Top tips for family fun race day at Southwell Racecourse

The countdown is on to the Family Fun Day at Southwell Racecourse - backed by our sister title, the Mansfield Chad, and featuring a host of child-friendly attractions alongside a full programme of national hunt races.

Friday, 8th July 2016, 11:59 am
Updated Friday, 8th July 2016, 1:02 pm
The Chad Family Fun Day takes place at Southwell Racecourse on Sunday, July 10.

And raceday presenterer Will Bowler has put together his top tips for the racing action.

Will says: “There is a bumper eight race card to enjoy at Southwell on Sunday for Family Fun Day.

“In terms of the action on the track, champion trainer Paul Nicholls sends just one runner to the Nottinghamshire venue where he has sent out four winners from just seven runners in the past five seasons.

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“And The Outlaw would be an appropriate winner given he is running in Robin Hood’s county.

“He lines up in the 3.15pm, just more than half an hour after Nicholls’ former assistant Dan Skelton runs Swansea Mile in the Novice Chase, a progressive young horse who ran extremely well on his chasing debut at Worcester recently and “will take the world of beating here for local owner Craig Buckingham.

“In the HSS Hire Handicap Hurdle at 4.20pm, the Rosemary Gasson-trained Mr McGuiness should go close to making up for a last flight fall at Southwell recently when clear.

“Finally, in the closing national hunt flat race at 6pm, the bizarrely named Gvs Irportensa should have a leading chance for jockey Gavin Sheehan and trainer Warren Greatrex, a combination who are potent in races such as this, so much so that they have had 29 winners together at a 33 per cent strike rate in national hunt flat races in the last five seasons.

“Hopefully the weather stays dry and the big crowd that is expected enjoying a terrific day out.”

The Chad Family Fun Day takes place at Southwell Racecourse on Sunday, July 10.

There will be an array of fairground rides and children’s attractions, together with a travelling show,...

Gates open at 11.30am, with the first of eight races at 2.10pm. The last race is at 6pm.

For more details and tickets, visit