Racing returns to Wincanton tomorrow (Friday, 14th October), when top sports presenter John Inverdale is the special guest for the unveiling of a newly commissioned sculpture.
Off the back of broadcast duties at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the subsequent Ryder Cup for Radio 5Live, John Inverdale will officially unveiled The Last Fence – a breath taking bespoke sculpture created by local artist Clare Tupman – marking the start of the 2016 / 2017 season in which the course will celebrate 150 years of racing at Wincanton.
The unveiling will take place at 2:30pm – after the second race.
The sculpture is made of stainless steel and stands about three metres high – similar to the height of a 16.2 thoroughbred when jumping.
Huw Williams, General Manager for Wincanton Racecourse, explains: “Wincanton has much to celebrate and enjoy over the coming year, and this commission is a wonderful launch to an exciting season ahead.”
Also, for the first time ever on a Jockey Club Racecourse, Wincanton will operate a one enclosure admission for all midweek fixtures. Starting tomorrow, the £14 per person entry price will give racegoers the chance to enjoy 11 midweek racedays where the Premier and Grandstand Enclosures become one throughout a season that hosts 18 meetings in total from October 2016 to May 2017.
Huw Williams, General Manager of Wincanton Racecourse, comments on the initiative: “I am delighted that The Jockey Club is supporting this initiative to drive mid-week attendance.
“Racing should be accessible to all and by operating with one enclosure for all midweek fixtures racegoers will have the chance to enjoy the widest choice of viewing and refreshment options on course.”
Gates open tomorrow at 11:30am for the six-race card in which 10 times Champion Trainer, sends three runners with Rouge Devils co-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson entered in the 4:45 Salisbury BMW & Mini Maiden Hurdle.
Champion jockey, Richard Johnson, returns to Wincanton for two rides in the opening and final contests, and will enjoy using the new jockeys restroom in between races. To book tickets visit wincanton.thejockeyclub.co.uk or call 0344 579 3014.