ANDRE Klein is general manager at Warwick Racecourse. In his latest column with the Observer, he looks ahead to the fast approaching 2019/20 season.
There is a real sense of excitement mounting in the office of Warwick Racecourse as the 2019/20 season approaches.
It has been a vintage couple of years, attendances are at record levels, the quality of racing is on the rise and there has been an acknowledgement from many key players that the historic track is setting the standard.
The course has won award after award in all aspects of its business from customer service to its restaurant food.
In addition to racing, the racecourse is re-establishing a pivotal role in the community, hosting events like the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the Warwick Half Marathon and the town bonfire.
There are 19 race meetings scheduled over the next 12 months.
For the most part, the programme will look quite familiar, although there are two, two-day fixtures.
The first is the season-opener, the second day of which is the inaugural Warwickshire Food and Drink Showcase which will be well worth attending.
The highlight of year, in my opinion, will be the Victory in Europe Race Meeting on Friday, May 8.
A one-off affair, where confirmed entertainment already includes sky divers, traditional vintage fairground rides and a free street party in the centre of the course – promising to be a huge occasion.
New Year’s Eve, Classic Chase Day, Kingmaker Day, Fiver Friday, Countryside Day and the May Carnival are all on the agenda in the traditional time slots.
This season promises more than ever to be one of the best we have ever staged and I am really looking forward to providing a good experience to all those who venture through our turnstiles.