Superstar Italian jockey Frankie Dettori MBE is confirmed to compete in 3 races at Hamilton Park this Friday in the first of the racecourse’s Super Seven fixtures.
Dettori will feature in the William Wallace Handicap Stakes, the Totepool Glasgow Stakes and the Belstane Racing Stables Braveheart Stakes.
One of the true highlights of the Scottish racing calendar Braveheart Night is an opportunity for Scottish race-goers to see some of the leading lights of UK racing in action.
Friday night’s fixture includes Listed races the Totepool Glasgow Stakes and the Belstane Racing Stables Braveheart Stakes with prize money of £45,000 and £40,000 respectively. The total prize fund for the evening’s race card is £108,000.
In addition to top class racing, the fixture offers free Scottish themed entertainment throughout the evening including pipers, Highland dancers and battle re-enactments which celebrate Scotland’s history. After racing, all visitors can head towards the venue’s Ceilidh Marquee and enjoy live music from The Big Shoogle Ceilidh Band.
The 2010 season also sees the introduction of Hamilton Park’s exclusive Braveheart Booth competition where men, women and children of all ages can re-enact Mel Gibson’s famous ‘Freedom’ speech from the movie Braveheart – which celebrates its 15 year anniversary this summer. Punters will be able to judge one another via Hamilton Park’s very own YouTube channel with the winning ‘Wallace’ receiving two free tickets for Forces and Services Night with Alesha Dixon on 27 August 2010.
Vivien Kyles, chief executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to announce Frankie Dettori’s attendance at Hamilton Park this Friday. It's a massive night for Hamilton Park but also a big night for Scottish racing given the amount of prize-money on offer.
“As our first Super Seven fixture of the season Braveheart Night is always popular with racing fans and, with the introduction of our Braveheart Booth alongside exciting battle re-enactments and a live ceilidh band after the racing, we’re confident there will be something on offer to ensure everyone has a fantastic night.”
Hugh McNeilly will also be performing Flower of Scotland ahead of the Braveheart Stakes in front of the grandstand at about 7.45pm.
Also new for the 2010 season, the racecourse’s exclusive merchandise shop is located outside Bravehearts Bar and is already proving extremely popular with visitors. Visitors can treat themselves to a variety of Hamilton Park branded products including umbrellas, baseball caps and cuddly horses.
The full six-race card for Friday night is as follows:
6.20 European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes
6.50 The William Wallace Handicap Stakes
7.25 Totepool Glasgow Stakes
8.00 The Belstane Racing Stables Braveheart Stakes
8.35 The Luddon Construction Open Maiden Stakes
9.05 The Cash for Kids Racenight in June Handicap Stakes
Gates open at 4.20pm on Friday and the last race is at 9.05pm – tickets available in advance from £13 at www.hamilton-park.co.uk or from £14 at the gate on the night.