In normal circumstances, the gates at Warwick Racecourse would be opened on New Year’s Eve to the largest crowd of the year. However, the Thursday fixture will be run behind closed doors, enjoyed only by owners with runners on the day.
The first race of seven is at 12.16 pm.
Whilst Local Parking Services will continue their long association with the meeting, as the principal sponsor, four races will carry the name of the Jonjo O’Neill Racing Club.
Andre Klein, General Manager of Warwick Racecourse said: “We are delighted to welcome the Jonjo O'Neill Racing Club as a sponsor at Warwick. The Club was launched earlier this month and gives members a range of tremendous benefits including complimentary badges when one of the two Club horses run, visits to the iconic Jackdaws Castle to watch the horses work on the gallops and a share of prize money won during the year.
“It's a huge disappointment to all involved that we won't be able to provide the usual pre-Hogmanay celebrations at the popular fixture. However, we are sure the racing will be fantastic quality and we look forward to welcoming spectators back on course once it is safe to do so” said Andre Klein, General Manager of Warwick Racecourse.” He added.
The colours carried by the club horses will be familiar to racing fans; the red sleeves and hat with McIntye tartan body of famous hurdler, Sea Pigeon, winner of two Champion Hurdles, two Scottish Champion Hurdles, a Welsh Champion Hurdle, two Chester Cups and the Tote Ebor.
“The whole team at Warwick hope Jonjo O'Neil, who rode Sea Pigeon, can bring the colours further success in the future”. Andre Klein concludes.
The racing on New Year’s Eve at Warwick can be watched live on Racing TV. (Sky Channel 426).
The cost of annual membership of the racing group is £99. Full details can be viewed at www.jonjooneillracingclub.co.uk