Perth celebrates 400 years of racing in 2013

One of Scotland’s oldest racecourses has unveiled its exciting plans for 2013, to celebrate 400 years of horseracing in Perth.


Perth Racecourse has revealed its 2013 fixture list for April to September, which includes a brand new fixture – Scottish Food and Drink Day and Farmers’ Market, as well as a series of new themes for fixtures throughout the year.

The racecourse will kick-off the racing season with its traditional three-day April Festival which takes place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of the month, the Festival, which features the Highlands National promises to be one of the most exciting ever.

The April Festival is followed in May by a new Bavarian-style Bierfest theme, where participants can combine an appreciation of quality beers and horseracing. The racecourse have also introduced the Scottish Food and Drink Day event at the beginning of September, to give racegoers a taste
of Perthshire and an opportunity to sample local produce in a farmers-style market.

The final event of the year will see a Big Bang-style theme, featuring a post-racing Beat the Retreat and fireworks display, to mark the end of the 400-year celebrations. 

Other events hosted throughout the year will include the ever-popular Ladies' Day and Family Fun Day, as well as the Gold Cup which will feature a Baroque theme. The Racecourse’s oldest event, the Glorious Finale, will take place at the end of September and attracts the cream of the racing elite, including Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders.

Sam Morshead, Perth Racecourse Manager, said: “Since its founding Perth Racecourse has risen in status to become one of the popular courses in Scottish and British horseracing and 2013 marks a hugely significant milestone for us, as well as for the city of Perth.

“We wanted to commemorate this very special occasion with a suitably exciting fixture list that would demonstrate Perth Racecourse’s fantastic facilities and its ability to host a great day out. This year, we have introduced a brand new Scottish Food and Drink event which will showcase the best produce that Scotland has to offer. We have also introduced some new fixture themes and continue to improve our visitor experience with a brand new ‘head on’ enclosure and a picnic pavilion, both of which will be opened in April.

“We are currently working on a series of very exciting projects specifically linked to the 400years of racing in Perth anniversary, which we will reveal in greater detail in the next few weeks. 2013 is set to be a great year for us and we would encourage people to come along and join in with our unmissable

For further information about Perth Racecourse's 2013 fixture list, contact 01738 551 597 or visit  

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