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Action packed Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials weekend awaits at Newbury Racecourse





The Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend – across Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April - at Newbury Racecourse is set to be action packed both on and off the racetrack. The flat season kicks off in style at Newbury with multiple Group races to enjoy alongside a host of entertainment off the track, including the return of the Racecourse’s popular beer festival.

For the racing enthusiasts, there is high class racing featuring three Group 3 races on Saturday, including The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (registered as the John Porter Stakes), The Dubai Duty Free Stakes (registered as the Fred Darling Stakes) and The Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes which is set to be a red-hot renewal in 2023. Many QIPCO 2,000 Guineas contenders will be starting off their campaigns at Newbury including Dewhurst Stakes winner Chaldean, Gimcrack winner Noble Style and the unbeaten Eve Johnson-Houghton trained Streets of Gold. Saturday is also host to the ever competitive and newly sponsored Betgoodwin Spring Cup Handicap Stakes.

Aside from the top-quality racing there is a range of activities taking place across both days. After three years away, the ever-popular beer festival returns to Newbury Racecourse with over 30 real ale and ciders available to try from a range of local breweries and an inflatable beer rodeo which returns on Saturday to challenge friends as to who can stay on the longest! The Craft Beer Festival is open from 11:30am in the Grandstand Enclosure on both Friday and Saturday. All those aged over 18 attending on either Friday or Saturday are granted free admission to the beer festival with no extra ticket required!

The beer festival
The beer festival

The list of breweries who will be present on both days include:

Andwell Brewing Company

Arkell's Brewery

Bond Brews

Indigenous Brewery

Loddon Brewery

Longdog Brewery

Loose Cannon

Stonehenge Ales

Two Cocks Brewery

Renegade Brewery

White Horse Brewery

Tutts Clump Cider

Big Drop Brewing (non-alcoholic)

Aside from the beer festival, there is plenty for all the family to enjoy. Those who purchase tickets in advance of the race meeting can book on to complimentary behind the scenes tours of the racecourse. Course expert and former jockey David Crosse will be on hand to provide insight and take guests down to the start of the races and behind the scenes at Newbury Racecourse including into the parade ring and winners’ enclosure. This exclusive experience is not to be missed.

Getting to grips with a racehorse
Getting to grips with a racehorse

Located within the Grandstand Enclosure will be the Dubai Duty Free Marquee where racegoers can sample Dubaian hospitality with complimentary Arabic coffee and dates and win fabulous prizes including race day tickets, free gifts and free entry into the Dubai Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws by spinning the Dubai Duty Free Wheel of Fortune.

Among the airport industry’s longest running promotions, the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest surprise draws offer prizes of US$1million and a luxury car respectively. Entry tickets which are normally only available to purchase at Dubai International Airport and online at www.dubaidutyfree.com for Dhs 1,000 (approx. US$270) and Dhs 500 (approx. US$135), can be won each day.

Newbury Racecourse are delighted to be a charity partner of Greatwood Charity, a charity who use former racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All racegoers on Saturday will be able to meet Newbury’s equine ambassador, Ouzbeck, previously trained by Emma Lavelle, who will be in his permanent stable within the eastern entrance. A unique opportunity for everyone to get up close with a retired racehorse.

Live acoustic music will be playing in the rhododendron garden throughout Friday and Saturday and for those wanting to enjoy the entertainment following the conclusion of racing, the popular Shadow Monkeys will be on hand to continue the celebrations on Saturday.

Tickets for the racing action – with tickets granting free admission to the on-site Beer Festival – are currently available at the discounted Advance rate via newburyracecourse.co.uk until Friday 14th April while all Under 18s go free.



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