New To Racing Day Activity Programme Announced
On Saturday 20 April, we are showcasing everything horseracing has on offer for new racegoers with a day of interactive entertainment and activities in addition to the 7 great quality races, kicking off the Flat season.
The day sees the re-launch of the successful Inside Track programme and the first outing of its show stand, an information point for anyone with any questions or queries and the hub of the day’s activities. We are also introducing our first ever indoor Kids’ Zone – an area within the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand especially devoted to children and families with toys, games and crafts for kids throughout the day.
Activities and timings for the day:
Inside Track – Free Trips and Tours
Our racing expert gives racegoers access and insight into exclusive areas of the racecourse:
12.20 – Behind the Scenes Tour – giving an insight into the life of a jockey, visiting the Weighing Room and Judge’s Box
12.45 & 2.25 – Saddling Box/ Pre-Parade Ring Masteclasses – explaining everything you need to know to pick a winner
1.30, 2.00 & 3.10 – Trips to the race start – a rare chance to witness the drama of a race start up close
All trips and tours are on a first come first served basis and meet at the Inside Track show stand
Racegoers can pick up a free Inside Track guide to the races from the new show stand and watch some helpful new to racing videos.
The interactive Jockey Zone is the place to really get to know what being a jockey is all about:
Throughout the day, racegoers will get the chance to try our racing simulators, complete with real racing footage – to feel the excitement of a race.
12.30 – Jockey Q&A – an interview with a Flat jockey about life as a jockey
1.30 – Ride a race against a jockey – talking racegoers through a race on a racing simulator
Our friendly bookmakers will be giving ‘How To Bet’ demonstrations, helping new racegoers through the nitty gritty of betting at the races and even giving some tips.
Betting demonstrations will take place in both the Grandstand and Premier Enclosures, shortly before race times
Our first ever ‘Harry the Horse’ Kids’ Zone will be open throughout the day in the Grandstand First Floor. There will be a seated area dedicated to families, and plenty of entertainment for kids including toys, games, crafts and facepainters.
Harry the Horse himself will be entertaining the kids, and handing out his free new Kids’ packs with an exciting treasure hunt competition.
Kids’ Best Dressed Jockey competition
To celebrate our ‘New to Racing’ day we are inviting children to get in the spirit of horseracing by dressing up as a jockey. The competition will be judged by a ‘real’ jockey and the winner will be presented his/her prize in the Parade Ring in between races.
The competition will only be open on the day to children up to 11 years old, and prizes will be awarded for the winner and several runners up.
Racegoeres can collect and fill in an entry form from the ‘Inside Track’ stand – located next to the Parade Ring in the Grandstand Enclosure. Then return the form to the Inside Track representatives at the stand.
Racegoers can get up close and meet an ex racehorse on the Grandstand Lawn.
All timings and events may be subject to change