THE popular Saints and Sinners night is returning to Hamilton Park Racecourse after four years.
The high-profile charity meeting was held at Hamilton Park for 42 consecutive years and built up a huge following until 2007 when it moved to Ayr Racecourse where it has been staged for the last four summers.
The fixture will, however, return next summer following talks between organisers the Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland charity and Hamilton Park management.
In the past St Andrew’s Hospice, the Dementia Services Development Trust and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre have all benefited from the event which is expected to be staged on the evening of Thursday, June 28.
Philip Martin, Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland racing convener, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be returning to Hamilton Park next summer.
“On behalf of the Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland I’d like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone at Ayr Racecourse for being such warm hosts for the past four years.
“However, as a committee we see a real geographical advantage in the fixture being staged in Hamilton and much closer to the population and corporate bases of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
“We look forward to working with the management team at Hamilton Park to ensure the 2012 fixture is a huge success.”
Hamilton Park’s full 2012 calendar of fixtures is expected to be confirmed later this year.
Vivien Kyles, chief executive of Hamilton Park, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Saints and Sinners fixture back home to Hamilton.
“On a personal level I am really excited as its departure to Ayr occurred just prior to my arrival at Hamilton Park so I’m looking forward to working with the team here on an event I’ve heard so many good things about.
“But the most important element of this is the charity and helping the Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland raise as much money as possible to so many great causes. By returning to the central belt and by strong partnership working, we will strive to deliver an event which achieves just that.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton Park has been recognised for its raceday experience after winning a UK-wide award in that category at the Racecourse Association’s (RCA) Showcase Awards Dinner, held recently at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Lanarkshire track was voted the best of five finalists by an independent judging panel.
For more information about Hamilton Park Racecourse visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk