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Newmarket's QIPCO Guineas Festival extended to three days from next year

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The Jockey Club has today announced that the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile is to be extended to three days from next year.

In an enhancement to the two-day weekend meeting, which stages the first two Classics of the season, racing will now also take place on the Friday and run from April 29 to May 1 in 2022.

The QIPCO 2000 and QIPCO 1000 Guineas will remain in their current positions on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with further details about Friday, April 29 – including the race programme, what racegoers can expect off the track and ticket details – announced in due course.

The Guineas Festival will be a three-day event from 2022. Picture: Mark Westley
The Guineas Festival will be a three-day event from 2022. Picture: Mark Westley

Sophie Able, Newmarket Racecourses’ general manager, said: “We’re delighted to be enhancing one of British racing’s most prestigious Flat racing fixtures and a meeting which has shown sustained growth in the last decade.

“An additional day means more flexibility to optimise the meeting’s race programme both for participants and those who follow and bet on racing, as well as the chance to use the existing infrastructure to create another great day out for our customers.

“There are wider benefits too in terms of the shape of Newmarket’s early season fixture list, more recovery time for the course itself and an easier operational switch onto the July Course.

“Most of all though, Newmarket at the beginning of May is a magical place to be, and this is another chance to see the home of horseracing at its very best.

“We’re excited about the opportunities for further growth this change will bring, and the benefits racing will see through subsequent reinvestment, and we hope everyone looks forward to a three-day QIPCO Guineas Festival next year as much as we will.”

Rod Street, chief executive of British Champions Series, said: “The QIPCO Guineas Festival is one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar and we welcome the fact that racegoers will be able to enjoy a third day of brilliant racing from the Rowley Mile.

“Whilst the circumstances in 2020 were very different, we have seen the interest that a three day Festival is able to generate and very much view this as a chance to engage more people in one of racing’s most important events.”

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