MUSSELBURGH Racecourse is using a carat and stick approach to lure the top stables to Saturday’s (2 June) Totepool Edinburgh Cup meeting and boost attendance.
With £150,000 in prize money and a £5,500 one carat diamond prize for the best-dressed race goer, the East Lothian course is going all out celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend festival.
Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, is delighted with the quality of entries which he says could provide a right royal battle between north and south based stables.
In the £20,000 toteplacepot Edinburgh Castle Conditions Stakes – a prep race for two year old Royal Ascot candidates – 11 of the 14 entries have recorded wins this season and all will be looking to emulate last year’s winner, Frederick Engels, which followed up his Musseburgh victory with success in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
With 44 entries for the £40,000 totescoop6 Scottish Sprint Cup to be whittled down to 17, most of the major northern stables are competing for Musselburgh’s premier sprint handicap.
And in the feature race, the £50,000 totepool.com Edinburgh Cup, Newmarket’s finest includes entries from Saeed Bin Suroor, Michael Bell and Sir Mark Prescott, lining up against northern regulars Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and Alan Swinbank.
Bill Farnsworth said: “We have some great quality fields lined up for Saturday and looking at the Edinburgh Cup 16 of the 20 entries are proven winners which underlines the quality of this race.
“This event traditionally features some excellent stayers who go on to great things, including the 2010 winner Harris Tweed which is now preparing for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.
“We can see a proper north/south divide in the entries but that is great news for racing fans and with a crowd of 7,000 expected there will be a cracking atmosphere on Saturday.”
Adding sparkle to the Jubilee weekend, Musselburgh is putting up a one carat diamond piece of jewellery valued at £5,500 to the best dressed woman – or man – and those disappointed at missing out on tickets for the sell-out Ladies Day meeting on 15 June can dress to impress.
Four of Musselburgh’s races will be screened live on Channel 4 and the racecourse will also show live the Investec Derby from Epsom. Gates open at 11.30am and the first race is at 1.55pm.
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