Ambitious plans to turn Towcester into the Royal Ascot of greyhound racing have become a reality – with the sport’s biggest race coming to the track.
The £175,000 Star Sports Greyhound Derby is the pinnacle of the sport, with thousands of race-goers from Milton Keynes set to flock to Towcester on Saturday, July 1 to enjoy top-class action.
Six greyhounds from across the UK and Ireland will go head-to-head for the chance to be crowned the 2017 champion and the race is the biggest ever to be staged at Towcester.
Towcester chief executive Kevin Ackerman said: “Staging the Greyhound Derby is a huge honour for Towcester. When we first opened the track in 2014 we said we wanted to be the best in Britain – three years on we’re holding the biggest race in the world.”
The event will feature a live DJ set from Northamptonshire-based DJ Jo Whiley while a huge range of themed bars and a street food ‘village’ will help create an unforgettable experience for the thousands of people attending.
Two roaming bands, Silk Street Jazz and The Ukes of Hazard, will entertain the crowds throughout the evening, making their way through the enclosures to add to the party atmosphere.
A record crowd is expected, with eight 80-seater coaches being laid on to provide free transport from Milton Keynes and Northampton. These can be booked on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is also available at the Racecourse.
Mr Ackerman added: “A night at the races is always an occasion to remember but this is a chance to be part of something special – a chance to see history made – and we can’t wait to see the best dogs in the world at Towcester.
“It’s going to be one big party from start to finish and everyone’s invited.”
Tickets, priced £20 for adults, are available to buy now at www.towcester-racecourse.co.uk while admission for under 16s is free. Hospitality packages including a four-course meal and private bar are available by calling 01327 353414.
The Greyhound Derby in numbers
£350,000 – Total prize money for the big race, with £175,000 going to the winner.
25,000 – The number of pints expected to be drunk at the event.
10,000 – The number of people expected to flock to Towcester to watch the race.
29 – The number of seconds the big race is likely to last. It’s fast and it’s furious!
14 – The number of races on the bumper card, giving you plenty of chances to have a flutter and pick a winner.