All roads lead to Perth Racecourse this Sunday
The most prestigious event in Perth’s racing calendar, City of Perth Gold Cup Day on Sunday 4 June has received a welcome 30% increase in prize-money taking the prize pot to £80,000, making it Perth’s richest day of the year and one of the of the most valuable day’s racing throughout the whole British summer jumping programme.
Advanced ticket sales for the Gold Cup have been strong with a large crowd expected for the weekend meeting, and the event has secured a new title sponsor for 2017, Perth based Horizon Parking.
Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse chief executive said: “The Gold Cup is our biggest meeting in the racing calendar and one we look forward to all year. We have just bid farewell to the Harley Davidson bikers who held their annual rally here this weekend and we are now turning the site around for this very popular meeting on Sunday.
“The Gold Cup itself has attracted a quality entry of 18 top class Chasers from all over the UK and Ireland so we are in for a treat with the likes of Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jonjo O’Neill, David Pipe, Gordon Elliot and Paul Nicholls all represented.”
Ahead of the season Perth Racecourse invested £250,000 in a new irrigation system, helping to provide consistent, safe ground conditions for jump racing. Hazel explained: “The irrigation system has been an important investment for the racecourse, and we have seen a healthy 10% increase in field sizes despite an exceptionally dry spell of weather. The track team here at Perth have welcomed the recent showery conditions ahead of the big day and assure me that the turf is in excellent shape ahead of Sunday’s meeting.”
Making its debut as a sponsor, Bernie Dickson of Horizon Parking said, “We are delighted to be in partnership with Perth Racecourse for their richest race day and especially supporting the £30,000 Horizon Parking City of Perth Gold Cup Handicap Steeple Chase.”
With such a large crowd anticipated, the Centre Course Enclosure will be open on Sunday, allowing racegoers to drive in to the course and enjoy their own picnic during the racing. Organisers recommend allowing plenty of time for gaining admission due to heightened security measures and expected large crowds.
With music, sizzling BBQs and plenty of children’s entertainment the Gold Cup promises to be a brilliant day out for the whole family. Punters will also experience some of the best horse racing in the country, with some of the top jockeys and trainers attending the prestigious meeting.
Tickets for The Gold Cup are priced at £20 for Centre Course and £25 for the Grandstand. Gates open at 11.30am and the first race is scheduled for 2.15pm and the last race at 5.15pm.
To purchase tickets and for more information on the season ahead, visit www.perth-races.co.uk
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