THE richest fixture of the season is set to take place at Warwick Racecourse at this season’s Classic Chase Day on Saturday January 12th, the premier racing highlight of this year’s Warwick racing calendar.
The event is considered the prime forecaster for the Grand National at Aintree in April, with One for Arthur being the latest example of this having won both events in 2017.
In total, it is estimated that £187,000 is to be split across the entire card, with £75,000 alone being the prize fund for winning the Classic Chase itself.
There will be seven races in all taking place, including the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle Race, whilst the Classic Luncheon has been announced for the first ever time at the event.
Held trackside in the Paddock Pavilion, racegoers are presented with a unique opportunity to dine with legends of the horse racing world, of whom have previously ridden or trained Warwick’s most prestigious race.
Winning jockeys Ian Watkinson (1976, Jollys Clump), Rodi Green (1990 Midnight Madness), Carl Llewelyn (1992 Woodgate) and Charlie Poste (2016 Russe Blanc) are all confirmed guests.
The Pavilion is also to feature a display of classic Warwick racing artefacts on show for guests with racecourse tours also available.
Speaking on the 2019 event, general manager Andy Klein said: “This season’s Classic Chase Day is our richest ever raceday, with a £2,000 rise in the overall prize fund from last January,”
“We will be recognising the history of the Classic Chase this year too, as we welcome back jockeys from years past who have claimed victory in our flagship race.
“For horse racing fans this is the fixture of our season to attend, as the horses continue their journey to the Randox Health Grand National in April and we’re expecting another bumper crowd for our first raceday of 2019.”
Gates open at 10:40am, with the first race at 12:40pm – tickets start from £12.50 per person, and restaurant and hospitality packages from £80.
For more ticket information, visit www.warwickracecourse.co.uk