Wed, Mar 4, 2015
All the facts (and figures) are starting to add-up to another memorable day of racing at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday 14 March, when more than 16,000 people will once again converge on the famous Staffordshire course for a full race-card of 8 races, including the one-and-only Betfred Midlands Grand National.
While the racecourse itself measures 1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs, the Midlands Grand National is an endurance race over 4 miles, one furlong and 110 yards. It has been won for the last 4 years by trainer David Pipe.
The total prize fund, which helps to make this such a tremendous "day at the races" is £166,000 - of which £100,000, alone, will be on offer to the owners of the 20 horses involved in this year's year Midlands Grand National.
Up in the stands, 1,118 three-course meals will be served to the guests enjoying full hospitality; while - all around the racecourse - an estimated 5,256 glasses of champagne will be quaffed from 876 bottles; 12,564 glasses of wine will be poured from 2,094 bottles; and 50,000 pints of beer will be pulled.
More than 85 race horses will be comfortably accommodated in Uttoxeter's 102 stables; while around 50 jockeys will jostle for position both in the weighing room, and out on the course itself.
And more than 420 staff - including stewards, hospitality, management, security, vets, officials, tote and bookmakers - will help to ensure that everyone at this year's event will be kept thoroughly entertained and most of all safe.
It's one of the most colourful and spectacular days out on the annual Midlands calendar and the second largest steeplechase in the UK, after the Aintree Grand National.
Away from the course itself, a full programme of entertainment and activities will include everything from a strong line-up of local bands, to Titan the Robot. Best of all, perhaps, the well-known radio and TV pundit Derek "Tommo" Thompson has agreed to pass-on his knowledge to race-goers in the parade ring during a not-to-be-missed guide to all of the runners and riders in this year's star race.
Entrance to this year's Betfred Midlands Grand National starts from £14 but a full range of hospitality packages are also available. For further information and to book tickets online, visit www.uttoxeter-racecoure.co.uk (Tel: 01889 562561). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the entrance.