Cheltenham Racecourse today confirmed the details of its first Season Preview day, to be held this Sunday, October 4, with free entry for all. There will be a variety of attractions and opportunities to see behind the scenes aimed at both existing and potential new racegoers. Two champions of the past will be parading, in the shape of Grand National winner Bindaree and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Master Oats. There will also be the opportunity for visitors (or at least those weighing in at 12 stone or less!) to ride into the famous winners enclosure, courtesy of some of the horses from the Cotswold branch of Riding for the Disabled, which is based at the racecourse. There may also be a surprise racing celebrity or two on hand.
Cheltenhams Managing Director, Edward Gillespie said: We are always keen to try new initiatives, and we thought it was a good idea this year to give those who might want to try horseracing the chance to get a flavour of what will be happening here over the next seven months. In addition, Im sure that there will also be plenty of existing racegoers who will use this Season Preview day to take a closer look at areas that would normally be off-limits. Hopefully a significant proportion of those who attend on Sunday will be interested enough to come back for one or more of our racedays in 2009/10.
The forthcoming seasons fixtures will be highlighted, with chances throughout the afternoon to win tickets for The Showcase on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17; indeed the first 20 people through the gates will be given a free ticket for this meeting. Membership, dining, and Christmas Party nights will be promoted, along with Cheltenham Racing Club, our racehorse ownership group.
There will be the chance to see inside the weighing room, the Stewards room, the saddling boxes and a horse ambulance, see how a fence is built and look at what happens in the dope testing unit. Racing from Longchamp will also be shown for those who want to keep an eye on the days major flat racing action.