much does it cost?: Tickets are on sale at http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk, starting from £18 in advance for the Main Enclosure and £10 in advance for the Picnic Enclosure. Accompanied children aged 17 years and under are admitted free of charge - and it's half-price entry for young adults aged between 18 and 24 years who register at RacePass18to24.co.uk.

Parking: All parking is free.

Food and drink: Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic into the car parks and Picnic Enclosure, but food and drink cannot be brought into the Main Enclosure. There are numerous concession outlets available.

The racecard: The official racecard is invaluable. The silks worn by the jockeys are displayed in colour. The racecard shows the recent record of each horse running, the weight the horse will carry in the race, and the name of the jockey and trainer.

Betting: People put their money on with the bookmakers or with the Tote. They ‘take a price' with a bookmaker at the time when they put your money on, whereas with the Tote the bet goes into a pool, with the winnings decided after the race.

Choosing a horse to back: Visitors can watch the horses in the parade ring. They read the form - or just choose their favourite jockey or a horse whose name they like or whose rider is wearing their favourite colour. After all, it's just a bit of fun.

The races: Now watch the races from the grandstands and cheer the winners as they come back into the winners' enclosure.

Online: More information can be found at http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk or by calling the racecourse on 01480 453373.

 

 

 

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