10th anniversary of Rock at the Races
With the summer season in full swing, Perth Racecourse is gearing up for the hugely popular Rock at the Races meeting, part of the Mackie’s Summer Series. Guests at the event on Tuesday July 26 can enjoy a thrilling evening of top-class horse racing followed by one of Scotland’s most exuberant live acts, pipe-rock band The Dangleberries.
Celebrating the 10th year of Rock at the Races, The Dangleberries show promises a real party atmosphere, and the ten-strong band will entertain the crowd with their fusion of traditional ceilidh band sounds with driving good-time rock.
They’ll play an hour long set in front of the Nelson Stand once the final race of the evening passes the winning post at around 9.15pm. Previous acts to play at Perth Racecourse include The Commitments, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Drifters.
A pipe band like no other, Castle Douglas’ Dangleberries formed in September 2001 and have performed across the country at various music festivals, including Belladrum, the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh as well as regular main stage sets at Wickerman. This will be their first appearance at Perth Racecourse.
Hazel Peplinski, chief executive of Perth Racecourse, said: “We’ve been running the Rock at the Races for a decade now and it’s created a special vibe for this evening fixture that falls amidst the music festival season in Scotland. Value-for-money entertainment offering exciting jump racing, a sing-song to live music and a few beers could be the order of the day for either locals or those on their holidays in Perthshire.”
“We are expecting another two days of very competitive racing next week with strong entries already having been received for the excellent prize-money which exceeds £100,000. We have noticed the number of horses travelling to Perth has jumped up dramatically. This could be partly due to the travelling stable staff relishing the improvement in equine logistics on site brought about by the new stable yard and Lodge accommodation; they love it so much they don’t want to leave!”
Rock at the Races on Tuesday evening is followed by afternoon racing on the Wednesday. Ticket holders will be treated to seven top class jump races on each day and once again the entries look exceptionally strong with plenty of interest from a host of Irish trainers as well those throughout the UK.
These two remaining July fixtures set the scene for the CLIC Sargent Carnival Raceday next month, the biggest raceday of the season. A great party atmosphere with dancers, magicians and street performers, the meeting on Saturday August 20 is one not to be missed. Ticket sales are going fast for this last chance to enjoy summer racing before the closing September fixtures wrap up a fabulous season.
Under 18s go free to all race meetings at Perth Racecourse. Adult tickets are available from £18 online at www.perth-races.co.uk
Gates for Rock at the Races (Tuesday July 26) open at 4.30pm with the first race scheduled for 6pm, and the last race at 9pm.
Gates for the Wednesday July 27 Race Meeting open at noon with the first race scheduled for 2.10pm, with the last race starting at 5.40pm.