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Aug 20, 2013


With the end of the summer holidays fast approaching, horseracing fans are in for a treat at Newton Abbot Racecourse with two sets of back-to-back fixtures taking place at the course between Wednesday 21st August and Sunday 1st September.

The course will host evening fixtures on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August, the first evening fixture to take place since the triumphant Ladies’ Day fixture in June. As part of the evening double, the course will be holding a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for horseracing novices or enthusiasts to go behind the scenes on a raceday and learn more about what happens and what to look out for.

The behind-the-scenes experience is open to twenty five racegoers who register their place by Monday 19th August. As part of the session, they will be taken on a tour around the course, walking the route that the horses take from the stables to the track, see the fences up-close and visit the front of the weighing room.

They’ll also be given a talk on how to read the racecard, how bets are placed and what to look for in a horse as it walks around the Parade Ring. To finish the experience, the group will also be taken into the Parade Ring to choose the best turned out horses in the evening’s races and present the prizes to the winning connections.

Discussing the forthcoming fixtures, Patrick Masterson, said: “We’ve got a bumper fortnight of fixtures to really celebrate the end of the summer holidays with a bang. With the fixtures taking place in the evenings and at the weekend, hopefully it will allow as many as possible to come and enjoy the end of summer with us at the course.

“The behind-the-scenes experience is a fantastic opportunity for those that are new to the sport. We hope that the lucky racegoers will learn a lot more about the world of horseracing and will become familiar faces at the course.”

Those who would like to take part in the behind-the-scenes tour are asked to reserve their place by Monday 19th August. The experience will be given at no extra cost to those who purchase a Paddock Enclosure ticket.

The first of the evening’s racing on Wednesday 21st takes place at 5:40pm, with the first race on Thursday 22nd taking place at 5:25pm. Children aged 16 and under, plus students with a valid student ID or NUS card can enjoy free entry.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 01626 353235. Tickets will also be available on the gate on the day.