Buoyed by its link to last Saturday’s Investec Derby winner, Golden Horn, Nottingham racecourse stages one of the highlights of its 2015 season next Monday evening.
The meeting, to be held on the eve of Royal Ascot, celebrates Nottingham Forest football legends over the last half a century. And Forest fans wearing their colours will be allowed in for just £10, with accompanied under-18s free of charge.
City Ground stars from the 1950s onwards will be at Colwick Park for the inaugural Forest Legends Raceday. All six races, with the first at 6.10 pm and the last at 8.40 pm, will be named after greats who have played for The Reds.
The super six are England internationals Des Walker, Garry Birtles and Ian Storey-Moore, Scotland stars John Robertson and Kenny Burns, plus Jeff Whitefoot, now aged 81, who is the only surviving member of Forest’s 1959 FA Cup-winning team.
Says James Knox, general manager of the racecourse: “This will be a fun evening where our two sports are brought together in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. It will be a great time for the legends, the sponsors, Forest supporters and regular racegoers.”
The card features a maiden for two-year-olds and five competitive handicaps. For tickets, call 0844 579 3011 or go online at www.nottinghamracecourse.co.uk.
The result of the £1.4 million Investec Derby was a real feather in the cap for Nottingham racecourse. For the winner, Golden Horn, trained by John Gosden, made a victorious debut at the track in a two-year-old maiden last October. And the runner-up that day, William Haggas’s Storm The Stars, finished third at Epsom! The maiden is named after Oath, another ex-Derby hero who triumphed at Colwick Park.