By Simon Jackson.
Three of London’s closest racecourses are offering free or heavily discounted tickets to selected race meetings over the next three months.
Jockey Club-owned racecourses Epsom Downs, Sandown Park and Kempton Park have announced advanced booking prices of £5 or less for each of three featured race days in February, March and April. One of the three meetings offers free entry for advanced bookings.
The three fixtures are BetBright Chase Day at Kempton on February 21, William Hill Imperial Cup Day at Sandown on March 7 and the Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs on April 22.
The Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom features the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial which guarantees the winner automatic entry into the £1.25million Investec Derby on June 6.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the past three runnings of the Derby with Camelot, Ruler Of The World and Australia and also prepares the favourite for this year’s Investec Derby, John F Kennedy.
The spring meeting is the first fixture of the season at Epsom and tickets can be bought for £5 until 11:59pm on Sunday January 25.
Meanwhile Kempton Park is offering free admission to BetBright Chase Day for advanced bookers until February 15, subject to availability.
The feature race of the day is the Grade 3 BetBright Chase – previously the Racing Post and later the Racing Plus Chase – and the fixture also includes two Grade 2 contests.
Elsewhere, Kempton’s sister racecourse, Sandown Park, is offering tickets to the grandstand for £5 for William Hill Imperial Cup Day, which is staged on the weekend before the Cheltenham Festival.
The national hunt card includes two Grade 3 races. Tickets for the Premier Enclosure can be purchased for £10.
There is also a Cheltenham Festival Preview after racing on Imperial Cup Day. Tickets for the preview cost £2 and must be bought in advance, at the time of buying tickets to enter the racecourse.
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