A Full Field for the inaugural JLT Cup
A full field of 18 runners are set to go to post in the first running of the £100,000 JLT Cup (2.25pm) at Newbury on Saturday. The extended two-mile handicap was introduced this year in response to industry demand for an enhanced programme for stayers, supported by the Newbury board of directors, and is also welcomed by bookmakers. The £100,000 prize fund includes a £30,000 contribution from the British Horseracing Authority’s Development Fund.
Heading the weights for the two-mile handicap is the 2017 Ebor Handicap winner and Melbourne Cup fifth Nakeeta (Iain Jardine/Callum Rodriguez (3), 9st 10lb), while the warm favourite is Irish raider Stratum (Willie MullinsIRE/Robert Winston, 8st 12lb), a staying-on third last time out in the two and a half-mile Ascot Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Party in the Paddock: Craig David
Saturday, July 21 is the first of the “Party In The Paddock” racedays at Newbury in 2018, with acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig David set to take to the stage at just after 6pm
David released his debut album, Born To Do It, in 2000, and has had 20 UK top 40 singles, and seven UK top 40 albums, selling over 15 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
Tickets for July 21 are selling fast, with the Grandstand completely sold out and very limited availability in the Premier Enclosure.
Racegoers wishing to attend should book tickets as soon as possible online at www.newburyracecourse.co.uk to avoid disappointment.