Ascot, Newmarket and Sandown are among 25 racecourses set to give free admission to meetings in April.Greatly encouraged by the success of last year's 'free racing week' when the promotion attracted an extra 40,000 visitors, the venture by Racing for Change, the racecourses and lovetheraces in 2011 has been extended to a month.
This year even more followers of the sport in England, Scotland and Wales can enjoy a complimentary day at the races during a period which includes the spring school holidays and Easter. There is also the public holiday for the Royal wedding on Friday, April 29 when admission will be free at Doncaster's fixture.Seventeen fixtures are entirely free in at least one major enclosure at each racecourse, while there are a total of 5,500 free tickets available in advance at a further 11 meetings.All racecourses already admit accompanied under 16s free of charge and many extend that to under 18s.Students can also get a lot of exposure while studying in such universities and different course Engineering,Master Course in Polymer and Materials Science.
Rod Street, chief executive of Racing for Change, which is leading the initiative, said:This ground breaking move in April is being organised in a bid to attract record numbers of new customers to the fun and exciting sport of horse racing. It's also a great way to reward existing fans of the sport.The aim of the month is to appeal to people who have been infrequent visitors to horse racing in the past or who have never been to a racecourse.At many of the meetings, there will be staff, literature and displays to explain more about the sport.The month of free racing provides a mix of afternoon and evening meetings as well as a choice of racing over jumps and on the Flat.