Officials at Stratford
Racecourse are hoping attendance records will be broken for this
weekend's Intrum Justitia (Horse &
Hound) Cup two day meeting.
Race officianados reckon
the meeting's main event, The Intrum (Horse & Hound) Cup,
has the most competitive field for years, with Blanville hoping
to confirm his reputation as Champion Hunter Chaser of 2001.
This final meeting of
the Hunter Chase season will marks the end for owner and jockey
Philip Scouller. He hangs up his boots after racing on Saturday
and he is hoping for a dream end to his illustrious riding
The meeting will also
see a conclusion to the tussle for the Menís Amateur Riders
Championship between Tom Scudamore and Ben Hitchcott who is back
in the saddle after his injury. Both riders are set to fight it
out over the two-day meeting - the overall winner will be
presented with the Bollinger Award at 5.40pm on Saturday.
The Field Awards for the
Ladies Amateur Riders Championship will be presented earlier at
Other events include the
Intrum Justitia Parade of Champions featuring equine
personalities Minnehoma, Teeton Mill, Earth Summit, Garrison
Savannah, Call It A Day and Addington Boy due to take place at
3.30pm on Saturday. The parade will start in the parade ring and
continue up the finishing straight, led by mounted Hunt Servants
from the surrounding hunts.
Record crowds are
expected on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, as
Intrum Justitia continue their sponsorship of the two-day
meeting for the second consecutive year.
Friday evening (1 June)
boasts five chases in a seven race card, ensuring chase
enthusiasts a great night's racing with the added attraction of
Stratford regulars, The Milestone Band.
Saturday will include a
number of free family activities. The 'animal-free' National
Festival Circus will be performing at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, while a
face painter and a balloon modeller will be mingling with the
crowd. A bouncy castle and ball pond will also be available. The
Chipping Norton & Blockley Brass Band will be providing