Warwick Racecourse’s next fixture will feature a chance to hear from one of England’s most famous rugby stars.
Mike Tindall, who was part of England’s Rugby World Cup winning squad in 2003, will be the special guest at the Business Networking Raceday on Friday, November 10.
Businesses will have the opportunity to hear from Tindall, discussing his sporting career and life in horse racing at the networking event in the Paddock Pavilion, before enjoying a packed afternoon of racing.
The former England centre and captain was part of the syndicate that owned Monbeg Dude, which won the Welsh Grand National in 2012 and came third in the 2015 Grand National.
His wife Zara Phillips is an accomplished equestrian, having won the European and World eventing titles as well as a silver medal as part of the British eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics.
He said: “Horse racing is a real passion of mine so I’m really looking forward to visiting Warwick Racecourse and getting the opportunity to speak there.”
The third fixture of the season at the racecourse will feature an outstanding line-up of jumps action, with seven top races taking place during the afternoon.
There will also be a competition running for businesses following Tindall’s talk, with the chance to win a ‘Business Meeting with a Difference’ at Warwick.
The prize will include free meeting room hire in the Paddock Suites for up to 12 people, with lunch, free car parking and a tour of the course by Warwick Racecourse General Manager Andre Klein.
Andre said: “It’s brilliant to be welcoming a sportsman of Mike Tindall’s calibre here to Warwick Racecourse.
“The networking event has been a huge success since it began in 2015. It’s a great opportunity to meet with individuals from businesses in the region and make new connections.”
Tickets for the business networking package cost £35 and include hearing from Tindall, a tipster talk, tea and coffee on arrival, hog roast, all-day access to the Paddock Pavilion and a full afternoon of racing.
Gates open at 10.50am, with the guest talk at 11.45am. The first race starts at 12.50pm, with the last underway at 3.50pm. Advance general admission tickets start from £12.50 and are available from www.warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk
PICTURE CAPTION: Mike Tindall, the special guest at the Business Networking Raceday, and Monbeg Dude.
Notes to Editors
Warwick Racecourse is one of the oldest racecourses in the country and the first to stage a jump race as part of a racecard in 1831, effectively establishing the National Hunt sport. In 2014, it became an all-jumps track with a five-year plan to become one of the UK’s leading small jumps courses. Dan Skelton, one of the country’s brightest young National Hunt trainers, is its ambassador.
Attendances for 2016 (41,604) were up 28 per cent on the previous year – the biggest like for like percentage increase in attendances of any racecourse in the country.
Fixture highlights include the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle), Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase and Grade 3 handicap Betfred Classic Chase.
High-quality racing takes place on weekdays and weekends, and afternoons and evenings, from September to May, with a range of meetings to appeal to racing regulars and newcomers alike. More information is available at www.warwickracecourse.co.uk
Warwick Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years.
Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the leading racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2015: £174.2m), attendances (2015: 1.95m), total prize money (2015: £43.9m), contribution to prize money (2015: £19.9m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. More information is available at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.