Wednesday 2 October 2013

The totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy – one of the most valuable races in the UK for juveniles – heads a quality 7-race programme at Redcar this Saturday (October 5), which is scheduled to begin at 1-40 p.m.


First held in 1989, the prestigious totepool Two-year-Old Trophy offers guaranteed prize money of £150,000 and is one of a pair of Listed races on Saturday’s card. Contested over the straight six furlongs, the race is once again supported by totepool and is sure to attract the maximum field of 23 from an original entry of 288 made back in April.
The Two-year-Old Trophy has been won in the past by top-class horses such as Somnus, Captain Rio, Pipalong, Peak To Creek and Ladies Are Forever, while the 2008 winner Total Gallery went on to land the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp. The last three winners were all trained in Yorkshire – Ladies Are Forever (2010), Bogart (2011) and last year’s heroine, Body And Soul. Ladies Are Forever – owned and bred by Yorkshire businessman, Reg Bond and trained at Malton by Geoff Oldroyd – has gone on to land the Group 3 Summer Stakes at York on two occasions – 2011 and again this year.
Saturday’s strong card also features The Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Straight-Mile Championship Final. This £20,000 Handicap contest is the culmination of a series of qualifying races held at Redcar throughout the summer over the straight mile, while the eleventh running of The Guisborough Stakes as a Listed race over seven furlongs offers record prize money of £40,000 and is supported by both totepool and The European Breeders’ Fund.
Saturday’s opening race – a contest for maiden two-year-olds – is also supported by The European Breeders’ Fund in conjunction with British Stallion Studs, while regular sponsors, Market Cross Jewellers put their name to a Handicap contest over one mile and a quarter.
The big screen at Redcar will enable racegoers to view the proceedings on the track as well as showing the main races from Ascot and Newmarket.
Racegoers are also invited to join former jockey, Jimmy Bleasdale for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the racecourse, including a visit to the weighing room. The tour starts at 12-15 p.m. in front of the Petch Stand.
Attractions for youngsters during the afternoon in the Course Enclosure include bouncy castles, face painting, a magician and balloon modellers.
This major meeting comes soon after Redcar retained its award as the sports venue in north-east England with the best blooms. The track once again won a gold medal for its array of flowers in the recent ‘Northumbria in Bloom’ Awards.


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