Eyes of the world on local racecourse

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REDCAR Racecourse stages its most important sporting occasion of the year on Saturday (1 Oct) when well over £200,000 will be won by the successful racehorses.

The eyes of the racing world will be focussed on the Tees Valley racecourse - and the cameras of Channel 4 will be present - for one of the most eagerly awaited races for the youngest racehorses in Britain and Ireland.

The Totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy, raced over three-quarters of a mile, attracts entries from hundreds of horses, but only 23 can take part.

The race, for two-year-old colts and fillies, is worth a minimum of £150,000 and the prize is much sought after by racehorse owners and trainers on both sides of the Irish Sea.

As well as that feature race, there is the seventh running of the John Smith’s Redcar Straight-Mile Championship Final for which horses have been racing to qualify during the spring and summer.

Completing a trio of top class races, there is the historic Guisborough Stakes, which is worth £30,000 in prize-money.

Redcar Racecourse’s general manager Amy Fair said: “This is the day in the year when we really come into the sporting spotlight.

“We are delighted, as always, to welcome Channel 4 to our racecourse, which means we will be seen by more than one million viewers across the country.

“As a thank you to our visitors this year, anyone booking a ticket in advance for 1 October will be given a 50% discount on admission and racecards for our final three meetings of 2011 as well as receiving £2 off a £5 Placepot bet with the Tote.”

Visitors are also invited to join former jockey Jimmy Bleasdale for a behind-the- scenes tour of the racecourse including a visit to the weighing room. The tour starts at 12.15pm in front of the Petch Stand.

There will be seven horse races between 2pm and 5.25pm. After that, there are three further fixtures at Redcar Racecourse before the end of the Flat racing season - on Friday 14 October, Monday 24 October and Tuesday 1 November.

General admission on Saturday: grandstand £15; course enclosure £5. Accompanied children under 16 always admitted free of charge, seniors £12 grandstand and £4 course enclosure.

More information at redcarracing.co.uk. The website offers the convenience of online purchasing of tickets for all racing days.

Every special package bought for the grandstand gets a £5 voucher redeemable against future bookings.