Over 25,000 people braved the Autumnal weather this weekend to head for two days of action at Chester Racecourse. Friday was the start of the two day Autumn Festival and a very busy corporate hospitality for the racecourse as businesses flocked to enjoy the final weekday race meeting of 2010.
The Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series for Gentleman Amateur Riders, was well supported, with so many entries at Chester that the race was divided. The winner of the first division was Clumber Place ridden by Mr Simon Walker, who now leads the series going in to the final at Ascot on 24th September.
Racing on Saturday included the feature race; the Class 1 freebets Stand Cup, covered live by Channel 4, which was won by Harris Tweed, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Liam Jones Total attendance for Saturday was 16,724.
Richard Thomas, Chief Executive of Chester Race Company Ltd commented; ‘We are pleased with the attendance over the Autumn Festival, Friday was a brand new fixture for us and a very busy day in our private facilities. The weather affected the crowd numbers of Saturday but it was still a strong day for September. All of the team here are gearing up for a very special end of season celebration on Saturday 25th September – we’ve got fashion shows, parachutists, brass bands, soap stars, special offers and even some racing for good measure.’
Gates open at 11.30 on 25th September; first race is at 2.20pm. Tickets for all areas still available please call 01244 304 610 or visit chester-races.com for further information.
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