Chester Racecourse announces newly named Trials Day

horse racing with jocket in pink and green silks for Chester Racecourse newly named Trials Day

Previously known as City Day, the newly named Trials Day will open the 2024 Chester Racecourse season at the Boodles May Festival on Wednesday, 8 May, placing a greater emphasis on the afternoon’s quality card of racing. 

A springboard to Epsom and beyond, Trials Day features the running of the Weatherbys Cheshire Oaks (for fillies) and Boodles Chester Vase (for colts and geldings), two of three traditional Classic Trials held during the Boodles May Festival.    

The races serve as indicators for The Oaks and The Derby at Epsom and are contested by three-year-olds likely to run in them. 

From Light Shift to Enable, Shergar to Ruler of the World, there have been many great horses that have franked their success at Chester to win either The Oaks or The Derby at Epsom in the same season.   

Favoured by many of the trainers, Chester offers a flat-track education that proves valuable for potential stars of racing in readiness for two of the most famous and prestigious British flat races. 

Record prize money of more than £400,000 is on offer on the forthcoming Trials Day. With the wet weather of late, there’s hope for dryer conditions to help kick-start the new season at Chester Racecourse.

Andrew Tulloch, Head of Racing at Chester Racecourse, said:

“Trials Day is a high-quality day of racing at Chester and attracts some of the best three-year-olds. Our trials, including the Dee Stakes on the Thursday, help frank the form for the season. This is an opportunity for racegoers to watch some of the best racing on the Roodee and mark their card for future stars.”      

For further information about Trials Day or to buy tickets, please visit the Chester Racecourse website.

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