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Crowds return as Newbury Racecourse host Betfair Summer Special

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Summer is coming to Newbury Racecourse, with the first of ten Flat fixtures on the cards throughout June, July and August, kicking off today (Thursday) with the Betfair Summer Special.

Excitingly, the afternoon fixture also marks the return of a limited crowd to the racecourse for the first time since December 2020, and the first flat meeting with spectators since October 2019.

With the weather forecast looking positive and a heatwave due to hit the UK, Newbury Racecourse offers the ideal outdoor venue to spend an afternoon watching live sporting action and catching up with friends and family.

Newbury welcome crowds back to the racecourse
Newbury welcome crowds back to the racecourse

To celebrate the return of spectators and summer, racegoers are encouraged to add a splash of yellow to their outfits for the 7-race card.

Those most vibrant could be in with a chance to win tickets to a future raceday this summer with on the spot prizes awarded by the Newbury team for those dressed to impress.

Marcomms and sponsorship director at the racecourse, Harriet Collins, said: “The date marks a particularly positive day for all of us here at the racecourse as we prepare to welcome a limited crowd back through our doors for the first time since 2020.

“There is a real buzz around the site now as we countdown to the Betfair Summer Special afternoon fixture and our ongoing thanks go to Betfair for their support of this raceday.

“We are particularly looking forward to welcoming back our Annual Members who have been incredibly supportive of us over the last year and are looking forward to hearing the cheers and applause around our parade ring again.

“This truly marks the start of the summer at Newbury, and we’ve got lots planned for all ages to enjoy, including two live music acts, Olly Murs on August 14 and Rick Astley on September 18. We can’t wait to see everyone again.”

Gates will open from 12noon and tickets must be purchased in advance, but more information can be viewed via newburyracecourse.co.uk.

The racecourse host their ever-so popular Pub in the Paddock on June 19 before another meeting on June 22 – the Unlocked Racenight.

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