WARWICK Racecourse has announced the Air Ambulance Service as its chosen charity of the year – and has dedicated its next big raceday to the cause.
The Horse and Hound Warwickshire Air Ambulance Raceday takes place on Sunday, March 13, as the countdown hots up to the nation’s biggest festival of jumps racing.
The fixture is a traditional curtain raiser to Cheltenham Festival week and is expected to attract an influx of racegoers ahead of the Festival, which gets underway two days later on March 15.
Crabbie’s Grand National winning jockey Jason Maguire, Warwick Racecourse ambassador and top trainer Dan Skelton and Racing UK presenter Niall Hannity are to host a Cheltenham preview in aid of the Air Ambulance Service ahead of the racing.
Six races are on the programme, with off course entertainment to include farrier and falconry displays, along with the Warwickshire Hunt with their hounds and horses.
“We’re thrilled to be supporting the Air Ambulance Service and really looking forward to helping raise the profile of the charity at the next raceday and throughout the rest of this year,” said Andre Klein, general manager at Warwick Racecourse.
“The raceday on March 13 will be a great way for the charity to promote the fantastic work it does as it should be a terrific day of racing on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival.
“Warwick is renowned for being a strong proving ground for The Festival, and once again this season has proved to be the case as our racedays have been extremely well supported by owners, trainers and racegoers and we’re hoping for more of the same on March 13.”
Tracy Grunwell, Fundraising Manager for the Air Ambulance added: “It’s fantastic to see Warwick Racecourse getting involved and helping to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.
“The Air Ambulance is a vital service in this area and is especially needed in the equestrian world.
“The support that we have from Warwick Racecourse will make a huge difference, not just to the charity but to the lives of the people we save. I am very much looking forward to our partnership this year.”
Tickets to the Cheltenham preview with the expert panel cost £70 per person and also includes prime racing viewing from a private marquee, drinks reception, a two course lunch and a light afternoon tea. To book email [email protected] or call 07825 634103.
Gates for the Horse and Hound Warwickshire Air Ambulance Raceday open at midday, with the first race at 2pm and last of six on the racecard at 5.20pm.
General admission is £10 if booked by midnight on March 8, £15 from March 9 to midnight on March 12 and £20 on the day. The racecourse is donating £1 for every ticket sold to the Air Ambulance.
Further information and ticket details can be found at www.warwickracecourse.co.uk.