WAGS and socialites are looking forward to the opening of The Winning Post enclosure at Chester Racecourse when the season gets underway at the May festival (May 4-6).
As the name suggests, the premium enclosure is located right by the winning post, offering unparalleled views of the closing stages of every race from just within the running rail.
But be warned, ticket prices are not for the faint-hearted ranging from £78 up to £90 at popular meetings like Ladies’ Day - although the racecourse stresses these are the same prices that were charged in 2015 before the enclosure was revamped.
The enclosure sits in the heart of the buzzing paddock incorporating a new 26-metre long contemporary ‘glass’-like structure alongside the racetrack plus other covered areas within an open plan design that also features new-look stand-alone bars and food concessions, high poseur tables and stools, TVs and heaters.
A custom designed vintage Citroen van will serve premium spirits and beers alongside Champagnes, complemented by street food concepts from across the globe.
Chief executive Richard Thomas said: “The final seven weeks before the start of any season is a busy time for the team and no more so than when we have a new offering or development. What’s positive is that our facilities never stand still at Chester and we’re delighted to be able to provide another experience for racegoers visiting Chester in 2016.”
Winning Post Enclosure prices may be eye-watering but it’s worth pointing out that a badge also provides access to the County Enclosure and paddock.
Adjacent to the Winning Post Enclosure, building works are also underway to create a new purpose-built facility for entertaining partners and sponsors on race days. This new premium networking space will be limited to 60 corporate guests and will mirror that of an exclusive airport business lounge.
To complement this new Partners' Lounge, a viewing platform on the building’s roof will provide the ‘perfect vantage point’ looking down the home straight and onto the winning post.
Tickets for the new Winning Post Enclosure and all other tickets for the Boodles May Festival can be purchased online at chester-races.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01244 304610.