Saturday 15th February 2020
- Quality seven races racecard, including The Betway Kingwell Hurdle, watch history being made
- Discounted tickets for groups of 6+ so gather your friends and family together for a day out at the races
- A variety of food and drink options available, both indoor and outdoor
- Free entry for under 18s, when attending with a full paying adult
- Upgrade your day with hospitality, from £115 per person
- Free official onsite parking
- Live music from popular local Jazz band The Hipcats
Please note, you cannot bring dogs to the racecourse.
It’s a race that attracts the best two-mile hurdlers in the business - the Lionel Messi’s of football or the Jonathan Davies of Rugby Union – and in The Betway Kingwell Hurdle they’ll be putting their Championship credentials on the line ahead of The Festival™ presented by Magners.
Many winners of the race go onto race in the Unibet Champion Hurdle on Day One of The Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, including the diminutive Katchit in 2008.
With a role call of winners that reads like a who’s who of racing – Inglis Drever, Bula, Lanzarote, Yanworth, Binocular, Hors La Loi III - it’s no surprise that the race is held in the highest regard by jockeys and trainers alike.
The seven-time champion jockey John Francome won the race in 1976 on Lanzarote, and Richard Pitman’s steered Bula to victory in 1971 and was on Lanzarote when he won in 1974 and 1975. More recently, Jeremy Scott saddled Melodic Rendezvous to win in 2014.
Paul Nicholls, who has saddled the winner three times, said: “It’s a good race at the right time of year and a great for Somerset racegoers to see horses of this calibre on their doorstep. It was a sweet day when Rigmarole won in 2004 as he was owned by the then Wincanton Chairman Mark Woodhouse.”
Whoever lifts The Kingwell Hurdle crown, another great name will be added to the annals as Somerset plays it part in creating racing history.
Our complimentary bus service will transport racegoers from Templecombe Train Station. The coach will depart the train station after the 11:43am arrives from Exeter and the 11:25am train arrives from London. The coach leaves the Racecourse at 5:30pm, returning back to Templecombe Train Station.