Thursday, 25 November 2010

Save £54 with the 2011 Ascot Family Day Pass

The 2011 Ascot Family Day Pass gets the thumbs up from Scotty!

Ascot first raced on 11th August 1711 which means next year will be our 300th birthday!

Look out for lots of fun activities and special events throughout 2011 to celebrate our tercentenary. We have five Family Day dates for your diary in 2011. Further details will follow in due course.

· Sunday 10th April: Countryside Alliance Raceday
· Sunday 24th July: Betfair Weekend Family Fun Day
· Saturday 6th August: Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and ‘80s Concert
· Saturday 29th October: United House Group Day and Firework Spectacular
· Saturday 17th December: Christmas Raceday

In celebration of our 300th Birthday you can now buy a Grandstand Admission ticket to include all five Family Days in 2011 for just £39.99 per person when booking before 1st April 2011. This is a whopping saving of over £54. Grandstand Admission tickets for Family Days are usually £17 per person expect for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup when they are priced at £25. So, this really is great value for money!

Simply quote Family Day Pass Offer when booking. To book, call 0870 727 1234 and talk to a member of the Sales Team. Don’t forget; kids under 18 go FREE! Offer limited to four 2011 Family Day Passes per household and must be booked before 1st April 2011.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Free Family Fun at Ascot this Christmas & Discounted Tickets with Twitter

BGC Christmas Raceday: Saturday 18th December
‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la!’ Ascot’s gone all festive for their Family Day on 18th December!
Join in the festive fun and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto where there will be a gift waiting for everyone that has been good this year.
To make the day truly festive, you can take a ride on the fairground, skate on the ice rink or have your faces painted with a Yuletide motif by one of Santa’s elves. And what more, you won’t break the bank as under 18s and all entertainment, including face painting, is absolutely free of charge.
On the track, Ascot's plays host to the most valuable day of its Jumps racing season with the Grade 1 £100,000 BGC Long Walk Hurdle. The undercard is no less impressive with the £150,000 ‘Ladbroke’ - Europe’s richest handicap hurdle.
After racing, join in the Christmas Carols in the Grandstand. The festive sing-along begins 20 minutes after the last race where a carol sheet will be provided free of charge. A trip to Ascot this December is guaranteed to blow away the winter blues and get you well and truly in the Christmas spirit.
Gates open at 10.45pm, first race 12.55pm, last race 3.40pm and the carols starts at 4pm.
Adult tickets from £16. Save £6 per ticket when you book in advance by calling 0870 727 1234 our visiting quoting TWITTER. Under 18s and all entertainment is FREE.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Win a signed copy of the 2010 St. Leger Racecard in aid of Children in Need

The St. Leger Stakes Racecard signed by ALL the jockeys
We have been given a copy of the Doncaster racecard from St.Leger Day 2010 by our Twitter friend @willywoodpecker to auction in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. The racecard has been signed by ALL jockeys competing in this year’s St Leger Classic.

The signatories include:
• William Buick who rode the winner, Arctic Cosmos
• The Legendary Frankie Dettori
• Champion Jockey Paul Hanagan
• Ryan Moore
• Joe Fanning
• Jamie Spencer
• Colm O’Donaghue
• Eddie Ahern
• Daryl Holland
• Paul Mulrennan

All you have to do is bid the highest amount before the auction closes at 10pm, Friday 19th November 2010. To place a bid e-mail with your name, address and contact telephone number.

The winner of the auction will be notified by 10am, Saturday 20th November 2010 and will be sent the signed racecard by recorded delivery as soon as the cheque has been received. The Ascot Twitter page, @AscotInsider, will give regular updates of how high the auction has reached.

Go on, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to win this superb one off piece of horseracing memorabilia!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Royal Ascot Racing Club update

William Haggas reported that Expose has come out of Saturday's race in good form. William is of the opinion that Expose ran too freely during the early stages of the race at Doncaster and as a result did not have the stamina to be more competitive at the end of the race.

Prompter has also come out of the race on Saturday in good form and is on his way down to the stud for a winter break.

The first of the yearlings has successfully completed the breaking process and the Jeremy ex Can't Hurry Love Filly is on her way to Michael Bell’s Fitzroy House. The other yearlings are being long reined and are doing well and should be ready to move from the stud in the next week or so.

Mirabella and Pollenator head to the Tats December Mares Sale. They both go through the ring on Monday 29th November where Mirabella is lot No. 1369 and Pollenator Lot No. 1416.

Win 4 tickets to BGC Christmas Raceday at Ascot on Saturday 18th December

Rudolph fancies his chances in the 'Long Walk'!

All Ascot Facebook friends and Twitter followers who forward the original message on to others will be automatically placed in a draw to win 4 Premier Admission tickets to the BGC Christmas Raceday at Ascot on Saturday 18th December. The prize has a value of £104 and there is no cash alternative available.

The winner will be announced on both Facebook and Twitter at 3pm Monday 15th November 2010.

BGC Christmas Raceday is Ascot's most valuable day of Jumps racing, featuring the Grade 1 £100,000 BGC Long Walk Hurdle. The undercard is no less impressive with the £150,000 ‘Ladbroke’ - Europe’s richest handicap hurdle.

Off the track join in the festive fun and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto where there will be a gift waiting for everyone that has been good this year! (subject to availability).

To make the day truly festive why not have a go on the Rudolf ride or have your faces painted by one of Santa’s elves. You can also have your photo taken with the reindeer or a spin on the ice rink - new for this year.

After racing join us for a collection of Christmas Carols in the Grandstand. The festive sing-a-long begins after the last race where a Christmas Carol sheet will be provided.

Conditions of entry to Ascot Racecourse apply, please see for full details.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Royal Ascot Racing Club Yearlings Update October 2010

Bay Filly - Jeremy ex Can 't Hurry Love
Cost: 65,000 Euros
Trainer: Michael Bell
The Jeremy filly is the first foal from the Desert Prince mare, Cant Hurry Love, who is a half sister to a stakes winner and this is the wonderful family of the late Dick Hollingsworth which traces to the Oaks winner, Bireme. Her sire, Jeremy, was a very good racehorse who won the Betfred Mile (Gr 2) at Sandown and the Jersey Stakes (Gr 3) at Royal Ascot. He was also placed second in the Queen Anne (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot as a four year old. This is his first crop of yearlings and he really has stamped his stock as they consistently appeared on John’s shortlist throughout the sales season. This is a neat, very attractive filly who moves beautifully and I suspect that Michael Bell will have her ready to run in mid-summer.

Chesnut Colt - Excellent Art ex Follow My Lead
Cost: 48,000 Guineas
Trainer: Richard Hannon
The Excellent Art colt will be trained by Richard Hannon and this is a really strong, precocious type by the first crop sire, Excellent Art, who won the Mill Reef (Gr 2) at Newbury as a two year old and who then went on to win the St James Palace Stakes (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot as a three year old. Excellent Art himself is by Pivotal and this colt really is the spitting image of his sire and grand sire. His dam, Follow my Lead, is a half sister to the multiple group winning Cape Cross colt, Halicarnassus who has amassed over £650,000 in prizemoney. He is a 12th March colt and I would hope that he could be ready to run before Royal Ascot in the hope that he is good enough to line up there next year.

Bay Colt - Halling ex Ae Kae Ae
Cost: 42,000 Guineas
Trainer: William Haggas
The Halling colt to be trained by William Haggas is much more of a time horse but he is full of quality and moves like a panther. His sire, Halling, was an amazing racehorse who won the Coral Eclipse (Gr 1) twice as well as the Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr 1) twice. He has produced numerous top class horses since retiring to stud including the Prix Ganay (Gr 1) winner, Cutlass Bay, as well as Cavalryman who won the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr 1). He is also sire of one of this season’s leading two year old fillies, Havant. This colt’s grand dam, Charmante, is a half sister to the brilliant miler, Zilzal, so he comes from a wonderful family with an interesting mix of speed and stamina. Hopefully, William will have him ready to run in late summer but this is a horse who will improve significantly as he gets older.

Both Expose and Prompter are all set for their respective races at Doncaster on Saturday and hopefully they will close the flat season on a much needed high. Advisor is in very good form and Paul Nicholls hopes to have him ready to run at Ascot on Friday 19th November.

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