THOUSANDS of students are set to descend on Nottingham Racecourse for the opening evening fixture of the Flat racing season at Colwick Park.
The race meeting on Saturday 20 April is Newcomers’ Night … but it’s also a Students’ Night organised by student Hollie Watts aimed at introducing a younger generation to the thrill of a day at the races.
All holders of National Union of Students cards will be given free admission to the racecourse.
Lined up for the evening, when funds are being raised for charity Racing Welfare, are:
Ø ‘It’s a Jock Out’ – inter-varsity university time trial races over an inflatable obstacle course, simulated races on a mechanical racehorse;
Ø A charity race over five furlongs with 12 amateur riders who are either current students or graduates;
Ø A students’ bar.
The university whose students raise the most money for Racing Welfare, the charity which helps the sport’s unsung heroes and heroines, the stable staff who look after the nation’s racehorses, will be declared the winner.
Every visitor will also be able to enjoy the Newcomers’ Night activities which include behind-the-scenes tours, tipster sessions, trips to the start of the races and the chance to meet retired racehorses.
Pip Kirkby, the racecourse’s general manager, said: “Our annual Newcomers’ Night at Colwick Park is always a popular occasion and we are delighted that thousands of students will be joining us free of charge for what will be a fantastically exciting evening’s racing with all m
anner of off-course entertainments.”
More information about the Students’ Night can be found on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ItsAJockOut#!/ItsAJockOut. There are also updates on Twitter at @ItsAJockOut.
The first race of seven on Saturday 20 April is scheduled for 5.30pm, with admission gates open from 3.30pm. The finale is at 8pm.
There is a big 25ft by 25ft video screen to make viewing more enjoyable.
Sophie Davis – Editor