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Whilst the re-instatement works of the ground floor facilities at the Racecourse takes place during the autumn and winter months, we regret to inform you that your private facility in the Cromwell Stand will not be available as this will continue to be the location where jockeys and valets will be based.
We sincerely apologise for this disappointing news but hope that the following offerings may provide some compensation for you:
- Credit off your 2022/23 membership of £9 per fixture where the facility is not available.
- Complimentary drinks voucher at our Opening Fixture on Tuesday 5th October to be collected at the Annual Members entrance upon arrival.
- Use of 2020 Guest Tickets at our Tuesday 12th October and Tuesday 9th November fixtures – If you do not already have tickets or you possess 2019 Guest Tickets please collect/exchange them at the Annual Members Entrance – One per membership.
Please refer to the Huntingdon Flooding FAQ’s for details of the facilities that will be available.
Thursday 23rd September – Pontefract
Thursday 21st October – Newton Abbott
Wednesday 22nd September – Goodwood
Sunday 26th September – Epsom Downs
Wednesday 29th September - Nottingham
Friday 8th October - Newmarket
Friday 15th October – Fakenham / Haydock Park
Friday 22nd October – Cheltenham
Friday 29th October – Newmarket
Friday 5th November - Warwick
Thursday 11th November – Market Rasen
Sunday 28th November – Carlisle
Thursday 2nd December – Leicester
Thursday 9th December – Warwick
Tuesday 14th December - Wincanton
Thursday 16th December - Exeter
Investigation and discussions have continued throughout the course of the year to identify the best proposition for reinstating the facilities damaged by the flooding at Huntingdon Racecourse. We have been very fortunate that the areas integral for the operation of racing have been mostly unaffected, but as we move towards the return of spectators, it is important we make the best decision on the reinstatement of the public areas.
We are therefore working through a plan to ensure as many areas as possible are open to provide facilities for our key stakeholders when the new season begins. While work is ongoing, we apologise in advance that your experience may vary from previous visits. However, we are very confident that the racecourse and facilities we provide once the works are completed will be well received by all.
Many think that the summer months are a quiet period for the team here at Huntingdon. However, there is in fact a large number of tasks to complete in our “off season”. All of our nine fences are completely rebuilt and cut fresh ahead of the new season, 80 hurdle panels are repaired and re-birched and it is also the time of year when any ground renovations take place.
This summer we have carried out some drainage works to the back straight. It is a process called sand slitting and is designed to help reconnect the top soil with the pipework below. The flooding in the winter months can often leave silty deposits and this process helps to counteract the impact that has on the track.
The track at this time of year is also cut very short and scarified to remove any ‘thatch’ build up, allowing for new seed germination and creating a thick covering of grass for the season ahead.
- What does a normal day in your role involve? Most of my days are spent planning, organising, implementing and monitoring the operations of events, conferences and racing fixtures at Huntingdon.
- Where have you worked previously? Before joining Huntingdon in 2019 I worked at Newmarket Racecourse as an Operations Assistant.
- Do you have any hobbies? In my spare time I enjoy outdoor sports, skiing and finding a bargain at my local car boot sales.
- Which is your favourite raceday in the Huntingdon calendar? Peterborough Chase is my favourite fixture as it brings many talented horses to our track and they often go onto to big things.
- Do you have a favourite racehorse of all time? Cue Card would have to be my favourite horse of all time, I was lucky enough to witness him win the Betfair Ascot Chase in 2017!