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 www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk or call 01636 814481.