Newbury Racecourse: Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday - with free entry for serving military and British Legion members
For the tenth consecutive year, Newbury Racecourse will welcome members of the Armed Forces and Royal British Legion on Saturday, October 28 for its final Flat meeting of the season. Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday will also see the launch of the local 2017 Poppy Appeal.
To mark this tenth anniversary, all current serving members of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence civil servants and Royal British Legion members can get free Premier Enclosure tickets if they are reserved in advance - see below
In addition to a full card of races, there will be a whole variety of military-themed for racegoers to enjoy - as well as the ceremonial Poppy presentation which takes place before racing.
This year the poppy will be delivered by the Royal British Legion’s Parachute Display Team accompanied by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of The Rifles - who will be playing during the afternoon and then leading a sing-along after the final race outside the Weighing Room.
Julian Thick, Chief Executive of Newbury Racecourse, sees Armed Forces Raceday as a brilliant finale to the flat season: "In partnership with the Royal British Legion, the day both honours the efforts of our Armed Forces personnel, but is a fantastic day out for all the family with plenty to see. Our thanks extend to sponsors Worthington’s who have supported this day since 2011 along with Bathwick Tyres.”
A variety of static displays including a PUMA helicopter from RAF Benson and vintage military vehicles with volunteers from the Homefront, will form some of the main attractions of the afternoon.
Racegoers are also encouraged to pay a visit to Newbury’s very own ‘Poppy Field’ which will be located inside the main Grandstand where local primary and secondary schools have created free-standing poppies in honour of all those who fell during the first and second world war.
The highlights of the seven race card are the two Group 3 contests: The Worthington's Indigo Leisure Stakes (Registered as the St Simon Stakes) and The Bathwick Tyres Stakes (Registered as the Horris Hill).
Gates open at 11am with the first race at 1.40pm and the last race at 5.05pm. Ticket prices and information here.
All current serving members of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence civil servants and Royal British Legion members can each get two free Premier Enclosure tickets allocated when giving military ID number, MOD civil service ID or RBL member number. Simply call 01635 40015.