Aintree Sell Out
Bursting with Entertainment for the Betfred Becher Chase Community
AINTREE legends Hello Bud
and Neptune Collonge to be showcased in the parade ring before
Betfred Becher Chase Crabbie's Grand National Trophy will be on
display with photo opportunity for racegoers Aintree bringing Ladies
Day fashion show to the Betfred Becher Chase
The Betfred Becher Chase Community Raceday sell out will be packed
with entertainment, Aintree legends and 1st class racing on
Saturday, 6 December 2014, with the initiative being supported by
Racing UK and Merseyrail.
The Betfred Becher Chase is a Grade Three National Hunt chase run
over the Grand National fences, with a total prize fund of £140,000.
It is one of the most exciting days in the racing calendar with the
Betfred Grand Sefton Chase also over the Grand National fences and
another feature on the day.
In addition to the off the track activity already announced, Aintree
Racecourse is delighted to reveal that Betfred Becher Chase legend,
Hello Bud, and Grand National winner, Neptune Collonge, will both be
showcased on the day. Hello Bud, 2 time winner of the Betfred Becher
Chase in 2010 and 2012, was ridden both times by Crabbie's Grand
National ambassador Sam Twiston-Davies; and Neptune Collonge who was
victorious in the 2012 Grand National will both appear in the parade
ring prior to the 2014 Betfred Becher Chase.
As well as Hello Bud and Neptune Collonge, Aintree is having a side
saddle display in the parade ring before racing starts. Side saddle
is a form of equestrianism that uses a type of saddle which allows a
rider to sit aside a horse. Sitting aside dates back to the 19th
Century and is a retained specialty equestrian niche, even in the
modern world. Amy Bryan-Dowell and Chloe Gunn, who regularly compete
at side saddle, will lead the display on Saturday, 6 December 2014.
Aintree Racecourse has also confirmed that the current Grand
National trophy will be on display in a trophy marquee opposite the
Queen Mother Stand. Racegoers will be encouraged to have a picture
taken with the trophy for £1, which will go to the featured charity
of the day, The Walton Centre.
Aintree will be looking ahead to the Crabbie's Grand National Ladies
Day with a flavour of style and fashion being showcased in the Lower
Saddle Bar. There will be an upbeat theme to the area with a DJ and
a catwalk where dancers will model current trends for Ladies Day in
April. Aintree will be holding a number of competitions in the lead
up to the Betfred Becher Chase to win one of ten exclusive course
and parade ring facing booths, with champagne for the day.
Competitions will run each Friday until Friday, 5 December 2014...
For latest go to Twitter:-@AintreeRaces #FabulousFriday.
John Baker, North West Regional Director for Jockey Club
Racecourses, commented:- "The Betfred Becher Chase is proving
to be a fantastic day's racing for the 42,000 people who've
registered to come. Aside from the Grand National fences being
showcased for the first time this jumps season, we have an abundance
of exciting activity taking place off the track for kids and adults
alike. We're delighted to have the Crabbie's Grand National trophy
here for people to see and look forward to showcasing a snippet of
the Ladies Day fashion ahead of the National. We also have two true
Aintree legends here in Hello Bud and Neptune Collonge, which will
be great to see. At Aintree we always try to give the best possible
customer experience and we're confident that with all the fantastic
activity taking place, racegoers will have a great day out."
Aside from the above activity Aintree recently announced plenty of
other activity off the track such as Juice FM roadshow and stage,
the famous Winners Bar being transformed into a children's Christmas
area with Santa Claus and goodies for the kids, as well as a large
variety of catering options with more pop up bars and eateries
including a Big Red London Bus Bar and a converted Tuk Tuk Curry
The world famous racecourse will also be launching its new Community
Programme, so there will be a large community feel to the day.
Liverpool based Palm Sugar will also be on site providing cocktail
service in the Platinum Lounge, while The Upper Saddle Bar will also
be transformed into a winter Ice Bar.
With The Crabbie's Grand National only four months away, Aintree TV
will provide insight into the Grand National Festival itself and
there will be a "Punter's Panel" with special guests
looking ahead to not only the day's racing, but providing pointers
to the Crabbie's Grand National Festival 2015. Racegoers will also
be able to buy 2015 Crabbie's Grand National tickets cheaper than
normal with Aintree waiving the booking and postage fee of £7.50, if
people buy on Becher Chase Day.
Even though the Betfred Becher Chase is sold out of general tickets,
limited hospitality places are still available, please contact the
racecourse for more information.
Organisers are expecting a large crowd for the event and stress that
racegoers make suitable travel arrangements to and from Aintree
Racecourse. Parking on site is available, but public transport is
advised. Please go to:-
merseyrail.org for timetables
and more information on the most convenient way to travel to and
from Aintree on Saturday, 6 December 2014. The
initiative has been driven by Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536/Freeview
231/UPC 411) which has organised free entry at many of its 34
racecourses. For further information please go to:-
call:- 0844 579 3001.
celebrities get ready to be locked up for 'Good'!
WITH just over a week to go
until the event, Merseyside Police is getting ready to 'lock
up' celebrities as well as business leaders as part of an
event to raise thousands of pounds for the Princes Trust. Samantha
Giles (Bernice Blackstock from Emmerdale), actor Paul Barber (Only
Fools and Horses, the Full Monty and One Night in Istanbul) and
Philip Olivier who's appeared in Brookside, Hollyoaks and Benidorm,
amongst other things, will all be spending time in the cells in a
bid to raise as much money as possible for the Trust. The trio will
be joining business leaders from across Merseyside and will be
subject to the full custody experience from being transported in a
Police van, fingerprinted and questioned to locked up in the custody
suite. The more money that everyone raises for the Trust, the longer
people will stay in the cells. The event is taking place on Friday,
28 November 2014. Inspector Steve Richardson said:- "This
promises to be a fantastic event where people will raise money for a
great cause. We're delighted that Samantha, Paul and Philip have
agreed to take part. They all have close ties to Merseyside and
hopefully they will all enjoy the experience whilst, at the same
time, helping us to reach our fundraising target. There are still
four cells left and if anyone wants to take part they can register
their interest or get more information by visiting the Merseyside
website or by
email. You can also follow all the
action on Merseyside Police's twitter account, using the hashtag,
support for the Armed Forces Community!
THE National charity
Veterans Council is unveiling AFCOM Directory, a revolutionary new
website that has the potential to provide life changing choices for
members of the Armed Forces Community. As a result of Covenant
funding and effective stakeholder engagement Veterans Council has
worked with a team of specialists to completely revamp The Armed
Forces Community Directory (AFComD). AFCOM Directory provides a
single point of contact into Health, Mental Health, Education,
Employment, Housing, Welfare and Legal. Each and every service
provider listed on the site has been assured to ensure they are
aligned to the Armed Forces Covenant and understand the issues faced
by serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families. In
the case of healthcare, all registered organisations must comply
with the relevant NHS, NICE or CQC guidelines.
AFCOM Directory offers an assurance process for service providers
and an excellent customer journey that makes it easy for members of
the Armed Forces Community to find the support they need. Qualified
staff behind AFCOM Directory are on hand to support people through
this process to ensure the Armed Forces Community gets the right
support from the right service, at the right time.
GPs, professionals and organisations from the public, private and
3rd sectors working with the Armed Forces Community are being
encouraged to register their services on AFCOM Directory. Visitors
to the AFCOM Directory website can search for assured services or
contact a selection of service providers committed to assisting
them. Just one click on the 'I need support' button will start the
search. AFCOM Directory will be presented to a selected audience of
stakeholders, trustees and members of the Armed Forces Community at
Veterans Council's prestigious Centre of Excellence Awards,
Thursday, 27 November, 2014, Manchester Imperial War Museum.
Des White, Veterans Council Chairman, said:- "The Centre of
Excellence Awards is the biggest event in our annual calendar, so it
seemed fitting to use the Awards as a platform to show our unique
AFCOM Directory, one of our most exciting projects to date. This
Directory fulfils a dire need within the Armed Forces Community -
the need to connect with assured service providers who understand
AFCOM Directory will be launched at the Centre of Excellence Awards
on Thursday, 27 November, 2014. Interviews and photo opportunities
are available with the Veterans Council and at the Centre of
Excellence Awards. For more information, please contact Shelley
O'Neill on:- 01565 632 112 or email:-
after bag stolen from Sandhills train - Merseyside!
THE British Transport
Police (BTP) are appealing for witness after a bag was stolen from a
train travelling between Sandhills and Maghull. The incident
happened at around 1.30pm on Saturday, 25 October 2014.
Investigating officer PC Rahim Ithnin said:- "A passenger had
left his black holdall on at the train at Sandhills. He checked with
lost property but nothing had been handed in. A woman later boarded
the train at Sandhills, but left the train Ormskirk, with the man's
holdall. We believe the woman in the CCTV could have vital
information that could help us with our investigation. If anyone
recognises her, we would urge them to come forward. If anyone has
any information please contact British Transport Police on:- 0800 40
50 40, or text 61016, quoting background reference:- PSUB/B5 of
21/11/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the
independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."