Hamilton Park will start a 50-day countdown to this summer’s 2011 Lanarkshire International Children’s Games with a raceday, this Wednesday (15 June), dedicated to the major event. 

On the track, there are seven races which have attracted 65 declarations including representation from the Newmarket yards of Sir Mark Prescott, Alan Bailey and Ed Vaughan and another heading the long way North during Royal Ascot week is Kevin Prendergast from Herefordshire.  

Racegoers can also expect a good show from closer to home with track regular Joe Fanning engaged in the first five races. In the second at 2.55pm he will aim to follow up on a recent victory on Hinton Admiral, trained at Carluke by Keith Dalgleish (Keith also used to ride for Joe's boss, Mark Johnston, before turning to training with significant recent success).

Elsewhere the themed meeting will provide racegoers with an opportunity to learn more about the international event and how to get involved. 

Representatives from a selection of the host venues, a Games promotional bus and even some of the athletes taking part will be among the special guests. All in attendance will also have the chance to try their hand at some of the sports involved in the games through golf and tennis simulators. 

Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the Lanarkshire International Children’s Games, a major event which will really help bring the profile of the area to the attention of a global audience. 

“With just 50 days to go our message to local people is to get involved – it promises to be a really exciting six days of competition and an opportunity to showcase the best of Lanarkshire and Scotland to our visitors. 

“Above all, it will be lots and lots of fun and that is reflected in the games we will have next Wednesday where everyone can put their sporting abilities to the test against friends and family.”  

Games Project Manager, Hugh Waters, added: “It is great that Hamilton Park Racecourse is showing its further support of the Lanarkshire International Children’s Games, celebrating just 50 days to go until the Games get underway.  Hopefully, many more local companies will feel the urge to become involved in the Games, even at this late stage. Details as to how to do this can be checked out on the website – www.ICG-Lanarkshire2011.com  

“There are now 79 cities from 34 countries coming to the Lanarkshire International Children’s Games with an estimated 1250 athletes and 250 coaches participating from as far afield as Australia, Russia, China and Africa. We know that they will receive a warm Scottish welcome wherever they are based and, indeed, at the sports venues where they will compete. This is a fantastic opportunity for the businesses and people of Lanarkshire to sell our county to the world, and I would urge them all to get behind the Games in any way they can.”

Tickets for the raceday – priced from just £13 – are available at Hamilton Park’s season via 01698 283 806 or www.hamilton-park.co.uk

Gates open at 12.20pm and first race is at 2.20pm. 

Next up at Hamilton Park are: 

·                     Thursday 23 June – Cash for Kids Night 

·                     Tuesday 28 June – Scottish Farmers Market Raceday 

·                     Saturday 9 July – Family Night with Stars from X Factor 

·                     Thursday 14 July – Totepool Glasgow Stakes Day 

·                     Friday 15 July – John Smith's Fair Friday 

·                     Friday 22 July – The Wanted Live (standalone event – no racing) 

·                     Saturday 23 July – Westlife Live (standalone event – no racing) 

·                     Saturday 30 July – Fake Bake Ladies' Night 

 

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