Cancer Research UK is the Winner as Hamilton Park's 2010 Season Begins

Hamilton Park’s 2010 season is off and running this Sunday with Cancer Research UK Family Day kicking off five months of quality flat racing and entertainment.

As well as a seven-race card, the afternoon meeting – to which accompanied under-16s gain free entry – will feature a host of complimentary children’s entertainment such as fairground rides and slides, laserquest, paintball, a bird of prey display and facepainters.

The large opening day crowd anticipated will also enjoy an exclusive Hamilton Park ‘flying start’ betting offer, courtesy of Totepool, which provides each punter buying a race card with up to £10-worth of promotional bets. The countdown to the 18-fixture season ends this Sunday at 2.30pm when the first race of 2010 gets underway and Clerk of the Course Hazel Peplinski can’t wait for racing to begin.

She said: “This Sunday marks the end of months of hard work, planning and anticipation and everyone at Hamilton Park is tremendously excited by the prospect of the 18 meetings over the next five months. We feel we have a really exciting fixture list in place.

“Cancer Research UK Family Day is now well established as one of our standout fixtures and allows everyone connected with the racecourse to support a most worthy charity which carries out so much vital work. It is a real family occasion and we are look forward to seeing a mix of old friends and new faces to help us get 2010 off to a winning start.

“The decision to boost the quality of Sunday's race programme by moving the prestigious £16,000 totepool Buttonhook Handicap from September to this opening card appears to have been vindicated with a 21-strong entry heading the encouraging 149 five-day entries received on Monday.”

Sunday’s season opener is the first of three meetings in May with Comedy Night (May 7) and Braveheart Night (May 14) to follow. In advance of the new season the racecourse’s management team has been busy securing a list of high-profile acts to perform throughout the new season including: The Saturdays, performing at the Cash for Kids Night in June; Stars of the X Factor Olly, Stacey and Danyl, making an appearance at Family Night in July; JLS, who have been booked for a standalone concert in July; and Alesha Dixon, who will sing live after racing on Forces and Services Night in August. But first up is Cancer Research UK Family Day this Sunday.

Rowan Main, Area Volunteer Manager, Cancer Research UK, said: “It's wonderful of Hamilton Park Racecourse to hold a Cancer Research UK Family Day on Sunday 2nd May. This annual event is always a great fundraising day for us – the race-goers are always so generous. We are delighted that Hamilton Park Racecourse chose to support Cancer Research UK and allow the Hamilton Committee to fundraise on the day. Over the years this event has raised an amazing amount to help fund our vital research and we hope the race goers will support us again.

“It is thanks to the selfless efforts of everyone involved at Hamilton Park Racecourse that Cancer Research UK is able to continue its research into beating cancer. Last year the charity spent more than £36 million funding research scientists, doctors and nurses across Scotland, all looking for new ways to beat the disease. Every day in Scotland more than 70 people are told that they have cancer. The good news is that more people are beating the disease than ever before.”

Lanarkshire (East Kilbride) mum-of-four and grandmother-of-five Janice Slater (58) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and subsequently had a lumpectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. After five years taking Tamoxifen and Anastrozole she was given the welcome news – all clear.

Janice Slater said: “Without Cancer Research UK I wouldn't be here now, it's as simple as that. In September this year I'll be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary with my husband John and all the family – words can't express how grateful I am and how much I'm looking forward to the day!”

Gates open at 12.30pm on Sunday with the first race taking place at 2.30pm.  Tickets for the meeting and for the rest of the racing season are available at Hamilton Park website – – or by calling the racecourse on 01698 283806.

The full seven-race card this Sunday is as follows:

2:30 Handicap

3:05 totepool Handicap

3:40 Daily Record Handicap

4:15 totepool Buttonhook Handicap

4:50 Gary Owen Maiden Stakes

5:25 Cancer Research UK Claiming Stakes

5:55 John Quigley Memorial Handicap

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit

Contact: Brian Welsh or Sharon Mars
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