Racing And Rugby Combine For Super Six Nations Raceday!


06 February 2024

Race-going rugby players like Wales wing Alex Cuthbert will have a foot in both camps when Chepstow Racecourse hosts its Six Nations Raceday.

On the same afternoon as Wales are in Dublin to play Ireland on Saturday, February 24, there is a seven-race meeting at the course.

But fans of both sports will not miss out as Chepstow will be screening live coverage of the match on its big screens throughout the course.

It means those who love both sports – like Ospreys wing Cuthbert, who co-owns two race horses – will not miss any of the action.

As the racing continues, the course will also show live coverage of the second Six Nations match of the day between Scotland and England from Murrayfield.

Rugby and racing have always enjoyed a close relationship in Wales and current national coach Warren Gatland is a big racing fan.

Gatland is a regular visitor to leading Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan’s stables in the Vale of Glamorgan and once owned a horse called Rolling Maul.

Cuthbert grew up near Cheltenham Racecourse and was a regular attender there as a youngster.

He also rode horses as a competitive show jumper until his priority switched to rugby when he was 17.

But like his fellow British and Irish Lion, Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies, Cuthbert is a racehorse owner and even has plans to move into breeding.

Cuthbert, who is co-founder of sports magazine Sportin’ Wales, says: “Rugby and racing are my two favourite sports.

“I did some pony racing as a kid, but as I grew taller and heavier my ambition to be a jockey sadly had to be shelved.

“But I am lucky to have had ownership in a couple of horses, trained by the brilliant Welsh trainer Christian Williams, and I’ve also moved into breeding horses in a project that includes the former jockey Tom Scudamore.

“The two sports combine well as they are all about using skill and courage to power through the mud!”

Davies enjoyed success at Chepstow when his horse, Potters Corner, won the 2019 Welsh Grand National as an 8-1 shot.

Another rugby player, former Scarlets player Gareth Maule, is another co-owner.

Now, rugby and racing fans will be able to enjoy seven races and two screened back-to-back Six Nations games on Six Nations Raceday.

There will also be music after the rugby from Dublin has finished with Welsh tribute band, the Stereosonics, who will be playing in the Bonanza Boy marquee.

The band will open at 4.45pm and play for an hour.

Tickets are from only £10 and kids go free.

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