History will be made at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse on Wednesday 9 November, as the Racecourse hosts its first ever listed race. As part of the proceedings for the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Day for Emmaus Merseyside, the listed race; a Mares’ Novices’ Steeplechase race over two miles and one furlong, is sponsored by Yorton Stud and The Potter Group and holds a prize fund of £25,000.
In addition to the substantial prize fund, the winning mare will be awarded black type status, an accolade of distinction when put to stud for future generations of thoroughbreds. David Futter of Yorton Stud, sponsoring the momentous race said:
“It is great for the sport and also for Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse to be holding this Mares’ Listed Race for the first time. We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the race and hope it will help encourage more progressive mares to emerge at the top level.”
Six additional races make up the overall card of seven, including the 11th annual Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Memorial Handicap Steeple Chase, with a substantial prize fund of £26,000. The overall prize fund for the day of £92,000, makes it the most valuable fixture in Bangor-on-Dee’s history. Chairman Richard Aston said:
“We are thrilled to be hosting a new Listed Race at Bangor on Dee, The Yorton Stallions Mares’ Novices’ Steeplechase, a week today and delighted that the BHA have granted both the fixture and this milestone race. We see it as an endorsement of our ongoing varied commitment to the Thoroughbred National Hunt, breeding and racing scene.
“Here at Bangor-on-Dee, we have staged the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association National Hunt Foal Show for four years running. Inaugurated at Bangor-on-Dee, it is the only thoroughbred foal show in the country. We are proud to host it and believe it demonstrates our ongoing support of all things relating to jumps racing and thoroughbred breeding.”
In its 11th year, Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity provides sponsorship for the feature race of the day. In addition, a charity is nominated to benefit from the day. Previously nominated charities have included NSPCC, Racing Welfare and the Spinal Injuries Association. Emmaus Merseyside, a charity supporting homeless people on Merseyside, is the beneficiary this year. All funds raised from additional race sponsorships on the day, hospitality sales and a bucket collection will go to towards this worthy cause. Reflecting on the opportunity; Nigel Mellor of Emmaus Merseyside said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen by the Anne Duchess of Westminster's Charity as their nominated charity for this year’s race day at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. All the money raised from this event will enable us to support even more homeless people by providing them with a home, personal support, training and valuable work experience.”
To reflect the daylight saving hours, racing in the business end of the season will begin earlier in the remaining months of 2016. The first races starts at 12.50pm, whilst gates open at 10:30am. Tickets are still available to purchase and racing enthusiasts are encouraged not to miss out on this momentous day. Purchase in advance for a discount on tickets or on the gate on the day.Click here for more information and to book your tickets online. Alternatively, call the Box Office on 01978 780 323.