What's happening at Uttoxeter


Thu, Jun 23, 2011

The highlight of the summer jump racing calendar comes to Staffordshire on Sunday [26th June], with the Britannia English Summer National at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The 3m 4f Listed handicap chase is set to attract some of the country's top jockeys, trainers and horses to the racecourse.

As well as quality horseracing, it's being billed as a Family Fun Day and there will be a range of activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. In the centre course there will be inflatables, electric cars, penalty shoot outs and more. There will also be live music, with a Take That tribute band entertaining the crowd before racing begins.

David MacDonald, General Manager at Uttoxeter Racecourse said: "It's been a great start to the summer, with Ladies Night attracting a record number of visitors earlier this month and the Britannia Summer National is a big fixture in the racing calendar so should definitely attract a keen crowd of race-goers.

"Sunday will also be a special occasion at the racecourse for another reason, as our Parade Ring Manager Eric Coleman celebrates his 90th birthday. Eric has worked at Uttoxeter for 26 years and will be working on his birthday, which demonstrates the commitment and dedication he's given us over the years."

Eric said: "The Parade Ring is where jockeys and horses are shown to spectators before every race and where the winners receive their prizes. It helps to get the horses used to the crowds before racing and gives punters a chance to see them close up. My job involves making sure the horses all reach the Parade Ring in time for their race and making sure it's a safe environment.

"I can't ever imagine giving up work. The team I work with are very supportive and are like a family to me. Working gives me the chance to get out of the house every day and mix with people and the racecourse is set in beautiful countryside. I love horses and horseracing and it's become a hobby as well as a job over the years. Horseracing has grown into a real spectacle and a great family day out. It's the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that I love being a part of."

Gates open at 11.15am on Sunday with the first of seven races at 2.15pm and the last at 5.35pm. Tickets are priced from £9 in advance. For more information and to book tickets visit

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Charlotte Beeching