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Racecourse under starter’s orders for first £1m season

The starting stalls are about to fly open again at Nottingham Racecourse as Britain’s Flat racing season is launched.

And for the first time ever, more than £1m in prize-money will be won.

The racecourse has 23 racing fixtures planned between April and November – two more than last year.

With a number of the meetings at weekends and six in the evening, there is plenty of choice for seasoned race-goers and once-a-year visitors alike.

James Knox, General Manager of Nottingham Racecourse, said: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back on Wednesday 8th April for what looks to be a mouthwatering start to our 2015 season during the Easter school holidays.

“It is a great delight to welcome all the top jockeys to Nottingham on a regular basis and the support we receive from trainers, including the top Newmarket yards, is terrific.

“Everyone is welcome at Nottingham Racecourse and our four Saturday and Sunday meetings in particular are designed with families in mind.”

The seasonal launch day features the high-class £40,000 Totepool EBF Stallions Barry Hills ‘Further Flight’ Stakes.

The one-and-three-quarter-mile race, which attracts quality older horses, is in memory of the late popular grey horse Further Flight which raced in the 1990s at a high level into relative old age for a Flat racing horse and whose final victory was at Nottingham Racecourse.

The race is now named in honour of the former trainer Barry Hills who retired in 2011 and at whose stables Further Flight was trained.

He will be at the racecourse to present the trophy to the owner of the winning horse.

The Further Flight Stakes is the first of three listed races run at Colwick Park in 2015, including the EBF-sponsored Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes on Ladies’ Day in May and the new Nottinghamshire Oaks in early June.