Belfast Telegraph

Drumbo Gold rush

By Robert Fenton

It'll all be over in less than 29 seconds – but the anticipation and excitement is already building as the final of the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup approaches.

The first round heats take place on Saturday, with the semi-finals on Saturday week and the final on November 9, one of Drumbo Park's biggest nights of the year.

A £5,000 prize pot is on offer in the final, out of the festival's total £10,000 prize fund.

John Connor, Drumbo Park racing manager, said: "The Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup is one of our top flagship events of the year.

"It attracts a very high calibre of runners with top trainers from right across the island of Ireland, and often further afield, taking part.

"Regulars and new faces can look forward to some exciting races in the weeks ahead."

Paul McGurk, innovation marketing manager with Tennent's NI, added: "Drumbo Park has firmly cemented its reputation as one of Northern Ireland's most popular nights out and the captivating Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup event is the perfect way to experience all the thrills and excitement of race night.

"This event has proved to be the perfect fit for our new brand.

"The take up has been so positive to Caledonia Smooth and its association with this top sporting event is such a perfect fit that it makes it the ideal platform at which to showcase the product.

"To further enhance the commercial benefits to our partners in the event we are running trade promotions across Northern Ireland. Consumers who buy a pint of Caledonia Smooth in October will each receive a collector card and a token. Everyone who collects four tokens will automatically receive one free entry to Drumbo Park up to the final on November 9 plus a free pint of Caledonia Smooth when they get there."

And Drumbo Park's state-of-the-art facilities will make it a night to remember come next month.

John Connor added: "We also recommend racegoers make their evening at the final even more of a big night out by booking a table in the warmth and luxury of the restaurant which has panoramic views of the track, where you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

"The stadium's restaurant provides a gourmet menu and luxury seating to accommodate some 300 guests."

To find out more about the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup or to book online, simply visit

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