Hamilton Park Racecourse is set for its biggest ever season – kicking off in style this Sunday with the hugely popular annual charity event, Cancer Research UK Family Day.
On the track this year the venue’s Super Six flagship fixtures become Super Seven – Braveheart Night, Lanark Silver Bell Night, Cash For Kids Night, Family Night featuring Stars Of The X Factor, John Smith’s Fair Friday, Ladies Night and Forces and Services Night. Among 18 fixtures overall there are also new themed meetings including a Comedy Night in May, a World Cup Day in June and an Irish Night in August.
To complement the quality flat racing on offer, Hamilton Park has once again attracted some major UK music acts to perform live in Lanarkshire with The Saturdays, X Factor stars Olly, Stacey and Danyl, and Alesha Dixon all booked up for 2010. This in addition, of course, to double Brit winners JLS headlining Hamilton Park’s first ever standalone live concert in July.
In preparation of the new season, Hamilton Park’s executive and management team has made a five-figure investment in facilities, including:
- A completely refurbished family-friendly Conservatory Café Bar with a new children’s play area.
- The introduction of official Hamilton Park merchandise for sale – including branded skip hats, cuddly horses and umbrellas.
- Increased complimentary family entertainment – from rides and slides to paintball and facepainters.
- A new Racing UK bar for the general public.
- Extensive tarmac and drainage works around the grounds to improve the pedestrian walkways.
- Toilet improvements in public café and bar areas.
The action begins in earnest this Sunday at Cancer Research UK Family Day at which accompanied children under 16 gain free admission.
Hamilton Park chief executive, Vivien Kyles, said: “There is definitely a feeling of great anticipation and excitement at the racecourse and a belief that this is set to be our biggest season ever.
“There has been tireless work behind the scenes and not insignificant investment to ensure that every single person who visits Hamilton Park this season enjoys the best raceday experience possible.
“In addition, our standalone concert featuring JLS in July will not only bring one of the biggest events in years to Lanarkshire but further demonstrates our commitment to developing Hamilton Park as ‘more than a racecourse’.”
The general admission prices to Hamilton Park, which were reduced last year, have been frozen for 2010 while for the third year running there is no increase in the cost of annual memberships.
Cancer Research UK Family Day is this Sunday – gates open at 12.30pm, first race is 2.30pm and tickets are available from £13 – with accompanied under-16s enjoying free entry. 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.
Ashley Moon, commercial manager for Hamilton Park, said: “We feel we have a fixture list which offers something for everyone. As well as our hugely popular favourites our new theme days have been well received such as May’s Comedy Night as we have already sold out our comedy marquee where Des McLean is performing.
“We’re also thrilled that the Lanark Silver Bell night will enjoy a night of its own to reflect its historic and cultural significance to Lanark, Lanarkshire and to UK racing.”
For more info on Hamilton Park’s 2010 season visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk