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New year, new racecourse

Who let the dogs back out? Now under new management, Towcester Racecourse is set to be the entertainment hub for Northamptonshire this year.

At Muddy, we’re big fans of Towcester Racecourse and often thought it a little under utilised. It was a popular spot before it went into administration in 2018; perfect for weddings and live bands as well as the traditional racing events; but it never really used all of those 320 acres. Well, not any more. It’s now under new management with plans for sailing on the lakes, al fresco opera performances and huge music, food and well-being festivals. We popped down for a nosey and, boy, does it look good.

QUEEN ANNA (t5) takes early control of heat 2 of the Puppy Cup from Sporting Dave (t2). Romford 15th September 2017.

Photo: © Steve Nash courtesy of Greyhound Star

Firstly; the dogs are back! They’ll be making a return on Saturday 18 April with great new deals on admission, including free drinks, race cards, totes and hog roasts. Plus, there’s hope for Towcester Racecourse to stage the 2021 English Derby; oh yes readers, keeping Northamptonshire well and truly on the sporting map alongside other superb venues like Silverstone.

TOWCESTER - a view of the action. (A5 race won by trap 2 Skyline Sully). 18th July 2015.

Photo: © Steve Nash courtesy of Greyhound Star

There’s lots of new events too including their Valentine’s Ball on 15 February, with 20-piece big band Jazz Colossus who will be playing a selection of music from Latin funk to contemporary jazz (we’ve heard great things). Tickets start from £44.95 which includes a glass of fizz and a three course meal, plus great entertainment for the whole evening (night owls will be happy with the live DJ and 1.30am finish).

Then there’s the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea & Michael Buble tribute with 2 course carvery on 22 March, the Easter Ball 4 April and The Summer Festival 11 July. If you love tribute bands they’ve got the full roster. Not The Rolling Stones & Special guests show 13th April, Dolly Parton Tribute show 30th May, One Step Behind Tribute 9th May, Planet Abba Tribute show 24 July, Taste of Tina Tribute show 3 July and Queen II Tribute Show 31 August (phew!).

As soon as the website is up and running you’ll be able to grab tickets online or race tickets here. Check out what else is expected from on their Facebook. They’ll have loads more events on this year, including some VERY big music names. Also a possibility are glamping pods, caravanning and camping. Ooh!

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6 comments on “New year, new racecourse”

  • Robert Bruce January 5, 2020

    Any sign of horse or dog racing returning to the racecourse ?

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  • Alex January 10, 2020

    What awful news. More greyhounds subjected to more suffering. Disappointed to see Muddy Stilettos promoting archaic and cruel sports. “No amount of ineffective ‘window dressing’ welfare commitments will address the suffering and deaths of thousands of dogs racing on dangerously configured tracks.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jun/16/charities-call-for-end-to-greyhound-racing-after-1000-deaths-in-a-year

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    • annaloudearden January 13, 2020

      Hi Alex. Kevin Boothby, the owner at this racecourse is a big advocate of dog welfare. He personally has a farm full of retired dogs who are looked after and cared for. He says all of his dogs are cared for when retired, as well as when they race. He invites any readers over to Towcester to come and meet the dogs and see how well they’re looked after. I personally met with him to discuss this issue before I posted the the feature, and he’s well known in the industry for the care he places on the dogs.

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  • G kelly January 10, 2020

    As much as I like to read Muddy, I along with several others are disappointed to hear these poor dogs are once again being raced at Towcester. I have rescued these poor animals after they been dropped.
    Surprised this is being supported/ promoted on here.

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    • annaloudearden January 13, 2020

      Hi there. Kevin Boothby, the owner at this racecourse is a big advocate of dog welfare. He personally has a farm full of retired dogs who are looked after and cared for. He says all of his dogs are cared for when retired, as well as when they race. He invites any readers over to Towcester to come and meet the dogs and see how well they’re looked after. I personally met with him to discuss this issue before I posted the the feature, and he’s well known in the industry for the care he places on the dogs.

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