The countdown to Hamilton Park’s Lanark Silver Bell Night has begun with the race to win the historic trophy, one of the major highlights in the Scottish horseracing calendar, set to take place on Wednesday 9 June.
Reintroduced to Scottish racing in 2008, the Lanark Silver Bell is thought to date back to the 12th century and is believed to be the oldest trophy in existence. It was first raced for in 1628 after it was gifted to the town by King William ‘the Lion’ of Scotland.
One of the most prestigious fixtures of Hamilton Park’s season, the Lanark Silver Bell race alone is worth £35,000 in prize-money. The evening itself has total prize-money of £64,500, which is second only to Braveheart Night across the whole season.
Vivien Kyles, chief executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “Now in its third year at Hamilton Park, the Lanark Silver Bell will deservedly take centre stage in this night of high quality racing. As one of our season highlights, the prestige and honour of winning the Lanark Silver Bell race is set to attract a quality field and, combined with live music from local band Grand Central after the racing, we are looking forward to a fantastic evening of sport and entertainment.”
In honour of the Silver Bell’s town of origin, Hamilton Park is offering Lanarkians an exclusive two tickets for the price of one (£13) offer for the racecourse’s Lanark Silver Bell Race Night. The offer is available for the first 200 people from postcode ML11 who pre-book tickets ahead of the fixture on June 9.
Vivien continued: “We are very grateful to South Lanarkshire Council, the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council and the people of Lanark for their continued support. It is in recognition of this support that we are pleased to offer residents of Lanark, within postcode ML11, this exclusive advance-booking ticket offer.
“This represents terrific value when you consider two people can gain entry to the meeting for the combined fee of just £13 and enjoy a fantastic evening of six races including the famous and historic Lanark Silver Bell which we are very proud to have.”
Those who wish to take up the offer (maximum “buy two, get four” per household) should contact Hamilton Park directly in writing or by phone on 01698 283 806 in advance of the fixture on June 9.
The full six-race card for next Wednesday’s Lanark Silver Bell Night is as follows:
6:35 World Cup Day Next Wednesday Amateur Riders´ Handicap
7:05 European Breeders´ Fund Maiden Stakes
7:35 hamilton-park.co.uk Handicap
8:05 Lanark Silver Bell Handicap
8:35 Racing UK Selling Stakes
9:05 Book Now For Cash For Kids Night Handicap (Qualifier for the Scottish Trophy Handicap Series)
Tickets for both meetings start at just £13 and are available from Hamilton Park’s website (www.hamilton-park.co.uk) or by calling the racecourse on 01698 283 806.
For more info on Hamilton Park’s 2010 season visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk