NEWBURY Racecourse is tweaking its jump racing programme for next year when the annual bet365 ‘Hennessy’ Festival will be cut from three to two days.
The festival usually starts on the last Thursday in November, but next winter’s meeting will see the Thursday racing moved forward by three weeks to start the course’s jumps programme in early November.
The move will enable the course to intensify the winter festival and, said chief executive Julian Thick: “A two-day bet365 Festival, featuring the Hennessy Gold Cup on the Saturday, allows us to stage two days of top quality racing and to build up interest in and attendance on the Friday.
“A single day meeting, three weeks beforehand, makes a lot of sense as a way to launch our jump season and creates an ideal opportunity to promote the bigger days ahead."
The course will be staging 18 jump and 11 flat fixtures with the main events as follows:-
Saturday February 13 - Betfair Super Saturday.
Friday March 4 - Mencap Charity Raceday
Saturday March 5 - Greatwood Charity Raceday
Friday April 15 and Saturday 16 - Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend.
Friday May 13 - Starlight Charity Raceday
Saturday May 1-4 Al Shaqab Lockinge Day
Thursday June 23 Pump Technology Race Evening
Saturday July 16 - Weatherbys Super Sprint Day
Saturday August 13 - Betfred Ladies Day.
Tuesday August 23 HEROS 10th Anniversary Race Evening.
Friday September 16 and Saturday 17 - Dubai Duty Free International Weekend
Saturday October 22 - Worthington's Armed Forces Day
Thursday November 3 - The bet365 Festival Preview Meeting
Friday November 25 - The bet365 Festival
Saturday November 26 - The bet365 Festival featuring the Hennessy Gold Cup
Saturday December 31 - Betfred Challow Hurdle Day.