Legends head to Hamilton Park on Braveheart night

Scotland manager Craig Levein will be at Hamilton Park
Scotland manager Craig Levein will be at Hamilton Park

RACING fans will be given the chance to play out their childhood dreams by lifting the Scottish Cup at Hamilton Park’s William Hill Braveheart Night on Friday, May 18.

Holding the status of the oldest national trophy in the world, members of the public will be able to get pictures taken with the cup at the first Super Six fixture of Hamilton Park’s season.

Boasting a guest list packed with former Hearts and Hibs legends the race meeting is sure to get fans excited for the hotly anticipated Edinburgh derby, kicking off the following day.

Fires of Scottish pride are sure to be stoked when the country’s history is brought to life as famous battles will be re-enacted in front of the Friday night crowd.

Once the sporting festivities are complete, race-goers can dance the night away to the Celtic sounds of Scottish folk band The Midges.

For those who fancy a flutter, there is a prize pot of £71,000 over the seven stakes which are being competed across the evening, with the first sprint leaving the starting gate at 5.45pm.

Vivien Kyles, chief executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “Bringing the iconic Scottish Cup along to our first Super Six fixture of the season is a real feat for the racecourse and we hope it gets everyone excited for Saturday’s game.

“It’s been another great start to the season for us, attracting a great turnout for last Friday night’s Caribbean Night, with thousands of visitors turning out for an evening of Calypso themed fun, despite some wet weather.

“Football fans travelling through from Edinburgh on Friday are invited along to enjoy the races and revel in an evening’s entertainment, getting the chance to hold the cup a day before their footballing heroes.”

Gates open at 3.45pm and the first race is at 5.45pm.

The highlight of Friday’s card is the £40,000 William Hill Braveheart Listed Stakes at 8pm, with the winner picking up a cheque for £23,000.

The line up includes 2010 winner Hillview Boy (Jim Goldie), two from Mark Johnston including the top weight Gulf of Naples, rated 108, and also even includes a representative from the all-conquering Donald McCain’s Bankhouse in Constant Contact (Paddy Aspell).

Donald’s better known in the jumping ranks but has had recent success on the flat at the Spring Chester meeting.

Tickets will be available at racecourse’s main turnstiles on the night from just £15, with more information available by calling Hamilton Park on 01698 283806.

Next up at Hamilton Park after the William Hill Braveheart Night is the Chamber of Commerce Raceday on Thursday, June 7.