Ticket Sales For Northumberland Plate Festival Racing Ahead
Logging On To The Internet In Big Numbers To Book Their Places
two-day John Smith's Northumberland Plate Festival is set for a
record attendance . . . and there's still almost a month to go until
Newcastle Racecourse's biggest meeting of the year.
thousand people are expected at Gosforth Park within the space of
24 hours between the evening of Friday 27 June and the following
afternoon which features the race popularly known as the "Pitmen's
racecourse's General Manager David Williamson today advised racegoers
that the 7,000-capacity Premier Enclosure will be sold out in advance
for Saturday 28 June.
said: "It's very much a case of book now to avoid disappointment.
Last year there were a few tickets remaining for the Premier Enclosure
on the day. That just won't be the case this year because advance
sales are already weeks ahead of those in previous years."
sales boom has been partly driven by racegoers going online in increasing
numbers to buy their advance tickets. Bookings made through the
racecourse's web site www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk account for
10% of all purchases this year.
John Smith's Northumberland Plate is run on a day when the eyes
of the racing world focus on Newcastle.
race is the most valuable handicap run over two miles or more in
Europe. The prize fund this year is £175,000 - a £35,000
increase on 2002.
Class B open handicap has been run at Gosforth Park for more than
120 years and is the centrepiece of a Newcastle racecard that is
worth a third of a million pounds.
first part of the Plate Festival on Friday evening, when the feature
race is the Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup, is growing in popularity.
Last year saw a record evening crowd for Newcastle Racecourse of
13,000. With tickets already selling well, an attendance of some
15,000 is anticipated.
the racecourse has invested £80,000 this spring on permanent
toilets specifically for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate Festival
and the other major feature days at Newcastle Racecourse.
will also be enhancements to the refreshment villages to increase
the enjoyment and convenience for racegoers.
first races on Friday and Saturday 27 and 28 June are currently
due off at 6.45pm and 1.40pm respectively. Gates open at 4pm and
11.30am respectively. Tickets for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure
are £12 for Friday and £15 for Saturday and for the
Premier Enclosure £20 and £25.
Accompanied children under 16 enter free. Senior citizens, disability
pensioners, 16-18 year olds and students with appropriate identification,
get a £2 discount into each enclosure.
More details about racing at Newcastle are available on web site
The racecourse can be contacted on 0191 236 2020.