THE BEST trainers and jockeys from across the country are set to descend on Warwick Racecourse next week for the Betfred Classic Chase Day.
Warwick Racecourse’s richest raceday of the year will attract many stars of the future on January 16 when prize money will be close to £150,000.
Channel 4’s cameras will be present as it is the country’s top meeting of the day and marks another step in the course’s ambition of being one of the best small jumps tracks in the country.
“This is one of the most exciting fixtures in our calendar and a fantastic way to get racing at Warwick underway in 2016,” said general manager Andre Klein, who is heading the new-look racecourse.
“The quality of the racing and level of prize money at this meeting will attract some very good horses including some who could go on to be household names at the biggest races later in the season including the Crabbie’s Grand National.
“Since becoming an all-jumps course in 2014, building a strong following in the local community as well as attracting racing fans from across the country has always been a key focus for us.
“With tickets for all meetings in 2016 available for just £10 in advance we’re able to offer a really good value day out and we look forward to welcoming racing fans new and old to the course in the year ahead.”
All the races are expected to draw big competitive fields, but there is no question that the main races of the afternoon are the Betfred Classic Chase and the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.
Previous winners of the Betfred Classic Chase include the dual Rehearsal Chase winner Hey Big Spender, the Grand National Trial winner Rigadin de Beauchene and West End Rocker who went on to win the Becher Chase at Aintree.
It is a race that throws up some of the strongest staying steeplechasers in the game and there is eager anticipation that a similar level of quality will be on show this year.
Meanwhile, the quality of the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle is unquestionable.
Cheltenham Festival hero Inglis Drever, who won the World Hurdle in 2005, 2007 and 2008, won this Warwick feature race in 2004. Another horse of note to land in the winner’s circle in recent times is the popular The New One, who has an impressive CV that includes the Aintree Hurdle and two International Hurdles.
Klein added: “We’re working on several new promotional initiatives as part of our aim to make Warwick the best small jumps track in the country and we look forward to sharing these exciting plans with racegoers shortly.”
Tickets to the main enclosure are available in advance at £10 until January 12, £15 from January 13 to midnight on January 15, and £20 on the day.
The first race will be at 12.40pm and the last will run at 4.10pm. Gates will open at 10.45am. All ticket and advance booking information is available at www.warwickracecourse.co.uk