Musselburgh Racecourse is expecting a bumper crowd at Friday’s (8 November) free Saints & Sinners race day with 4000 tickets so far snapped up by racegoers.

The East Lothian course will allow free entry at the gate but recommends booking in advance to avoid disappointment if the 6000 capacity attendance figure is reached.

The Saints & Sinners charity day in aid of Victim Support Scotland follows Musselburgh’s inaugural National Hunt meeting of the season on Thursday and features more than £100,000 prize money over the two days.

Meanwhile, Musselburgh is attempting to increase the jumps season appeal by offering for the first time a National Hunt season ticket which promises significant savings.

The £95 season ticket represents a £69 saving compared to gate entry prices over Musselburgh’s 10 fixture jumps season and there are bonus reciprocal arrangements for free entry in to other UK jumps tracks.

Musselburgh Racecourse commercial manager, Mary-Ann Sandercock, said: “There has been a very good response to our free day and it will get our season off to a cracking start. The National Hunt season ticket is another initiative to offer real value for money for racegoers and to build up our jumps audience at Musselburgh.

“We believe that this kind of incentive, combined with £600,000 prize money over the season and two excellent seasonal highlights on New Year’s Day and at the John Smith’s Scottish Cheltenham Trials in February, offers value and quality for jumps fans.”

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