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Chepstow Racecourse Supporting Point to Point Racing

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Chepstow Racecourse, home to the Coral Welsh Grand National, other major jump races, is to sponsor five races and support six Point-to-Point meetings in its heartland of South Wales and along the M4/M5 corridor.

This is a first time venture into the grass roots of the amateur sport for Wales’ leading racecourse.

Chepstow will sponsor a race at each of the following fixtures:
• Vine & Craven – Barbury Castle, February 12
• Curre & Llangibby – Howick, February 19
• Brecon & Talybont – Llanfrynach, March 4
• Monmouthshire, Llanvapley, April 1st
• Heythrop – Cocklebarrow, April 2

Chepstow will also support the Cotswold on April 9th at Andoversford.

Commenting on their investment in Point-to-Point racing, Phil Bell, Executive Director, said:” Chepstow draws on a huge enthusiasm for jump racing in South Wales and surrounding counties, manifesting itself in attendances at some of our marquee fixtures like the Coral Welsh Grand National.

“Our Dunraven Bowl Novices’ Hunters Chase on April 28th is the most valuable Hunter Chase in Wales and draws terrific support from the whole South West too.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the sport that supports us. It’s great to meet current and prospective customers at the races and offer them additional reasons to attend Chepstow.”

David Brace, MD of Dunraven Group, added, “We’re very proud of the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow and see an opportunity to build this fixture into a destination event for the Point-to-Point community. We look forward to working with Chepstow to spread this message and to win over the hunt community to racing at the premier racecourse in Wales.”

Peter McNeile, who brokered the agreement with Chepstow, added: “These races take place in Chepstow’s heartland and it’s gratifying that the racecourse sees the pointing community as a viable place to do business.

“With so many leisure opportunities facing families as well as the core racing audience, building loyalty is crucial to continued support.

“Fixture secretaries are making tremendous efforts to make their fixtures successful, relevant to business and visible to the public.

“For example, this includes adding pre-event purchase of tickets as a route to identifying their customers and promoting their meetings more successfully. Guidance in this task from professionals at Chepstow can only help that process.”

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