NEWCASTLE Racecourse has long been one of racing’s premier sporting venues and over recent years, its facilities have been improved to ensure an even greater racing experience.
This has meant increased attendances as it has taken advantage of the sport’s growing popularity. Racing is the second most watched spectator sport in the UK after football, and is attracting a younger audience and more women and families and with free entry for children.
Now Newcastle’s racing calendar has 30 meetings in 2008, many designed to meet the increased demand for summer racing, the highlight of which is the three-day John Smith’s Northumberland Plate Festival in June
This is followed, a month later, by The Allied Irish Beeswing Ladies’ Day, which provides another great North-East fashion highlight.
The Jumps Season, which runs from November to March, sees the famous WBX.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle in December, the highlight of the Jumps Season and a particular attraction for racing enthusiasts from outside the region. In February, the course hosts the totesport Eider meeting, a four-mile endurance test over jumps where punters have an opportunity to watch potential Grand National runners in action.
March hosts the Guinness St Patrick’s Raceday, with Guinness flowing and a Celtic atmosphere that pervades the whole day.
Executive director David Williamson said: “We have a number of great race meetings which have historical attachments to them such as The Pitmen’s Derby and The Blaydon Races and in 2008 we have increased our summer racing calendar to include three evening meetings in May and June. These meetings will each have a unique theme such as a Family BBQ in May and Proms in the Park in June.
“People enjoy themselves at our meetings whether they are regular punters or relative novices, young or old, male or female – racing at Newcastle is an experience not to be missed’’
For further details on forthcoming Fixtures for 2007 and 2008 please contact the Racecourse Office on (0191) 236-2020 or visit www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk