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Armed Forces Day at The Racecourse Newbury

PUBLISHED: 12:39 16 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:39 16 October 2014

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The Racecourse Newbury's popular Worthington's Armed Forces Day returns on Saturday 25 October.

The final flat meeting of Newbury’s season sees the launch of the 2014 Poppy Appeal for Berkshire and the Vale of White Horse. In addition to a brilliant seven-race card, a whole variety of military-themed entertainment throughout the day makes this a great outing for all the family.

Gates open at 11am with the first race at 1.50pm and the last race at 5.10pm.

Those in the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence civil servants and Royal British Legion members can benefit from free Premier Enclosure tickets if they are reserved in advance (two allocated per military ID number, MOD civil service ID or RBL member number). Simply call 01635 40015.

See the Army Freefall Display Team, ‘The Tigers’, parachute in with the ceremonial Poppy onto the course before racing, while the 7 Rifles Waterloo Band are playing throughout the afternoon and will lead a sing-along after the final race.

On display will be a selection of armoured military vehicles and mounted troopers from the King’s Troop and the Worthington’s Shire Horse Dray will also be in attendance.

Racegoers are invited to come and test their mettle with the Powerbag Challenge and hand-eye co-ordination game Batack or face the daunting prospect of the Army’s inflatable assault course.

The highlights of the racing are the two Group 3 contests, The Worthington’s Whizz Kids Stakes (Registered as the Horris Hill) and The Worthington’s Burlison Inn Stakes (Registered as the St. Simon).

The Racecourse Newbury’s Chief Executive Julian Thick said: “Armed Forces Day is always a fantastic finale to the flat season here and with so much going on it’s set to be the most exciting one yet.

”We look forward to welcoming and celebrating the efforts of the Armed Forces personnel and supporting the work of the British Legion.”

Tickets are available to book online from £18. Visit www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk or call 01635 40015.

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