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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The race programme is set, the prize money is higher than ever and now the gates will officially open for the 2016 season at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Sunday 1 May with the Sodexo Family Raceday.

The event is the first of the ground breaking new season comprising 18 fantastic fixtures including the new Super Saturday series sponsored by Jordan Electrics.

Families across Scotland are invited to join in the celebrations with an event that combines top class racing with a host of free, fun-filled children’s activities that will have the little ones smiling from ear to ear. 

Youngsters can enjoy an array of free entertainment off the track including face painting, crazy golf, bucking bronco and bungee trampolines whilst the thrilling on track action is set to get the season’s championships underway.

The action packed opening day will feature a fantastic racecard with total prize money of £86,000 up for grabs, including the £28,000 British Stallions Studs EBF Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes (Class 2) and the £20,000 Totepool Buttonhook Handicap Stakes (Class 3), which is set to be broadcast live on Channel 4 Racing at 2.45pm. The 1000 Guineas, the 2nd British Classic of the year, will also be shown live from Newmarket around the course.

Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “Excitement is well and truly in the air at Hamilton Park right now. This is the day we have been building towards from the moment we finished our last meeting back in September. We have an opening day to remember and the Sodexo Family Raceday is just the start of what we’re sure will be our best season yet.

“We have increased overall prize money to its highest level ever, upgraded some key facilities including Red’s Wine Bar and put together an entertainment programme including celebrity talent that has been hand-picked to come to Hamilton Park with the aim of entertaining our crowds from start to finish.

“Our family raceday is the perfect way to start the new season and a great day out for the whole family, especially with our free admission policy for under 18’s – everyone is invited to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend with us”.

David Trotter, Account Director at Sodexo Prestige, who are lead sponsors of the event and catering partner at Hamilton Park, said: “The first race day of the season is always a great occasion. We’re proud of our role delivering first-class catering and hospitality at Hamilton Park Racecourse and look forward to kick starting a fantastic programme of racing, entertainment and of course, great food and drink.”

The Sodexo Family Raceday gets underway with gates opening at 12pm - the first race takes place at 1.40pm and the last at 5.05pm. Discounted tickets are priced at £19 when booked online in advance and are available now at www.hamilton-park.co.uk, or by calling 01698 283806. Children under-18 go free. (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult). Full tickets are also available on the day priced at £22.

An array of spectacular fixtures will be taking place at Hamilton Park Racecourse throughout the new 2016 season with the next event being the Route 74 Truckstop Braveheart Night with Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers on May 13th. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk.



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.