Monday, 28 May 2012

Let's Get Britain Racing

Worcester Racecourse is participating in a three-month campaign called Let’s Get Britain Racing. The campaign offers people the chance to come racing for just £10 and will also run at Worcester’s 16 sister racecourses around the country. Designed to encourage people who have never been racing to try it for the first time, as well as offering great value for money for existing racing fans, Let’s Get Britain Racing will see more than 100,000 tickets offered for £10 across England and Wales. 

Highlights of Worcester’s summer racing calendar include;

June 2012
  • Sunday 10th:- Countryside Family Day (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 20th - Senior Citizens Special Discount Package Day (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 27th 
July 2012
  • Wednesday 4th - Wednesday Club Corporate 'Independence Day' Networking Event (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 11th - Irish Night (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 18th - Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Race Night (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 25th (NH/Turf) 
  • Tuesday 31st - Pershore Plum Festival Family Race Night (NH/Turf) 
August 2012
  • Tuesday 21st - St John Ambulance Charity Race Night (NH/Turf) 
  • Wednesday 29th (NH/Turf) 
The £10 offer is only available online and in advance. For more information visit

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

First race down, 16 to go!

It was amazing to see just how much the ground had dried in such a short space of time, as the 69 horses contested the first 6 races of the new season at Worcester last week.

The story of the day was the seemingly easy victory of Sir Alex Ferguson’s I’m Fraam Goran in the concluding bumper, at the precise moment when his owner’s football team, Manchester United lost the premiership to Manchester City. The George Baker trained four year old saw off the challenges of Paul Nicholls’ fancied Easter day with jockey Connor O’Farrell needing to do nothing more than steering job to the line.

The newly established Jonjo O’Neill Racing Club had their first runner at the same meeting. Deed of Gift, having only his second outing, was previously placed fourth in a Southwell Racecourse bumper in February. The horse ran moderately and will certainly come on for the experience.

Local interest included Himbleton based William and Angela Rucker’s promising Tornado In Milan rallying well into second behind Philip Hobbs’ Reste Gosse in the maiden hurdle. The Ruckers also own recent Grand National runners State of Play and Cappa Bleu. Tornado In Milan’s form is promising and this will be another one to keep an eye on.

Claines trainer, Richard Newland, tells us that he has a good team lined up for the summer jumping campaign including Paddy the Hare, who was just pipped into second in a handicap hurdle at Southwell Racecourse in the week, following a few months break. 

Relishing the drying ground, Jolly Roger trained in Cropthorne by Tony Carroll, made it 2 from 2 at Uttoxeter in 6 days, staying on well to take the 2m handicap hurdle on Saturday.

Todays meeting at Worcester sees the first of five evening fixtures this summer and this one features the annual Hargreave Hale Stockbrokers hunters’ chase. This has great local significance as it is the only race we stage with the restrictive condition that all the horses entered must have qualified in the West Midlands point to point area, including Worcestershire and the adjacent counties. Amongst the entries for this year’s race is the Queen’s Barber’s Shop who is a former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner, trained by Nicky Henderson. Interestingly, Punchestown run their annual Bishop’s Court Cup at the April Festival meeting, which is confined to horses owned by farmers living in the surrounding county of Kildare. Such is the local importance attached to these kinds of races that Hexham have just been granted permission by the BHA to reschedule their Heart of All England Maiden hunters’ chase, a race with a history dating back to 1907, which was lost to waterlogging last week.

With a great evening’s racing in store and sunshine forecast, the gates open at 3.50 pm and the first race is due off at 5.50 pm.

Monday, 14 May 2012

What a difference a week makes!

Can you believe the first set of 6 pictures compared to the bottom pictures? Just over a week ago we had alot of water on the track. We all know how bad the weather had been over the past few weeks, and it looks as if the racecourse got the brunt of it! What a cracking job the estates team did to get the racecourse into such cracking condition!