18,030 racegoers attended Chester Racecourse’s Season Finale on Saturday taking the total yearly attendance for the season to 295,000, an increase of 3% on the previous season (287,000).
No sooner has the curtain fallen on a successful season; the countdown begins to spring and the 2015 Boodles May Festival. From Wednesday, October 1, tickets will be available to purchase for the season opener, online at www.chester-races.com, by telephone or by visiting the racecourse box office. Tickets for remaining 2015 fixtures will be available to purchase from late October.
It has been an exceptional summer for the course and the weather wasn’t the only highlight to note. The first of many started back in May when Michael Owen’s Brown Panther took victory in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes. The stable star later went on to win the Irish St Ledger in September via Royal Ascot.
Brown Panther’s victory in May wasn’t in isolation for the Manor House Cheshire-based yard with 15% of runners resulting in victory for Tom Dascombe this season. He finished third on the racecourse’s top trainer ladder, in good company behind Yorkshire-based trainer Richard Fahey and Andrew Balding.
Remaining on the track, Richard Kingscote piped local jockey Franny Norton at the post for the leading jockey title and Dr. Marwan Koukash, an ardent supporter of racing at Chester topped the leading owner board with 10 wins from 84 runners.
Rounding up the season, Chester Race Company Chief Executive, Richard Thomas, said; ‘It has been another fantastic season for the course and we are grateful for the support we receive from all of our customers. We now take a short break to reflect upon the season and plan for 2015 before opening the site for our six-week Winter Wonderland event in November.’