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Racing's bumper Boxing Day

By Pat Smith

Outside of the Big Two Irish League clash at the Oval, Down Royal will attract one of Ulster's biggest Boxing Day crowds. While the Belfast showdown between Glentoran and Linfield will draw close on 6,000 people, a strong four-figure attendance is expected at Down Royal where a competitive seven-race card gets under way at 12.25pm.

Down Royal general manager Mike Todd said: "Boxing Day at Down Royal is a great Christmas tradition and has become a firm favourite for both families and racing enthusiasts alike.

"All hospitality options are now sold out for the Boxing Day race meeting at Down Royal however admission tickets are available on the day at the turnstiles.

"All racegoers can enjoy our refurbished public bar area including Silks@downroyal, the Dark Horse Wine Bar and Café where winter warming festive fayre is available to purchase and there will be catering vans throughout the site.

"The seven strong racecard provides an opportunity to wrap up warm and beat the 'Boxing Day Blues' with some top quality National Hunt racing.

"Entrance tickets will always be available at the turnstiles on the day and under 16s go free," he added.

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