Aintree Sells Out for Betfred Becher Chase Community Day

Aintree Racecourse, home of The Crabbie’s Grand National, is delighted to announce it has sold out for The Betfred Becher Chase Community Raceday on Saturday 6 December, with the initiative being supported by Racing UK and Merseyrail.

The Betfred Becher Chase is a Grade Three National Hunt chase run over the Grand National fences with a total prize fund of £140,000. It is one of the most exciting days in the racing calendar with the Betfred Grand Sefton Chase also over the Grand National fences and another feature on the day.

Aintree, who last month announced that it will be giving free access to the people of Merseyside to show its commitment and gratitude to the local community, has reached its non-Grand National capacity of 42,000 people. However, limited hospitality places are still available – please contact the racecourse for more information.

On the day, racegoers will be able to see some of the country’s leading horses and jockeys compete over The Grand National fences and it will act as an early season trial for The Crabbie’s Grand National in April 2015.

There will also be plenty of activity off the track with a Juice FM roadshow and stage which will include Juice’s Breakfast presenters and a variety of bands to keep people entertained. The famous Winners Bar will also be transformed into a children’s Christmas area with Santa and lots of goodies and activities for the kids, whilst Aintree TV will provide insight into the Grand National Festival itself and there will be a “Punter’s Panel” with special guests looking ahead to not only the day’s racing, but providing pointers to the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival 2015.

There will be a large variety of extra catering options with additional feature bars and eateries including a Big Red London Bus Bar, a converted Tuk Tuk Curry van, several extra coffee units, backpackers serving mulled wine and winter Pimms, plus promotions and offers around the course including Crabbie’s sampling and much more.

Liverpool based Palm Sugar will also be on site providing cocktail service in the Platinum Lounge. The Upper Saddle Bar will be transformed into a Winter Ice Bar.

The world famous racecourse will be launching its new Community Programme at The Betfred Becher Chase Raceday, which will aim to provide opportunities and make a difference to children and adults in Merseyside. With the large community presence, Aintree community partners Alder Hey Hospital will be sending their Community Choir who will be getting everyone in the Christmas spirit by singing Christmas Carols from the Queen Mother Stand.

Featured charity for the day, The Walton Centre, will also be present and Everton FC in the Community will be showcasing their Blind Football Team with their mascot, Changy, on hand to entertain the kids. There will also be a local community vintage Fire-engine courtesy of the local Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage & Education Centre.

With the Crabbie’s Grand National only four months away and the opportunity for people to see horses over the Grand National fences on Betfred Becher Chase Day, there will also be more of a National feel to the event. Racegoers will be able to buy 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National tickets cheaper than normal with Aintree waiving the booking and postage fee of £7.50, if people buy on Betfred Becher Chase Day.  Crabbie’s will also be sampling on the day and the new Grand National Racemakers will be out in force helping racegoers enjoy their day.

Organisers are expecting a large crowd for the event and stress that racegoers make suitable travel arrangements to and from Aintree Racecourse. Parking on site is available but public transport is advised. Please go to www.merseyrail.org for timetables and more information on the most convenient way to travel to and from Aintree on Saturday 6th December.

John Baker, North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, commented:

”We are delighted to reach maximum capacity for our Community Day on Saturday 6 December – The Betfred Becher Chase Raceday.

“The Betfred Becher Chase is always a great day out with racegoers seeing the Grand National fences for the first time in the jumps season, however, this year is going to be even more special.

“At Aintree we always try to give the best possible customer experience and aside from some fantastic racing there is plenty going on off the track with music, kids entertainment, more catering options and various community activities.

“We are also really pleased to welcome our new community partners to the event and cannot wait to work together to help improve people’s lives in Merseyside. This is a great new project for us and we look forward to launching it at the Betfred Becher Chase and welcoming the people of Merseyside to this iconic sporting venue.”

The Betfred Becher Chase is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run over a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs (5,230 metres), with 21 fences to be jumped. Two winners have gone on to win the Grand National; Amberleigh House and Silver Birch. Earth Summit won the race in 1998 following his Grand National win earlier that year.

The initiative has been assisted by Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536/Freeview 231/UPC 411).

For further information please go to aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk or call 0844 579 3001.

Due to high demand gates will now open at 9.30am with the first race still taking place at 12pm and The Betfred Becher Chase at 1.30pm.

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About Aintree Racecourse

Aintree is home to The Crabbie’s Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year.  The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.  More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

2015 will be the 168th running of The Grand National race and the second year of the sponsorship with Halewood owned Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Aintree Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2012: £142.1m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2012: 1.8m), total prize money (2012: £35.3m), contribution to prize money (2012: £16.5m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket and Lambourn; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

 

For further information please contact:

John Baker, Regional Director, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07900 244248 email: john.baker@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Alternatively please contact Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 077884 655990 email: grant.rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Or

Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for The Crabbie’s Grand National on 07768 025265 email: nigel@earthsummit.demon.co.uk

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