Perth Racecourse will officially mark the start of the season next week with its famous Perth Festival (26 – 28 April). The racing extravaganza will see three consecutive days of thrilling jump racing and live entertainment, and will also welcome 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur to take a victory lap in front of the Perthshire home crowd.
On the back of his historic win, One For Arthur will take a lap of honour in the parade ring at 1.25pm on the first day of the festival (Wednesday 26) in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF).
Having spent over £18m in helping more than 1000 jockeys in the UK, the Injured Jockeys Fund set up Jack Berry House in 2015; a rehabilitation facility most recently responsible for the recovery of rider Derek Fox. Fox was deemed unable to ride due to a broken wrist and severe collarbone injury a month before this year’s Grand National, but rode to victory with One For Arthur with vital help from the IJF.
In honour of the extraordinary win, Perth Racecourse sponsor Edinburgh Gin will also unveil its bespoke One For Arthur Gin and Fizz bar at the Perth Festival. Paying homage to the triumphant racehorse, the trackside bar will serve up a selection of delicious refreshments over the festival.
One For Arthur became only the second Scottish-trained horse to win the world’s most prestigious race, with the first, Rubstic, taking the title in 1979.
Hazel Peplinksi, chief executive at Perth Racecourse said: “This year’s Grand National win was the most impressive I have ever seen - and I am not being biased because the winner is Scottish!
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our season than to have the honour of One For Arthur gracing our parade ring. Interest in this parade from all local equestrians has been phenomenal; One For Arthur has touched everyone in the Perthshire area and we are all so proud of what he achieved at Aintree. He is guaranteed a massive reception on Wednesday on the opening day of the Perth Festival, and we look forward to welcoming the whole team.”
Ticket sales for Perth Racecourse’s 2017 season are also strong, with already a 25% increase in advance sales compared to last year. Hazel continued: “Early indications are that our prize-money and going conditions shall attract strong support from owners and trainers next week, and we are excited about getting started after a power of work over the winter by our passionate team.”
One for Arthur will parade at 1.25pm on Wednesday 26 April. The first race is scheduled for 2pm, last race at 5.10pm.
Three day Perth Festival tickets are priced at £50. Grandstand tickets are available for each single day at £20.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.perth-races.co.uk or call 01738 551 597.