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Thursday, April 19, 2007


Lingfield Park is top of the pops in the entertainment stakes this summer with a host of chart-topping acts and celebrity performers serenading racegoers at after racing concerts.

Hopefully there won’t be too many broken hearts when Jason Donovan, star of I’m A Celebrity-Get Me Out of Here and Neighbours, turns back the clock and gives his fans at least ten good reasons to attend Ladies Night on Saturday, July 21.

Lingfield Park’s summer concerts get under way with former Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley, who will be performing hits such as “Gold” and “True” after racing on Saturday, June 9.

Saturday, June 16, promises to be a real boogie night as disco funk masters Heatwave bring their retro dance grooves to Surrey, while the following Saturday, June 23, 1980s pop duo Go West will take the stage.

The one and only Chesney Hawkes, number one selling singer and star of Channel 4's The Games and ITV’s Hit Me Baby One More Time, brings his guitar to Lingfield Park on Saturday, June 30.

Queen fans are in for a treat when tribute band The Great Pretender rocks leafy Lingfield on Tuesday, July 3, and Abba fans are not left out as Saturday, July 28, sees Platinum Abba provide post-racing entertainment.

X-Factor finalists Ray Quinn and Ben Mills bring their unique styles to Lingfield Park on Saturday, August 4. Ray wowed audiences in the TV search for a star with his energetic renditions of swing classics, while Ben won fans with his emotive rock ballads.

1970s pop quartet The Real Thing will perform their hits, including “You To Me Are Everything”, after racing on Saturday, August 11, while the curtain falls on Lingfield’s summer concert season on Saturday, August 18, when tribute band Briefcase Blues Brothers shake a tail feather with a playlist of rocking hits.

Admission to each of the race meetings is £25 in the Premier Enclosure and £15 in the Grandstand enclosure. The post-race entertainment is open to all racegoers at no extra cost and will take place on the Grandstand enclosure lawn alongside the racecourse.

A £7 online booking discount is available. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the booking hotline: 01342 834 800.


ALL admission tickets for Lingfield Park’s first evening race meeting tomorrow, Friday, April 20, are priced at only £5. The Trackside viewing restaurant is also offering discount packages on Friday evening of just £49 per head including entrance badge and racecard. (Normal package price £69).


Royal Windsor Racecourse throws open its doors on St George’s Day, Monday, April 23, for the first Monday evening fixture of 2007 at the Thames-side venue.

Tetley’s has teamed up with the racecourse to celebrate St George’s Day and the first 200 racegoers to book tickets online at www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk will be rewarded with a free pint of Tetley’s and a discount on entry of up to £4 per person.

Racegoers can look forward to a feast of entertainment at the picturesque riverside venue this season, with 25 Royal Windsor fixtures including 17 popular Monday race evenings throughout the summer.

Royal Windsor Racecourse is delighted to have renewed its highly successful partnership with VC Casino.com for the second year running.

VC Casino.com will once again be the official gaming partner for the ever-popular Monday night race meetings at the Berkshire course.

VC Casino.com will back a significant number of races on Monday nights and will sponsor the Trainers’ and Jockeys’ Championships for the Monday night season - won by trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes in 2006 - and has further extended its support to sponsor the stalls handlers on Monday evenings.

VC Casino.com generously ran a very successful competition throughout the 2006 Monday night season in which one lucky racegoer won an all-expenses-paid holiday to Antigua. Royal Windsor Racecourse’s official Monday evening gaming partner has guaranteed to give an equally exciting prize this year.

A major draw to the uniquely intimate venue is the Pimms and champagne garden party atmosphere of the Paddock Lawn with its stunning riverside views of Windsor Castle and the relaxed social setting of the racecourse’s leafy paddock and its welcoming bars and eateries.

The feature race of the evening on Monday, April 23, is the £10,000 William Hill 0800 44 40 40 Handicap (6.25pm) over an extended mile, which has attracted 41 entries including the Michael Jarvis-trained Fragrancy, an unbeaten filly who holds an entry in the Vodafone Oaks. The Mark Johnston-trained White Deer holds a Stan James 2000 Guineas entry and could also take his chance.

Last year’s opening fixture gave those in attendance the opportunity to see a future international superstar break his maiden tag.

Red Rocks was sent off the 10/11 favourite for the 2006 renewal of the Arena Leisure plc Maiden Stakes (7.25pm) and the Brian Meehan-trained colt duly obliged before ending his campaign with a brilliant success in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, USA.

The extended 10-furlong maiden could provide Classic clues as Derby-winning trainers John Gosden (Benny The Dip in 1997) and Michael Bell (Motivator in 2005) have engaged the Vodafone Derby entries Kwazulu and Gold Prospect respectively, while the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mystic Dancer has an Irish 2,000 Guineas entry.

The Betfair Maiden Stakes (5.55pm) was won last season by the Sylvester Kirk-trained Elhamri, who subsequently captured the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. Hoh Mike, runner-up to Elhamri, returned to collect two Windsor Monday evening contests before taking the runner-up spot behind Dutch Art in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at the Royal Meeting.

The Bet Online @ Williamhill.co.uk Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (6.55pm) over an extended mile has attracted a pair of Vodafone Oaks entries in the Michael Jarvis-trained Fashion Model and the Walter Swinburn-trained Marzelline, as well as Truly Enchanting, trained by Jeremy Noseda, who is entered in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The action on the famous figure-of-eight track begins at 5.25pm with the appropriately titled Welcome Back To Monday Night Racing Apprentice Handicap. The Rod Millman-trained Adantino took the six-furlong contest in 2006 and the eight-year-old has been entered for a repeat bid under the trainer’s son, James Millman.

Royal Windsor Racecourse will once again host themed events throughout the season in conjunction with racing. The first of these is the Family Fun Day (free entry for under 16s) on the afternoon of Monday, May 7, when Noddy and Big Ears will be in attendance to enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle and a miniature farm.

Other feature events include the thrilling Cirque Night (June 11) complete with acrobats, Irish Night (July 9), the ever-popular Ladies Night (July 30), Caribbean Night (August 13) and the End of Season Extravaganza (August 25).

Windsor has introduced a new computerized secure bar-code entry system for 2007, which worked successfully at the course’s season curtain-raiser on Monday, April 16. All metal badge holders are reminded that they must obtain a bar-coded ticket from the information desk on arrival.

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