Musselburgh’s New Yr’s Day racing heading for sell-out 

Racegoers urged get on the entrance foot or danger lacking out 

THE UK’S main racecourse is urging First Footers to get on the entrance foot in the event that they need to safe their place at one of the thrilling days on the Scottish horse racing calendar.  

Musselburgh Racecourse, lately named Champion Racecourse by its racing business friends, reviews that tickets are promoting quick for its Tote New Yr’s Day Assembly, signposting one other potential 6,000 sell-out occasion. 

The East Lothian observe is pulling out the stops to make 1 January a day to recollect with a Golden Ticket hunt that includes 24 high prizes, a Greatest Dressed Canine contest, and on the turf six thrilling jumps races with prize cash of over £100,000. 

Well-known for its trendy environment, this occasion additionally invitations New Yr Day revellers to decorate to impress and take part within the inaugural Model Awards hosted in partnership with Scottish style boutique, Tiger Lily Boutique. 

Aisling Johnston, Business Supervisor at Musselburgh Racecourse, stated: “We’re making this yr’s occasion the most important we’ve placed on but, with a bunch of thrilling competitions that might see some individuals win huge. 

“We’re enthusiastic about all the enjoyable facets of the day, resembling our best-dressed canine contest. I’m wanting ahead to seeing all of the imaginative and fantastic outfits that our company give you for his or her furry associates.  

“The Festive Luxe Domes have made a return this yr that are at all times a success, including an additional layer of festive enjoyable for racegoers who’re fortunate sufficient to bag one.  

“I do know everyone seems to be simply as excited as we’re to see everybody well-dressed and having the time of their lives as they kick off 2024 with us.” 

The New Yr’s Day fixture is likely one of the most prestigious in Musselburgh’s jumps calendar, attracting high horses, jockeys, and trainers alike, and boasting enormous prize cash to match. 

At £40,000, probably the most precious race on the cardboard is the ‘Auld Reekie’ Handicap Chase. 

Final yr’s winner was Minella Drama, ridden by champion jockey Brian Hughes and educated by Donald McCain.  

The £30,000 Hair of The Canine Handicap Hurdle, additionally over the same distance, was lately gained by Benson, educated by Sandy Thomson, ridden by Ryan Mania, and owned by Dundee United director Jimmy Fyffe. 

“First Footer” bus providers – which must be booked upfront – will ferry racegoers to and from the racecourse leaving from Penicuik, Dalkeith, Galashiels, Gorebridge, Dunbar, Haddington, and Edinburgh, guaranteeing simple transport to and from the East Lothian venue. 

Moreover, attendees can expertise the colourful Highland Fling Marquee, with Scotland’s famend ceilidh band, ‘Kilter’, delivering an electrifying efficiency to maintain the vitality excessive all through the day. 

Aisling added: “This yr our Golden Ticket hunt will return, and we’ll offer 24 hidden prizes across the venue. Those that come right down to the racecourse may have the possibility to win some incredible prizes. 

“We’ve been blown away by the response to the occasion up to now and I’d urge anybody who’s contemplating attending to seize tickets whilst you can and convey your loved ones and associates too as it will likely be a incredible day.” 

Racegoers can get pleasure from a choice of Scotland’s most interesting road meals, together with choices from Bonnie Burrito, Cheese on Coast, and particular boozy sizzling goodies.  

Grownup tickets are priced at £40 when booked on-line?upfront, and entry is free for kids aged 17 and below when accompanied by an grownup. Gates open at 10.30 am, the primary race is at 12.35 pm and the final race at 3.30 pm (topic to vary) extra data is offered right here: 

These planning on attending the Tote New Yr’s Day Assembly are inspired to e-book their tickets shortly to keep away from disappointment. To get a £5 low cost per individual, bookings should be made earlier than midnight on December thirty first.  

Musselburgh hosts 25 race days yearly and its ‘Sensational 6’ key race days embrace New Yr’s Day, the bet365 Scottish Cheltenham Trials Weekend, Easter Saturday, The Edinburgh Cup, Girls Day, and The Summer time Finale weekend. 

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