British Trainer Nicholls could enter 6 Horses in New Year’s Day Meeting at Musselburgh
Added on: Dec. 31, 2013
The New Year’s Day Meeting at Musselburgh is an annual event which takes place just outside of East Lothian, Scotland, which is approximately 6 miles from Edinburgh. Depending on the condition of the ground, it has been reported that British National Hunt horse trainer Paul Nicholls could end up entering up to as many as six runners in the 2014 New Year’s Day Musselburgh event.
Racing will begin at 12.25 GMT although the doors will open a lot earlier, at 10.30 am and the day should finish up after the last race has ended at around 3.45pm. The general manager of Musselburgh Racecourse, Bill Farnsworth, revealed how pleased he was with the quality of runners that are scheduled to turn up. He also revealed how the pre-sale admissions had grown by an impressive 100% compared to twelve months ago.
An estimated 4000+ could end up coming on Wednesday. In an effort to bring even more spectators to the New Year’s event, the racecourse will be organising additional specially chartered buses to and from central Edinburgh.
“The weather forecast for New Year's Day is frost and snow free so it is all systems go and with a bit of luck Musselburgh will avoid the worst of the current unsettled weather. If the rain eases off and the going is not too soft we can expect a strong team to be sent up by Paul Nicholls to add to a sizeable Irish contingent,” said Farnsworth.
He then went on to say, “The standard of entries is very high and the weather outlook means we have no concerns about racing going ahead. Prize money has increased by £30,000 on last year and pre-sales indicates that our New Year meeting is gaining momentum and building a following, so it will be great to kick off 2014 on a high.” These comments were taken directly from the Sportinglife website.
Racers will be competing for a share of £120,000 in prize money (which is approximately US$198,200), plus there’s also the feature £40,000 ($66,100) Totepool Mobile Hogmaneigh Hurdle for spectators to enjoy.
Nicholls favourite to win the event is a top-weight horse called Sametegal, which is a successful horse that has already been a course winner in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle. If you happen to be in the area on New Year’s Day, this is one event on the racing calendar that you should definitely try and get to.