Hamilton Park Racecourse
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Hamilton Park Racecourse logo
|Owned by||Hamilton Park Trust|
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|Notable Races||Glasgow Stakes|
Hamilton Park Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue in Hamilton, Scotland to the south of Glasgow. It is a flat racing venue, with a season which runs from May to September.
Racing has been staged in Hamilton since 1782 and it is now part of Scotland’s great sporting heritage. More than two centuries worth of punters have visited the course wanting to place a bet or simply just enjoy a grand day out at the races. History of Hamilton Park
Several landmark events in racing have occurred on Hamilton Park’s grounds. On July 18, 1947 it became the first course in Britain to stage an evening fixture while on May 8, 1971 the racecourse became the first to hold a morning meeting. These innovations would become commonplace for racecourses around the country.
The present racecourse opened in 1926 and since 1973 it has been owned by the Hamilton Park Trust which ploughs back all profits into developing the course.
Hamilton Park is noted for its reputation of mixing good quality racing with glamour and entertainment. Top jockeys like Frankie Dettori appearing at the racecourse and live music performances from the likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jason Donovan and Dannii Minogue have helped establish Hamilton Park as Scotland’s most high profile racecourse.
Continuing along this theme, the venue has recently announced it will stage a stand alone JLS concert on 23 July 2010. This comes as the racecourse prepares for its most prestigious season ever, with live performances from The Saturdays and The X Factor finalists Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon and Danyl Johnson scheduled to take place during specific theme nights incorporated into the racing fixtures.
Furthermore, the racecourse is proud to host The Hamilton Park Super Seven, the top seven race meetings of the year - combining excitement, glamour and speed, these are the most popular, most competitive races of the season.
The 2010 Super Seven fixtures are: Braveheart Night, Lanark Silver Bell Race Night, Cash for Kids Night (feat. The Saturdays), Family Night (feat. The X Factor finalists), Fair Friday, Ladies Night and Forces and Services Night.
Further information on the upcoming season including live entertainment, special guest appearances, race meetings and ticket sales is avaialble via: http://www.hamilton-park.co.uk
Former Livingston FC chief executive Vivien Kyles replaced Alastair Warwick who moved onto Ascot in June 2008.
- Braveheart Stakes