'BACK A WINNER BY TRAIN' provides even better value for racegoers in 2009.

Wednesday 25 March 2009

Racegoers can start the British Flat season on a winning streak by travelling by train and saving money on course admission and the cost of a bet with totepool.

Anyone travelling by train to ten selected racecourses throughout the North and Scotland are on to a sure-fire winner with The ‘Back a Winner by Train’ promotion for 2009.

The popular scheme enables customers to obtain discounted admission into the Grandstand/Paddock/County Enclosures at the participating racecourses – and for 2009 the discount has been increased to £4 at all racecourses apart from York which remains at £3, but includes (for the first time) the prestigious four-day Ebor Festival in August.

The scheme runs from the opening meeting of the 2009 British Flat season on turf at Doncaster on Saturday and Sunday, 28 & 29 March and concludes on December 29.

Now in its 23rd year, the promotion continues to be backed by train operator, First TransPennine Express and offers racegoers discount vouchers into the Grandstand/Paddock enclosures at Beverley, Carlisle, Cartmel, Doncaster, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh Newcastle, Redcar, Thirsk and York.

To complement the savings on admission, racegoers have the opportunity of obtaining £2 off a toteplacepot bet of £5 or more. This will be part of the voucher racegoers receive when buying tickets at selected stations throughout the North and Scotland when they go racing by train.

David Crocker, marketing manager, First TransPennine Express, says “We are delighted to support this increasingly popular promotion in its twenty-third year, which now offers even better value for money. We believe racegoers appreciate the advantages of taking the train and having a great time without worrying about driving.”

Attached Photograph shows ‘Tommy Ticket’ with Hannah Creelman from First TransPennine Express unveiling the new ‘Back a Winner by Train’ campaign station poster.

Contact: GRAHAM ORANGE (P.R. Manager – ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’) 01937 580051
DAVID MALLENDER (P.R. Manager – First TransPennine Express) 01904 522122

First TransPennine Express – run by First Group plc in partnership with Keolis SA – operates inter-city services on three main routes:
North TransPennine – including Newcastle to Manchester Airport; Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport; Scarborough to Liverpool and Hull to Manchester Piccadilly.
South TransPennine from Cleethorpes via Doncaster and Sheffield to Manchester Airport.
North West and Scotland from Windermere, Barrow-in-Furness and Blackpool North via Preston and Bolton to Manchester Airport; Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Manchester Airport.
Destinations served by First TransPennine Express include Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Northallerton, Thirsk, York, Malton, Scarborough, Hull, Selby, Leeds, Huddersfield, Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Meadowhall, Doncaster, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Lancaster, Preston, Bolton, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Warrington and Liverpool.


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