Master Blueyes To Shade The Feature, At Huntingdon?

Master Blueyes has made a handy start to his hurdling career and the Mastercraftsman-sired grey gelding could be poised to shed his maiden tag, in the 2:50pm at Huntingdon (Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle) on Friday.

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This is a Class 2 contest, which was won by Sceau Royal (a subsequent G2 winner) in 2016. Like Sceau Royal, Master Blueyes is trained by Alan King.

The principal threat looks to be Nicky Henderson’s Divin Bere, a French horse that is making his debut on English soil. He was beaten by just a neck, in the classy Champaubert Hurdle at Auteuil.

That race was won by the unfancied Zapato, but Devin Bere beat all 4 of the horses that went off at a shorter price than he did – Terrefort, Grand Pretendant, Comedien and Royal Hawk.

This should be a very good race and looks, perhaps, the pick of Friday’s UK action.

Hooray For Huntingdon!

Huntingdon Racecourse can be found in the village of Brampton, which is very close to the Cambridgeshire town of Huntingdon. It is owned by the Jockey Club and is a National Hunt course. There are seventeen meetings held at Huntingdon each year, all of which are National Hunt (jumps).

The racecourse is used for many other events, such as motor shows and fair. There are also buildings that can be used for conferences and hospitality.

The Peterborough Chase

One of the biggest days of the year is on 26th December (Boxing Day), where almost ten thousand spectators will gather to watch the action – often in freezing temperatures. Another important event is Peterborough Chase Day. The Peterborough Chase is a grade two race and always attracts a quality field of runners.

Getting There

Huntingdon Racecourse was voted Best Small Racecourse in the South Midlands and East Anglia, at an event held by the Racegoers Club. It is easy to get to by road, as it is only eight hundred metres away from the bust A14 (leave at junction 22). The A14 links to all local motorways, so traveling from quite a distance should be no real problem. You will not have to negotiate any minor roads, despite the rural location.

You can also get to Huntingdon by train. Trains run regularly from Kings Cross in London. The station is only about two and a half miles from the racecourse. Courtesy cars can be provided, to take spectators to and from the station. Contact the racecourse for more information. It is also possible to land helicopters on the racecourse and it is becoming increasingly popular for the well-heeled to arrive in this fashion!

However, if you just want to hop in the car and make your own way down to Huntingdon Racecourse, you will find that there is plenty of free parking on-site. Special parking spaces have been allotted for disabled blue badge holders. The course also has good disabled access to the better viewing points and anyone with a disability that is visiting the course will be well-catered for.

An Informal Affair

There is no real dress code for Huntingdon Racecourse. It is in a relatively prosperous part of England so quite a number of spectators will dress-up. The only formal request for smart clothing will be given to anyone who is looking to enter the hospitality areas.

The Main Enclosure overlooks the Parade Ring and has a large number of bars and restaurants. Views of the National Hunt course are excellent and are free for children on some days.

The Picnic Enclosure allows dogs and this is the perfect place to bring a family in an estate car. Open up the back-door of the car and enjoy your homemade banquet in the sun!

Huntingdon racecourse always offers a good-value day out and always manages to serve up exciting races for the punters to enjoy!

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