Historic Newmarket Town Plate returns to Newmarket Racecourses’ Adnams July Course for ‘Summer Saturday Live’ with The Vamps

Monday 20 August 2018

A field of 12 runners has been declared for the 349th running of the world’s oldest surviving race – the Newmarket Town Plate – at 5.45pm on Summer Saturday Live with The Vamps on Saturday 25 August at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course.

Sponsored by Newmarket-based businesses Golding and Powters, this historic contest is run over a stamina-sapping three-and-three-quarter mile course, much of which is only used for this single race each year, but ends on the same home straight as all races at the Adnams July Course.

For many years one of the most prestigious races in the land, the Town Plate is now a glorious historical eccentricity, competed for by amateurs and boasting a jockeys’ prize of a Perpetual Challenge Plate; a photo frame; a voucher from the Newmarket High Street clothes shop Golding; and a box of Powters Celebrated Newmarket Sausages.

These jockeys’ prizes are also embedded in the race's history and all riders who compete are true amateurs – the race has been won by both an accountant, a Sheikh and a neurosurgeon in recent years – and the rest of the prize package on offer to the winning rider is very much about tradition.

The race is set to take place at 5.45pm, shortly before the start of the performance by The Vamps on the main stage, and will prove to be an exciting end to the day’s racing.

Still need a ticket? Prices for Summer Saturday Live featuring The Vamps and the Newmarket Town Plate start from just £25 per adult in the Garden Enclosure, while Under 16s go FREE.

Racegoers are urged to book quickly to avoid disappointment. Why not upgrade and try one of our premium or hospitality experiences? For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or speak to a member of our sales team on 0844 579 3010.

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