Racing and tasting at Newbury Racecourse
May 18, 2012
Some of the best ways to spend a thoroughly British day out will be packed on to Newbury Racecourse tomorrow.
The Best of British Beer Festival will be running alongside flat season highlight the £175,000 Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes.
West Berkshire Brewery will be the official beer provider and a wide selection of local beers, ales and ciders will be poured.
Frankel, the world’s highest-rated racecourse, is on the racecard for the 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes along with Excelebration and five horses from the Godolphin stable.
There will be a Jubilee Gallery in the Premier Enclosure hung with more than 50 pictures representing the Queen’s life-long involvement with the ‘sport of kings’.
The travelling exhibition has been produced by the Racing for Change project, which is taking a new look at the way racing is promoted.
Leading flat jockey Richard Hughes will launch his autobiography, ‘Weight Off My Mind’.
And as if all of that were not enough, retired celebrity racehorse Monsignor will make an appearance.
As Saturday is a big day for other sporting events, the downstairs area of the grandstand will become a ‘sports bar’ where all the action of the UEFA Champions League Final can be seen as well as the live horse racing.
The gates will open at Newbury at 11am, with the first race at 1.30pm and the last at 4.55pm.
Beer festival tastings will be from 11am until 6.30pm and entry is included in the raceday ticket – £20 for grandstand enclosure and £30 premier enclosure.
Under-18s will get in free and there will be a bouncy castle and facepainting to keep little ones happy. CAMRA members can buy a grandstand ticket for £10 – they should book in advance on 01635 40015, quoting their membership number.