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One-to-one on Newcomers’ Day at Wincanton Racecourse

Monday 23 December 2019, 20:47
By Lucy Johnson

Spectators at Wincanton Racecourse

Newcomers to the sport of horse racing will have a dedicated member of Wincanton’s team to accompany them throughout the day, to help demystify the ins and outs of a day at the races on its Newcomers’ Day on 4th January 2020.

From explaining the minutiae of the racecard and what goes on behind the scenes in the weighing room, to understanding the day-to-day life of jockeys, the horses that make up the sport and how they are trained to race, it will be an all-encompassing day that promises to enlighten, enthrall, and garner new interest for a sport that is as social as it is entertaining.

On Newcomers’ Day there’s also the chance to take part in a walk around the track with clerk of the course, Dan Cooper, and embark on a trip to the start, as well as jump on an equicisor that will be in the “all you need to know zone” hosted by former jockey Mark Wall, where you’ll also be able to get answers to all those questions you’ve wanted to ask about racing.

“To come racing for the day can seem quite intimidating, but its one of the friendliest sports there is, and a really great day out, because whether you are racing alone, or attending with family and friends, there is always something to talk about – the horses.

“Also, we want to use it as an opportunity to explain about the whole system of racing, from how horses start off their racing life, to the many retraining of racehorse programmes available that enable horses to enjoy another career once they have retired.”

“We’ll have someone on-hand throughout the meeting, which is perfect if you’re new to racing. It’s a one-off, and the only day we do this, so we hope people will jump on-board and learn about horse racing.”

 - Huw Williams, Wincanton Racecourse General Manager

Under-18s go for FREE, with a full-paying adult. Two pre-booked grandstand enclosure tickets for the meeting cost just £30. The first race is off at 12:30pm, the last at 3:50pm, with gates opening at 10:30am.

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