Southwell Racecourse is counting down to one of the biggest days in its long history - and you can be a part of the celebrations.
This Saturday (9th November) marks 30 years of All-Weather racing at the Rolleston track, and there is certain to be a party atmosphere at the landmark fixture.
Tickets are still available for the Irish Night, which not only features a seven-race card under the spectacular new floodlights but also live music after racing from The Wild Murphys.
There will also be a parade of equine stars who have graced the Fibresand over the years, including 15-times winner General Tufto and Crosse Fire, who has won 13 times at the track where he is still in training with resident handler Scott Dixon.
Mark Clayton, executive director at Southwell, says: “Our Fibresand track is the longest-serving All-Weather surface in the country and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievement with a special race night.”
The celebration of three decades of Fibresand action begins the previous night with a fundraising dinner featuring racing personalities Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson and Bob Champion.
The evening will support Bob’s Cancer Trust which has so far raised over £15 million and will feature stories from his glittering career as a jump jockey, including his fairytale Grand National win on Aldaniti in the Eighties - months after he had beaten cancer himself.
The first winner on the All-Weather at Southwell, Crystal Pool, was ridden by then apprentice Frankie Dettori, who has donated a signed pair of riding goggles for the auction.
Tickets for the dinner are still available at £40 each (£400 for a table of 10) while Irish Night admission can be obtained from just £10 in advance and £18 on the day. Contact the Racecourse on 01636 814481 or on line at southwell-racecourse.co.uk for details.