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Somerset batsman will celebrate the return of racing to Wincanton

Monday 14 October 2019, 16:40
By Lucy Johnson

Marcus Trescothick, retiring Somerset and England cricketer, will be celebrating the return of racing to Wincanton

Wincanton Racecourse will be welcoming retiring England and Somerset cricketer Marcus Trescothick to the official opening meeting of its new season on Thursday 17th October, along with a number of his county team mates.

"I am very much looking forward to coming to Wincanton for the day where I am honoured that my career will be celebrated. It will be great to enjoy a relaxing day at the races and hopefully I might back a winner or two!”

 - Marcus Trescothick, retired Somerset and England cricketer

After 40,000 runs and 96 centuries across formats, Trescothick, aged 43, retired from cricket in September, and as part of his retirement celebrations he’ll enjoy a day at the races. Somerset closed their season on a high having won the Royal London One-Day Cup, and members of the team will be mingling with the crowds, talking about their season, and meeting racegoers.

“Marcus has undoubtedly had a fantastic career, and during that time, has become a household name. In Somerset he’s regarded as a hero and we’re delighted to welcome him and his team mates here as our guests on 17th October as part of his retirement celebrations, and our own celebrations for the start of the new season.

“We’ve had a five-month break from racing during which time we’ve made on-going improvements, when we look at ways we can improve what we offer here to give everyone a thoroughly enjoyable day at the races.

“The ground staff have also been hard at work on the course, to ensure the ground is in the best possible condition ahead of the new season, and several chase fences have been rebuilt, too. The track is looking fantastic, and with plenty of rain at present, we’re expecting near perfect going.”

 - Huw Williams, General Manager, Wincanton Racecourse

Last year, Wincanton Racecourse played a significant part in the preparation of several horses who became leading contenders for The Festival presented by Magners at Cheltenham Racecourse, and racegoers will be marking their cards for stars of the bigger stage.

Eleven-times-champion Paul Nicholls is a huge supporter of his local track and will run many horses, including those he hopes will be destined for big race success.

“I love having winners at Wincanton. It’s my local track, and we always have a lot of friends and supporters there, and this year we hope to have plenty of runners too.”

 - Paul Nicholls, local trainer

Gates open at noon with the first of seven races off at 2:10pm, featuring the Bruton Handicap Steeple Chase, which is a Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier.

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