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At your service: a butler with racing knowledge

A day at the races – with your very own personal butler

At your service: a butler with racing knowledge

August 02 2011
Sibéal Pounder

It has quite a track record: the legendary racehorse Golden Miller (winner of five Cheltenham Gold Cups) made his steeplechasing début here in 1931, jockey Lester Piggott rode his first and last winners here, in 1949 and 1994, and among the long list of cup claimants is King Edward VII’s racehorse Minoru and Winston Churchill’s Loving Cup. And then there are its famous Party in the Paddock performances by the likes of Simply Red and The Wanted. But this year, Newbury Racecourse is further extending its repertoire – for one day only on this year’s Ladies Day, Saturday August 13 – with the introduction of the new Pampering in the Paddock service.

Organised in partnership with butler provider Randolphs, guests who choose this option, explains Stephen Higgins, joint MD of Newbury Racecourse, will be provided with a personal butler “armed with expert racing knowledge”. Higgins hopes the service will offer an education for first-timers as well as a hassle-free service for racing veterans.

The butlers will scour the parade ring picking up tips from top breeders, owners and trainers and will ensure, should you fancy a flutter, that you don’t have to venture from the Premier Enclosure to queue. They will also be on hand to fetch drinks and serve a complimentary seafood platter before leaving guests to enjoy the evening’s Party in the Paddock with – fittingly – ladies’ man Tom Jones and an after-party with DJ Kingston Rhythm in the racecourse’s White Room.

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