Let’s go racing
PUBLISHED: 12:37 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 December 2013
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This month sees the biggest three days of the autumn racing season with the Hennessy Heritage Festival at The Racecourse Newbury, on Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November.
The meeting, which culminates with the 57th running of the £175,000 Hennessy Gold Cup, is now known as the ‘Hennessy Heritage Festival’ to reflect its status as Europe’s longest running sporting sponsorship. It’s also one of the most fashionable social events on the calendar and is again expected to attract a host of top celebrities and fashion icons. Each day the atmosphere will be enriched with a range of lifestyle master classes and features, including wine tastings, fashion workshops and advice on how to spot a winner.
Elizabeth Hurley, Cilla Black, Denise Lewis and Amanda Holden were all in attendance last year, along with Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville who popped down from the nearby Highclere Castle where the award-winning drama is filmed.
Stephen Higgins, Managing Director at The Racecourse Newbury, said: “The Hennessy Gold Cup day is one of the biggest events in the social calendar. The racing is always fantastic and we’re looking forward to the biggest Hennessy Heritage Festival yet this November.”
The Hennessy Gold Cup has been won by some top class horses over the decades and last year’s victor Bobs Worth went on to triumph in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. The opening two days include the Bet365 Hurdle, The RSA Novices’ Chase, The Fuller’s Pride Novices’ Steeple Chase and Sportingbet Long Walk Hurdle, won in recent years by the greatest stayer of all time Big Buck’s. Total prize money of £570,000 is up for grabs over the three days, an increase of 20% on 2012.
The Hennessy Heritage Festival is about much more than just the first class racing and The Racecourse Newbury offers exceptional restaurant and private box options. The Hennessy restaurant features panoramic views of the whole racecourse and a perfect location to see all of the action.
Ticket prices start from £20 for Grandstand and £30 for Premier Enclosure, and the three-day Premier Enclosure ticket is £75 and includes a collectable limited edition badge. For booking and more info visit www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk