If you are looking for a day out this Boxing Day, Towcester is hosting a greyhound card with top class action at the Derby track in what will be the third year running that the course has held greyhound racing on this day.
Entry into the course is £10 and the first race is scheduled to take place at 12 pm with a 12 race card running all the way through to 3.30pm. Children under 17 years old can enter for free and can enjoy the family fun day which includes fairground rides, face painting and urban food stalls.
A bumper crowd is expected on the day in what is one of the most popular meetings of the season therefore if you are planning to visit, add plenty of time to journey for traffic and to get parked up before the first opening race.
Towcester Racecourse has traditionally always had a Boxing Day fixture. Prior to 2015 the track held national hunt horse racing before the course sold 17 of their meetings to make room for greyhound racing. The venue went down in history in 2013 as Tony McCoy rode his 4000th winner at the track when the great jumps jockey of all time partnered Mountain Tunes to success. There are plenty of horse racing betting opportunities on Boxing Day as it is one of busiest days of the year on the racing calendar and includes the Grade One King George VI Chase at Kempton.
This year’s Boxing Day fixture at Towcester could be the opportunity to see some of the 2018 Greyhound Derby contenders in action as the course is set to host the competition for the second time next summer following the success of 2017 where Astute Missile landed the top prize. Last year’s Derby Plate winner Dorotas Wildcat made his return to the track recently where he was successful with a time of 29.06. Kevin Hutton’s runner is at the top end of the Derby betting at 33/1 and connections will want to have a few more runs at Towcester before qualifying begins for the biggest competition within the sport.
Another high profile dog who could feature on the Boxing Day card is Bruisers Bullet. The May-2015 dog made his return to the track last month where he had to settle for second place with a time of 29.25 after coming out of trap three. Mark Willis’ runner won the Derby Invitational last July so enjoys running at Towcester, unfortunately for his connections, he was eliminated from the Derby in the semi-final as he could only finish fifth in what was a tough heat which was won by Hiya Butt.
Magical Bale may also make an appearance at the Boxing Day meeting and if it is the case, he is very much worth keeping an eye on. Kevin Hutton’s two-year-old is considered as one of the most exciting young dogs in England right now. All five of his career starts have come at Towcester where he has won three of those races. His most recent run was last month where he finished second behind Droopys Gold from trap one.
Enjoy the action on Boxing Day and fingers crossed you pick out a few winners from what is sure to be another brilliant card.