DJ Scott Mills takes to the stage on Pelican Charity Race Evening at Newbury this Thursday

The second of Newbury’s ‘Thursday Nights Live’ series takes place this week, with Pelican Charity Race Evening on June 30.


Scot Mills (from BBC Radio 1) will play a DJ set after racing on Pelican Charity Race Evening. Mills joined Radio 1 in 1998 and has hosted many live events for the broadcaster including the Brit Awards and Radio 1′s Big Weekend. His particular style of mixing comedy and popular culture has ensured that his Radio 1 show has a cult following.


There is a seven-race card running from 5.55pm through to 9.10pm. Preceding this at 5.20pm is the John Hills ‘Gilderdale’ Charity Race, run in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation which helps cancer patients get the best treatment and raise funds to find better ways to take care of today’s patients.


The most valuable race of the night is the £10,000 Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies’ Handicap (8.05pm, eight runners) over six furlongs. Bottom-weight Pink Martini (Joe Tuite/Sean Mooney) switches to turf having last run when third in a five-furlong handicap at Lingfield Park in March. The daughter of Tagula scored twice over the same course and distance prior to that, capturing a maiden and a handicap in good fashion.


Trainer Joe Tuite said: “Pink Martini has had a break because we have been waiting for some better ground. I am not sure we will get it at Newbury but we are crying out to go racing.


“She is in good form and I want to get a run into her because some horses need racing to get back into the zone. We are going up to six, but it might be that we drop her back to five in the future.”


Pink Martini faces seven rivals, headed by the in-form Very Honest (Brett Johnson/Martin Dwyer). The three-year-old has won two of her three starts for new connections, most recently annexing a six-furlong handicap at Goodwood on June 10.


American handler Wesley Ward was on the scoresheet with Lady Aurelia in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and saddles Oh So Terrible (Ryan Moore) in the Christian Marner EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (6.25pm, 13 runners). The daughter of Cape Blanco is owned and bred by Carol Hammersmith.


Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse held its first race in 1905 and has long been one of Britain’s leading tracks, staging up to 30 days of top class Jump and Flat racing annually, with at least one raceday in every month of the year.


The highlight of Newbury’s Jump racing programme is the Hennessy Gold Cup, a handicap chase over an extended three and a quarter miles, which usually takes place in late November, and is the longest-running commercial sporting sponsorship in the world. With a prize fund of £200,000, ‘The Hennessy’ is one of the most prestigious and sought after prizes in the sport and is the focal point of the bet365 Festival. The 2014 winner Many Clouds went on to win the 2015 Grand National at Aintree while in 2015 the grey Smad Place was a popular winner.


On the Flat, Newbury’s high-quality programme includes the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes in May, with the Group One race over a mile worth £350,000. It has been won by many of the greats of the sport, including Frankel in 2012.


The racecourse is also a thriving events venue, hosting a huge range of activities including weddings, concerts, and conferences for 20 to 1,000 attendees for a wide spectrum of businesses and organisations in stunning surroundings. In addition, it runs a successful private nursery, providing a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for many pre-school children.


Newbury is now home to a major housing development by David Wilson Homes, allowing people to live in a unique location alongside a world-renowned sporting venue, which also benefits from a Nuffield Health Club. The racecourse now has its own 36 bedroom hotel, The Lodge, which opened in June 2016.

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