Hereford gears up for return
There is just one week to go until jump racing returns to Hereford after a four year absence.
Jump racing returns to Hereford next Thursday
The track is building up to the reopening of the course which was much loved by former Times Racing Correspondent Alan Lee who passed away in December 2015.
In recognition of Alan's support of the grassroots of the sport the four fixtures in 2016 will each feature 'The Alan Lee Performance of the Day' which will be judged by some of Alan's family and friends.
The award will be given to the individual, whether it be horse, jockey, trainer or member of stable staff who is deemed to have put in the most eye catching performance of the day as judged by family and friends of Alan, who will be on course to follow the day's action. The full details will be in the opening day's racecard.
In addition, on Thursday 6 October, a panel of top Jump jockeys Aidan Coleman, Tom Scudamore and Richard Johnson will join the opening day's sponsors, Stoke-based betting firm bet365, to offer racegoers an insight into their afternoon's rides, as well as their memories of racing at Hereford over the years.
Herefordshire based Champion Jockey Johnson will also be on hand to officially open the Rusty Bridge Restaurant, named after his first ever career winner, which he rode at Hereford in 1994.
Racegoers will be able to mark the day by purchasing a limited edition newly Hereford badge, which will be given out on course in return for donations to Hereford Riding for the Disabled Association and Little Princess Trust.
The course continues to receive fantastic local support and is delighted to announce that 'The Great Chase Owners & Trainers Bar' will be sponsored by Herefordshire based Chase Vodka. In addition they are also supporting a series of other initiatives including sponsorship of the season's Best Turned Out Horse Awards and the provision of complimentary 'Fit Corn' popcorn for Stable Staff.
The local Verzon House Hotel, based a short distance away, will be supporting the inaugural Leading Trainer and Rider Award at the Racecourse, a points based initiative for winning and placed runs and rides. The leading trainer and rider will both enjoy a night's dinner bed and breakfast at the luxury boutique hotel.
The Great Chase Owners and Trainers Bar will feature a range of the Hereford-based company's premium gin and vodka products and along with the support from The Verzon House Hotel, Kidwells Solicitors and Cotswold MINI and BMW, reiterates Hereford Racecourse's desire to work with and help promote local brands.
Executive Director Rebecca Davies said, "The buzz around Hereford as we approach The bet365 Reopening Raceday has been tremendous, and this is reflected in the number of reputable Herefordshire brands that have come on board to support us.
"We're delighted to have Chase Vodka supporting the Great Chase Owners and Trainers Bar, I hope that plenty of horsemen get to try some of their brilliant product, which racegoers will also get to see around the course.
"Cotswold MINI and BMW and Kidwells are also fantastic new partners of ours, and we look forward to working with them throughout the season."
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