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ITV Racing on course this Saturday, 7th January!

Press Release 4th January 2017 Wincanton

British racing welcomes a new terrestrial partner in the form of ITV Racing and this Saturday (7th January) selected Wincanton races will be broadcast live on ITV4 with Rishi Persad on-course.

The soft going has attracted a bumper 143 entries in the six racecard with the first race scheduled at 12:55pm.

Saturday’s fixture (7/1/17) celebrates Newcomer’s Day and offers multiple weighing room and course tours, plus a variety of parade ring interviews with sporting folk from a trainer and jockey; to a valet and a betting explained insight.

Gates open at 10:30am with the first complimentary tour starting at 11:30am.

Wincanton’s second January meeting on Thursday, 19th sees the return of the Higos Insurance Services Somerset National. This feature race is run over three miles and two furlongs and is a nice pointer for future staying chasers with the Grand National in their long-term sights.

The Thursday fixture also sees Wincanton welcome their one enclosure entry price of £12 per person (advance booking) and £14 on the day entry for six competitive contests that will be supported by the country’s best trainers from Paul Nicholls to Colin Tizzard.

Gates open at 11:30am with tickets available on 0344 579 3014 or visit

Huw Williams, General Manager of Wincanton Racecourse, said: “Wincanton concluded 2016 with a 10,000 strong crowd on Boxing Day and celebrated jockey Andrew Thornton achieving his 1000th winner on course.

“We warmly welcome 2017 that will see Wincanton celebrate our very own 150th birthday.

“We have many activities planned to mark this landmark with a summer highlight being Jess Glynne playing live at Wincanton on Saturday, 1st July.”

Tickets for Jess Glynne can be purchased online at  

About Wincanton Racecourse:

Wincanton Racecourse is situated in the heart of Somerset – home to rural jump racing. Wincanton stages 18 meetings each season.  Please find more details at and through Twitter (@WincantonRaces) and Facebook 


Wincanton Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2015: £174.2m), attendances (2015: 1.95m), total prize money (2015: £43.9m), contribution to prize money (2015: £19.9m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at


For further information please contact:

Hannah Walker, Wincanton Racecourse on 07971 598287 or


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