Thursday, September 4, 2003
NEW STANDS FOR 2004 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
Exciting new stands in both the Tattersalls and Courage Enclosures are set to enhance facilities at Cheltenham Racecourse in time for the 2004 Festival on March 16 to 18.
The Tattersalls Arena, with seating for 1,000 people, is on course to be finished in January, adding a state-of-the-art new covered building to more than double the indoor space for Tattersalls racegoers. The Tattersalls Arena will also include a big-screen, 40 Tote betting windows, the Istabraq Bar, other drink and fast food outlets, a Coral betting shop and entertainment before and after racing.
On non-racing days the Tattersalls Arena will be used for conferences, with space for up to 2,300 guests, concerts, exhibitions, trade shows, spectator sports as well as dinners and dances for up to 1,500 people. There will also be two black-tie bloodstock sales in the Tattersalls Arena next year.
Two new Grandstands being built in the Courage Enclosure are scheduled for completion in time for the Festival. The stands will provide viewing for 3,000 people and include two upper level bars, a Tote betting shop and a Harry Ramsdens restaurant.
To celebrate the opening of the new Grandstands, and to give as many people as possible a chance to see the facilities, there will be FREE admission to the Courage Enclosure at the three April meetings (April 14, 15 and 28).
Other than at The Open (November 14 to 16), the Courage Enclosure will be closed until the Festival but regular customers will receive vouchers to allow them admission to Tattersalls for £5.
Edward Gillespie added: "Visitors to the 2004 National Hunt Festival will have better facilities than ever before to choose from. The new Tattersalls Arena will be a valuable addition to Cheltenham Racecourse while viewing in the Courage Enclosure will be improved enormously."
CHELTENHAM LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ROOSTER BOOSTER RACEDAY PACKAGE
Racegoers visiting Cheltenham for the upcoming 2003/2004 season, beginning on Tuesday, October 28, can take advantage of a special new all-in offer for Tattersalls aimed at defining the maximum cost of a day at the races.
The Rooster Booster Raceday Package, which must be bought in advance, is named after this year's Smurfit Champion Hurdle hero and offers over £50 worth of value for only £40.
Visitors to Cheltenham for all racedays outside the three days of the National Hunt Festival can take advantage of the Rooster Booster'. The £40 will include Tattersalls admission (worth £15 to £18), a racecard, £16 worth of Tote betting vouchers, £16 of food and refreshment vouchers along with a special Cheltenham gift.
Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham's Managing Director, commented: "Racegoers have indicated a strong appetite for a fixed package and there is already considerable interest in this new good-value way of enjoying a day at Cheltenham."
Bookings have opened for both The Open and the 2004 Festival, with advance discounts available for both meetings. The booking hotline is 01242 226226.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE APPOINTED TO BHB BOARD
BHB Chief Executive Greg Nichols was yesterday appointed as a member of the BHB Board with immediate effect, the first executive appointment to the Board.
BHB Chairman Peter Savill said: "One of the aims of my Chairmanship has been that BHB should be increasingly driven by its executives and as a further step in this process the Board believed that the time was right to make this appointment. BHB has an expanding range of responsibilities and it is appropriate that the Chief Executive should play a full part in the Board's decisions.
"The current BHB Articles allow for the appointment to the Board of only one Executive but the proposed restructuring of the Board, which is currently in abeyance, would have allowed up to three Executive appointments. The Board will consider this again in due course."
SEVEN IN IRISH CHAMPION STAKES
MURTAGH DECLARED TO RIDE ALAMSHAR IN SATURDAYS IRELAND THE FOOD ISLAND CHAMPION STAKES
The following are the declared runners for this Saturday's (6th September) Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes:
Falbrav trained by Luca Cumani - jockey D. Holland - 9, 04
High Chaparral trained by Aidan O Brien - jockey M. J Kinane - 9, 04
Moon Ballad trained by S. Bin Suroor - jockey L. Dettori - 9, 04
Islington trained by Sir M. Stoute - jockey K. Fallon - 9, 01
Alamshar trained by J. Oxx - jockey J. Murtagh - 8, 11
France trained by Aidan O Brien - jockey J. Heffernan - 8, 11
Vintage Tipple trained by P. Mullins - jockey P. Smullen - 8, 08
Matt O Dwyer commenting on today's declarations said, "We are delighted with the declared runners for Saturday's race. This has be the most competitive line up of the World Series races to date".
The going at present: "good" following watering yesterday.
The weather forecast: For dry sunny and warm weather today. Mainly dry again tomorrow with a possibility of some drizzle in the Dublin area in the late afternoon. Dry conditions for Saturday.
Betting - Paddy Power Bookmakers:
Alamshar 5/4; Falbrav 5/2; High Chaparral 100/30; Vintage Tipple 8/1; Islington 9/1; Moon Ballad 12/1; France 25/1
ATTENDANCES UP OVER 8% IN FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 2003
BHB Call Centre and Website Achieves Record Bookings
Racing's popularity has continued to soar in 2003, with racecourse attendances exceeding 3.7 million in the first seven months of the year.
This represents an 8.2% increase on the comparative figure for 2002, a year which saw attendances break through the 5.5 million barrier, a modern-day attendance record.
The average daily racecourse attendance up to the end of July stands at 5,141, representing a year-on-year increase of over 4%.
Record bookings through the ticketing call centre and website operated by BHB contributed to this increase, with nearly 30,000 tickets sold to the endof July, a 15% increase on 2002. The value of the tickets sold has risen by 57% to over £500,000, with more than a quarter of these sales to first-time racegoers. The website and call centre are the only example of a national ticketing centre amongst major British sports.
BHB Marketing Director Chris John said: "I am delighted by the further increase in racecourse attendances so far this year, which reflects the efforts both across the industry and within the BHB Marketing Department to boost the sport's appeal. Racing is thriving and more accessible than it has ever been, providing great value as sporting entertainment. The results from our call centre and website, which provide a wealth of guidance to newcomers to the sport as well as catering for experienced racegoers, are extremely encouraging, and I am confident that Racing can build on these strong interim figures and break further records by the end of the year."
Tickets for all 59 British racecourses can be booked on 08700 721 724 or at www.discover-racing.com.
For old articles (from 1st March 2000) go to the Newslink