HORSE RACING: Huntingdon Racecourse chief hopes reduced admission deal will see spectators flock to midweek fixtures

Action at Huntingdon Racecourse.

Action at Huntingdon Racecourse. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Racecourse has launched a midweek crowd drive ahead of its first fixture of the year.

The track will stage 18 meetings during 2017, starting with a six-race card tomorrow (Friday). It is one of 10 to fall on a weekday and they’ve been branded as #GoRacing Days.

Huntingdon general manager Liam Johnson has introduced the discounted adult admission price of £10 in advance and £15 on the day for all of them. He is keen to pull in the punters on a regular basis.

Johnson said: “We want to see as many people on track for every fixture and we hope the introduction of this bargain price will prove popular.”

The feature race on Friday is the Equimark Horseboxes Chatteris Fen Sport Pro Juvenile Hurdle at 2.50pm.

It’s a two-mile race worth £20,000 and seen as a trial for the Cheltenham Festival.

That will be followed by what should be a good quality novice chase over two miles and three furlongs half-an-hour later.

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The card gets under way at 1.20pm but will have to pass an 8am inspection with possible snow and overnight temperatures below zero being forecast.

The other dates featuring in the #GoRacing Days programme are January 27, February 9, February 23, March 15, April 3, April 28, October 5, October 17 and November 14.