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Nic Ladds 6th Oct 2010 - 13:21

William Hill offer Free Admission to everyone at next Downpatrick Meeting

William Hill and Downpatrick Racecourse are delighted to announce that patrons attending the next race meeting at the Northern Irish venue (Saturday, 16th October) will gain free race admission.

The track is celebrating the fact that horse racing first took place in Northern Ireland in 1685 (325 years ago). This was held within the Downpatrick area at an older course, very close the site of today's track.

Tony Kenny, spokesman for leading bookmaker chain, William Hill said 'We are delighted to be associated with Celebration Raceday hosted by Downpatrick Racecourse and have agreed to sponsor all seven races on the day. William Hill have 37 shops in Northern Ireland and we will be encouraging all of our customers to come and enjoy this celebration of Northern Irish racing.'

Acknowledging the success of the Down Football Team who were narrowly beaten by Cork in the All Ireland Football final two weeks ago in Croke Park, fans will be pleased to know that Molson Coors will be offering a 'Free Pint' of Carling for the first 325 visitors wearing Down colours in their special  'Come on Down to Down'  marquee facility.

There will be Parade ring interviews with Celebrity Channel 4 Racing Presenter, Lesley Graham and live music after racing in a number of the raceday public bars. A very exciting prize will be on offer in the Racecard Draw, full details to be announced shortly.

A limited number of tickets are available for a very special celebration Hospitality Lunch and after race Dinner Evening with musical entertainment afterwards. There will be a selection of musical entertainment including the Ulster Quartet, and the amazing country legend Gloria and her Band,  Tickets can be purchased from the racecourse office. Tel 02844612054

The first race is at 2.10pm and the last race 5.20pm.  Gates open at Noon

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