Monday, 19 December 2016


On Tuesday, the Charles Smith trained General Tufto will break records by having his one hundredth start at just the one racecourse, Southwell.


Owned locally by John Theaker, “The General” as he is known by the Southwell regulars, has become a real racing fans favourite for many years with his regular appearances at the Fibresand venue. He may be eleven years of age now, but he certainly has not lost any of his zest for racing, with 58 wins or placed runs from 187 career starts. He has amassed 16 career wins in his career, with 14 of those coming at Southwell and the other two in East Yorkshire at Beverley Racecourse.

General Tufto and Joey Haynes

Mark Clayton, Executive Director at Southwell Racecourse said of the horse: “General Tufto has become a cult hero for the racegoers here at Southwell. He has a real strong legion of followers who will back him every time he runs and everyone here at Southwell is very proud to be playing a part in his record breaking achievements”.


He is running in the first race at 12.00 noon on Tuesday afternoon and will face eleven rivals. Joey Haynes will take the ride on the enigmatic son of Fantastic Light, and has won on the horse on his last four wins at the course.

Southwell hosts an eight race card on Tuesday, getting underway at 12.00 noon. It is also the first of the racecourse’s Festive Fixtures. There will also be appearances from Santa, Mistletoe and Chester the reindeer from the Phoenix Children’s Foundation and Christmas Carols before racing from the Southwell Minster Chorale.

Friday, 8 July 2016

10 July 2016 Preview

There is a bumper eight race card to enjoy at Southwell on Sunday for Family Fun Day. In terms of the action on the track, champion trainer Paul Nicholls sends just one runner to the Nottinghamshire venue where he has sent out 4 winners from just 7 runners in the past 5 seasons, and The Outlaw would be an appropriate winner given he is running in Robin Hood’s county. He lines up in the 3.15, just over half an hour after Nicholls’ former assistant Dan Skelton runs Swansea Mile in the Novice Chase, a progressive young horse who ran extremely well on his chasing debut at Worcester recently and will take the world of beating here for local owner Craig Buckingham.

In the HSS Hire Handicap Hurdle at 4.20, the Rosemary Gasson trained Mr McGuiness should go close to making up for a last flight fall at Southwell recently when clear.

Finally in the closing national hunt flat race at 6.00, the bizarrely named Gvs Irportensa should have a leading chance for jockey Gavin Sheehan and trainer Warren Greatrex, a combination who are potent in races such as this, so much so that they have had 29 winners together at a 33% strike rate in national hunt flat races in the last five seasons.

Hopefully the weather stays dry and the big crowd that is expected enjoying a terrific day out!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Collabro to perform at Southwell on Family Fun Day

12th July promises to be an exciting and busy day at Southwell Racecourse with not just jumps racing to enjoy, but a host of fantastic entertainment for all the family.

Britain's Got Talent 2014 winners Collabro will be performing live after the day’s racing. The group, who went straight to number one with their debut single “Stars”, were recently seen on our television screens performing during the VE Day celebrations in London and release their second album, Act Two, on 1st June. The team at Southwell Racecourse are very much looking forward to welcoming them to the course, and are keeping everything crossed so the weather on the day will hit the right note as well.

For the youngsters, Peppa Pig will be making regular appearances throughout the afternoon all around the racecourse.

The day is in partnership with, and in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, who celebrated their 21st anniversary just last week. A percentage from ticket sales will go to the charity. There will also be a special “Air Ambulance Package” available, containing admission, plus a goody bag full of Air Ambulance merchandise and a return admission ticket for the price of only £21.

Deputy CEO of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, Sally Crawford says: “We’re over the moon to have such a fantastic group to perform in this, our 21st year. This event in partnership with Southwell Racecourse is particularly great for our charity as Collabro member Thomas is a true local lad, from Grimsby!”

She continued "This day is all about celebrating our 21st year and hope the event will attract people from both counties. They can bring picnics to enjoy the group's take on a wide range of music, from classical to modern. We're all very excited about it!!"

For more information and to purchase tickets go to or or call 01636 814481.
Grandstand admission starts from just £15 and children under the age of 18 go free, therefore making the perfect opportunity to come racing and bring all the family along.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Mansfield firm announces five-year sponsorship deal and community partnership with Southwell Racecourse

Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies has announced a new major sponsorship deal and community partnership with Southwell Racecourse.

Under the five-year partnership the main grandstand will be named after the award-winning Mansfield company, and Hall-Fast will have exclusive branding rights to the interior and exterior of what will be known as the Hall-Fast Stand at the famous and historic Nottinghamshire horse racing venue.

The package also includes Hall-Fast staging five Community Days throughout the season; Southwell Racecourse being known as Community Partners of Hall-Fast and a hospitality suite named the Hall-Fast suite and branded.

Hall-Fast owner and managing director Malcolm Hall said he was delighted to have joined forces with Southwell Racecourse.

He said: "Southwell Racecourse is a great venue and has fantastic facilities. I am really proud to partner with them and this deal enables Hall-Fast to extend our activities within the community, and build links between all of our community partners."

The Southwell Racecourse sponsorship is the latest addition to the Hall-Fast portfolio of sporting Community Partnerships.

It is also a major sponsor of Nottingham Rugby Club, Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team, Mansfield Town Football Club and Mansfield Rugby Club.

Southwell Racecourse is part of the Arena Racing Company (ARC), which operates 15 racecourses across Britain, and is widely considered to be one of the premier sporting venues in the East Midlands.

The course stages numerous highlights in its racing calendar, but is also a venue for a number of weddings, conferences and outdoor events each year including golf at its wonderful 18 hole golf course.

General manager Mark Clayton explained why Southwell Racecourse had teamed up with Hall-Fast.

He said: "We are delighted to join forces with such a forward thinking and successful company like Hall-Fast.

“Southwell Racecourse and Golf Course are going from strength to strength, and we strongly believe working with such a community based company will enhance our position in the local community.

“We look forward to developing a long term relationship with Hall-Fast.”

Monday, 29 December 2014

29th December abandonment


All pre-purchased tickets for today’s racing can either receive a full refund, or will be able to return to either of our 1st, 2nd or 4th January race meetings free of charge. If returning on 1st, 2nd or 4th January customers will be asked to produce their ticket for 29th December on entry.

The offer to those Doncaster Racecourse racegoers who have pre-purchased tickets for their abandoned meeting on 29th December still stands. Doncaster customers with pre-purchased Grandstand, County or Premier tickets for 29th December will  gain ½ priced entry to our 2nd or 4th January meetings (only) on production of their Doncaster tickets. Doncaster Racecourse Complimentary ticket holders for 29th December can gain free entry to 2nd or 4th January meetings, again only on production of their tickets for 29th December.

For more information, please call 01636 814481.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Beer Festival goes down a storm at Southwell

It was a busy weekend for everybody at Southwell racecourse this weekend as they hosted their two day Beer Festival weekend in conjunction with the Navigation Brewery – Nottingham.

On top of two days of good quality racing, there was an array of entertainment on offer including two live bands who played after racing on each of the two days and darts legend Bobby George, who took on racegoers in a nine darts challenge to help raise money for Help For Heroes.

As mentioned, there was some terrific racing over the two days, both in terms of quality and; particularly on Saturday, some brilliant finishes. The highlight of the two days was a valuable seven furlong handicap on Saturday which went to local trainer Mick Appleby as Pearl Nation scooted away from his field to win by four and a half lengths in the hands of Luke Morris, who is currently clear at the top of the All Weather jockeys championship.

Special mention to three other jockeys over the weekend, firstly Connor Beasley who rode his 95th winner on Saturday therefore losing his claim in the process. Also, AP McCoy who had to dash off after riding Faerie Reel to victory in the 2.15 race at Southwell on Sunday before dashing off to Glasgow for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which began at 8pm!

From a jockey with over 4000 winners to a jockey having his first now, and what a ride seventeen year old Matthew Ennis gave Extreme Impact to take the 2.45 on Sunday. The race was over three miles, and Extreme Impact was under pressure from pretty much the word go but on only his third ride under rules, Ennis never gave in and despite a hairy leap at the last, he went on to score by two lengths, punching the air with delight afterwards.

General Manager of the racecourse Mark Clayton was happy with how the weekend went. “We attracted over 3,000 people to what is a very successful event, and we look forward to continuing our festive celebrations throughout our remaining December and New Year fixtures.”

Now the racecourse is looking forward to a busy Festive period in which there are four Festive meetings that come up quickly just after Christmas and into the New Year. These four All-Weather flat fixtures begin on December 27 before Southwell race again just 48 hours later.

The first fixture of 2015 on New Year’s Day also brings the only All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier for the track over the winter months, and the day promises to be very popular indeed as ever, with lots of people coming to blow away some cobwebs as the holiday season comes to a close. January 2 is the final Festive Fixture and they promise to be very popular indeed.

For more information or to book tickets, visit or call 01636 814481.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Beer Festival Weekend at Southwell

It’s the Beer Festival Weekend at Southwell Racecourse this weekend, in association with Navigation Brewery – Nottingham.

The meetings start coming thick and fast at Southwell from now, right through until the end of January with sixteen fixtures, with all bar one being Flat meetings.

The Beer Festival is the first of these on 13th and 14th of December. It wouldn’t be a festival without the beer itself, and Southwell has come together with the Navigation Brewery who will bring a range of different ales to suit every taste. The weekend of racing begins on Saturday with a good quality Flat card on the Fibresand for racegoers to enjoy, as well as entertainment after racing with a live band performing in the grandstand.

On Sunday is a seven race jumps card which last year featured the hurdles debut of Red Sherlock, who subsequently won a Grade 2 and was second favourite for the Neptune Investments Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Entertainment of a different sporting kind will be provided by darts legend Bobby George, who will be taking on racegoers at a darts challenge in the grandstand, and also taking part in a charity raffle and auction after the sixth race. Just like Saturday, there will be live music after racing in the grandstand.

Racing continues through the next week with fixtures on 16th, 18th and 19th of December before the first of 4 festive fixtures on Saturday 27th December, before meetings on 29th December, the ever popular New Year’s Day meeting and January 2nd. Mark Clayton, General Manager commented “What better way to bring in the New Year and blow away the brussels!”

For more information or to book tickets, either visit or call 01636 814481.