Get down to Hamilton Park for a ding-dong night of top racing and entertainment

Friday, 19 August 2016

IT’S thought to be the oldest sporting trophy in existence – but the Lanark Silver Bell isn’t losing any of its shine as thousands are set to flock to Hamilton Park Racecourse for the venue’s ninth running of the prestigious race.

Management at the premier Lanarkshire course are delighted to once again play host to the Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell Racenight with music from Dirty Harry on Friday 26 August.

The evening is of huge significance to the local area with the highlight of the evening the historic Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell Handicap Stakes (Class 3) and its £26,000 prize pot.

The trophy dates back to 1165 when it was thought to have been gifted to the people of Lanark by King William ‘The Lion’ of Scotland.
Racing Manager Sulekha Varma – who is currently enjoying her first season at Hamilton Park – said: “It is exciting to run a race with such a rich history at Hamilton Park and I am looking forward to overseeing my first running of the Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell.

“It is a notoriously competitive race so the winner will have to show a combination of speed and stamina over the one and half mile trip to be successful.

“Trainer Mark Johnston has an excellent record in the race, having won it five times since the race came to Hamilton Park in 2008. His horses will definitely be worth watching in this year’s contest.”

The original historic silverware will be on display on the night alongside the Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell trophy, commissioned and presented for the first time in 2012.

The event, backed by SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes, will also see the return of the hotly anticipated football mascot race, which was won last year by the racecourse’s very own mascot The Duke after he stunned the field and romped home in first place.

Taking to the stage after the race will be top tribute act Dirty Harry, who will wow crowds with their renditions of Blondie classics.

Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “The historic Lanark Silver Bell has huge significance for the people of Lanarkshire as well as the Scottish sporting and racing fraternity.

“It is always a very popular night with the punters and people looking for a good night out. With tribute act Dirty Harry taking to the stage and the return of the mascot race we are sure to have some top action on and off the track.

“There are still another four fixtures left in what has been a fantastic season - including the hotly anticipated Totepool Music Festival Racenight and Totepool September Holiday Family Raceday with The Force Academy.”

Gates to the action packed evening open at 3pm with the first race taking place at 5.20pm. Dirty Harry will take to the stage after the last race. Children under-18 go free. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

The course will also throw open its gates this Thursday 18 August for the Scottish Trophy Racenight.

For more information on Hamilton Park Racecourse’s facilities and fixtures visit or call 01698 283809 for full details and to take advantage of advance booking discounts,



Hamilton Park Racecourse is an award-winning horse racing destination, with a first class season of fixtures and so much more. As well as offering top racing action from May to September, the venue offers exciting entertainment and themed days and nights, truly offering something for everyone. From family days and the famous Lanark Silver Bell event, to the legendary Saints and Sinners Racenight and Ladies’ Nights featuring leading DJs, bands and entertainers, Hamilton Park Racecourse is a must-visit for a great day or night out.