ALL SAINTS TO HEADLINE MUSIC SHOWCASE SATURDAY

One of the best known all girl bands of all time, All Saints, are set to play York Racecourse on Music Showcase Saturday, 29 July.

All Saints (Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie & Nicole Appleton) were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1990s, with two multi-platinum albums and record sales in excess of 12 million worldwide. Their debut album, ‘All Saints’ went 5x platinum and produced 3 number-one singles, including the double BRIT award-winning ‘Never Ever’ which ended up selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK. The band returned with a new album, “Red Flag” and are back performing live to rave reviews.

To book visit yorkracecourse.co.uk<http://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk>; admission to the main Grandstand and Paddock enclosure, starts at just £24 per person for a group of six.* Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge and as well as free car parking, there are no booking fees.

On the racecourse itself, the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes will be the £120,000 centerpiece of a seven race card, with a first race time of 1.55pm.

It promises to be a fun filled July for racing and music fans as there are four other racedays scheduled for this popular month; which gets under way with a brand new date for the York Calendar, Saturday 1 July, when Olly Murs will be the headline act. A fortnight later the traditional highlight of the 58th John Smith’s Cup Meeting (Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July) will entertain the crowds.

Just the evening before, Friday 28 July, Jess Glynne will have been on the Knavesmire stage, after an evening of racing.

James Brennan, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship said:

‘Everyone at the course is really excited now that we have finalised an exciting Music act that will sit alongside our races. I’m delighted that we will be welcoming Melanie, Shaznay, Natalie & Nicole to York. This year’s lineup offers performers who have been stars across two decades and promises to be a real treat. Add in the spectacle of the racing itself and we hope these will prove summer days to savour.’

The tickets for All Saints officially go on sale at 9am on Wednesday19 April and music and racing fans alike can take advantage of some attractive deals by visiting www.yorkracecourse<http://www.yorkracecourse>.co.uk or calling 01904 620911.

TOWN MOOR TURF TO BE PAINTED PURPLE FOR YORKSHIRE CANCER CHARITY

Weston Park Cancer Charity and Hospital is once again painting the town purple as it hosts a special race day at the town’s iconic Racecourse on Friday 2nd June.

As part of the charity’s ongoing fundraising efforts, racegoers will be able to unite at Doncaster Racecourse and enjoy an evening of top class racing and entertainment as the town moor turf adopts the velvety undertones of the colour purple – the colours of the charity.

“Last year many racegoers wore purple in support of Weston Park and we hope that this year’s crowd will do the same again,” said Abby Chandler Group Marketing Manager Arena Leisure Corporation. “It promises to be a lovely early summer’s evening with a fantastic mix of quality racing and entertainment coupled with a fantastic atmosphere.  And, visitors can be assured that by enjoying an evening out they are also supporting a hugely important charity that not only cares for people with cancer but is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England.”

In addition to a packed race card, visitors can enjoy music from the PYT’s after racing. A 6-piece contemporary band that performs an exhilarating combination of rock, pop, funk and soul to get everyone in the party mood.

Darren Hayes Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity commented; “Last year’s inaugural race day was a fantastic evening for everyone concerned and we hope that this year’s will be equally well supported. We ask the people of the region to come out and join us to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support the local cancer network. The evening promises to be another showcase for the charity and a chance for people to make the effort to support us and have a great night.”

In support of the evening Doncaster Racecourse has donated 2,000 Grandstand tickets to Weston Park Cancer Charity.  The tickets worth £16 each will be available to the charity’s patients for the event on Friday 2nd June.

Gates open at 4.30pm with the first race taking place at 6.20pm. The final race of the evening commences at 8.50pm.

For further information and to buy tickets visit http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixture/spring-afternoon-racing-3/.  Patients can call Weston Park Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370 for tickets.

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STAR TRAINERS GO HEAD TO HEAD AT THIRSK

STAR TRAINERS Richard Fahey and David O’Meara will go head-to-head in the two feature races on a high quality card to mark the opening day of Thirsk’s 2017 season on Saturday.

The pair come up against each other in a cracking renewal of the EBFstallions.com Michael Foster Stakes, a race, which commemorates the long-serving director and former chairman of the North Yorkshire course, and lock horns again in the New “Cherry Tree” Racegoers Package Handicap.

In the Michael Foster Fahey’s Rene Mathis, who was second in the race last year, is up against O’Meara’s group race performer Custom Cut in what promises to be a fascinating clash, although it nearly didn’t happen with Fahey making a last minute decision to run.

“I was a bit worried about the opposition and it was 50-50 an hour before declarations, but when just three were declared and the race reopened, I had another look and decided to give it a go” said Fahey.

The Malton trainer certainly knows what it takes to win as he has an outstanding record in the race with three winners in the past 10 years, while his runners have made the frame in six of the other seven runnings. The one exception was 2010 when Fahey wasn’t represented.

With over 30 winners on the board already this season and a team in form as evidenced by a Beverley double on Wednesday, Fahey has high hopes that Rene Mathis will go one better after chasing home Kevin Ryan’s Kelinni last year.

Although Ryan is represented by Mount Tahan, who was fifth in the Spring Mile at Doncaster last time, the main threat looks to be O’Meara’s Custom Cut, who has been plying his trade in group races. He was beaten a neck when third in the group three Diomed Stakes at Epsom last June and was placed in both the Strensall Stakes at York and the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.

“Custom Cut is in good form following his run in the Doncaster Mile last time and I have no worries about dropping him back to seven furlongs” said O’Meara.

It will be the first time Custom Cut has run over a trip shorter than a mile since he was tenth in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in 2015.

Fahey and O’Meara go head-to-head again in the Cherry Tree with Gabrial’s King and Saved By The Bell, although both may be trumped by Tim Easterby’s Mukhayyam, who Is sure to improve for a recent run at Catterick.

Off the track, there will be live music throughout the day supplied by The White Ties and lots for younger racegoers to enjoy in the Family Enclosure.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure costs £26 (£24 if booked online ahead of the day), while Paddock admission can be obtained for £16 (£15 online). There are also great reductions for group bookings while, as always, adult accompanied children under 18 get in free. For more information go to www.thirskracecourse.net

Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 1.50pm.