Golf Perthshire Raceday is par for the (race)course
With golfing fever sweeping the nation in the wake of an incredible 147th Open Championship at nearby Carnoustie, Perth Racecourse is bringing the famous Scottish sport back to the racetrack.
After the success of its debut last season, the Golf Perthshire Raceday swings back into action for 2018, taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 August and bringing together two of Perth’s most popular sporting pursuits for punters and putters alike.
With £70,000 worth of prize money on offer, there will be seven competitive races on the day with each sponsored by a different local Perthshire golf club, including the £16,000 Class 3 Gleneagles Handicap Chase over 2Miles 4 furlongs.
As well as top class action on the track, there will also be putting challenges for racegoers to put their golfing skills to the test. For those who like a traditional Scottish tipple as well as teeing off, Famous Grouse will also be hosting a sampling event throughout the day.
The racecourse is also offering all members of any of the 26 Perthshire Golf Clubs a generous 50% discount when purchasing Grandstand tickets, which they will be able to redeem online.
Hazel Peplinksi, chief executive at Perth Racecourse, said: “Last year’s debut Golf Perthshire Raceday was a resounding success, with fantastic action on and off the track. It was at this meeting last year that Richard Johnson rode a double, and with the jockey’s championship already boiling up nicely he shall be hoping for similar success here next week.
“As an avid golfer myself it’s great to bring together two of the country’s finest sports, helping to showcase horseracing to a whole new audience and vice versa. It’s particularly apt that the meeting takes place during Women and Girls Golf Week and we’re thrilled to work with a like-minded organisation who are just as keen to support diversity within their sport.”
Allan Minto, project manager at Golf Perthshire said: “It was a pleasure working with Perth Racecourse last year to bring this event to life, and it’s exciting to be back for 2018. The Open Championship brought us another outstanding tournament earlier this month, so there’s no better time to host our unique golf-themed meeting.”
The Golf Perthshire Raceday follows Perth’s evening fixture on Tuesday (31 July). The Race Evening will not only include a thrilling seven-race card and a host of delicious local produce for racegoers to enjoy, but also feature live music from homegrown band, Strike a Chord.
Perth’s annual Summer Carnival, taking place on Saturday 18 August, marks the final weekend meeting of the season. After a sell out last year, and with tickets already going fast, racegoers are urged to book now to avoid disappointment.
Grandstand tickets for both the Race Evening and Golf Perthshire Raceday are priced at £20.00, with all under 18’s going free. Members of any of the 26 Perthshire Golf Clubs can redeem their 50% discount online.
Gates for the Race Evening open at 4.30pm, with the first race scheduled for 5.45pm and the last at 9pm.
Gates for the Golf Perthshire Raceday open at 12noon, with the first race scheduled for 2pm and the last at 5.25pm.