Thursday, August 28, 2003
YORK'S WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY RACEDAYS
The action at York continues apace following the record-breaking Ebor Festival, with two quality seven-race programmes on Wednesday and Sunday (3 & 7 September).
Wednesday's classy card begins at 2.10 p.m. with a handicap contest over one mile and a half sponsored for the first time by Patrington Haven Leisure Park, while The T Mobile Rated Stakes – a £20,000-added handicap for sprinters, also welcomes new sponsors to York.
The Showcase Handicap (another £20,000 race) is The Garrowby Rated Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over one mile and a half, which last year produced a tremendous finish, resulting in a dead-heat between Scott's View and Muhareb, ridden respectively by former Champion jockeys Kevin Darley and Frankie Dettori.
The current champion jockey, Kieren Fallon, partnered Binary File to win last season's Strensall Stakes, the feature race of the afternoon – a contest over nine furlongs, which has been elevated to Group 3 status to offer record prize money of £42,000.
The European Breeders Fund Prince Of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Maiden Stakes (seven furlongs) and The Parsonage Country House Hotel Maiden Auction Stakes both cater for two-year-olds – possible future stars. Based at Escrick, The Parsonage Country House Hotel is a popular venue for racegoers visiting York and is a sponsor for the first time.
The fourth Evening Press Sunday Raceday includes a full programme of family entertainment from when the gates open at 11.15 a.m. It's a complete day out for both the novice and regular racegoer and, as usual, children under 16 years of age will be admitted free of charge into all enclosures. Racing starts at 2.05 p.m.
The Polo Smoothies Rated Stakes, a £20,000 Showcase Handicap for stayers over one mile and threequarters heads a fully-sponsored programme which also includes The Wholesale Madness (York) Handicap Stakes (one mile), The Monks Cross Shopping Park Quintin Gilbey Silver Trophy (a handicap contest over seven furlongs), The Smith Brothers Maiden Auction Stakes (for three-year-olds over six furlongs), The Roofs Above Maiden Stakes (for three-year-olds over the extended one mile and a quarter), The Three Hares Premier Claiming Stakes (nine furlongs), while the proceedings on Sunday begin with a race for two-year-olds over six furlongs, The Maxiprint Nursery Handicap Stakes.
There's a whole host of attractions designed to inform and entertain racegoers during the day. A Seabiscuit Exhibition will offer racegoers the opportunity to see a preview of the Oscar-tipped film based on the true story of how the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit gave hope to Americans during the 1930s depression, while a superb night at the film's star- studded premiere in the autumn is also up for grabs in a special competition. Riding skills can be put to the test on the ‘virtual reality' Equicisor, there's a Racing Arcade Game and to help explain the action, racing personalities will be interviewed during the afternoon.
On both days, two large screens will enable racegoers to see all of the action, while prior to racing in the winners' enclosure, the ‘Punters Panel' will preview all aspects of the afternoon's racing.
The Minster Jaguar Trophy for the top trainer at York during the season is led by Sir Michael Stoute with seven winners, while the equivalent contest for the leading jockey this term, supported by attheraces, is headed by Kieren Fallon who has amassed 11 winners.
All looks set for an exciting September on the Knavesmire.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink