Frankie Dettori to carry Olympic Torch around Ascot RacecourseBy Hugh Fort
July 05, 2012
World famous jockey Frankie Dettori, who famously rode seven winners in a single day at Ascot Racecourse, will carry the Olympic Torch around the historic course next week.
As an ambassador of the QIPCO British Champions Series Frankie will carry the torch around the course while on horseback.
He will ride of the former top-class racehorse Monsignor and will do a circuit of the parade ring.
The racecourse is opening its gates to the public for free from 3pm, with the torch expected at around 4.26pm and at the racecourse at 4.35pm.
Frankie said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to carry the Olympic Flame, especially at a track that holds such happy memories for me. I’ll be watching when the Flame reaches its final destination and the Olympic Games can begin.”
The gates will remain open until 7.30pm and features a fun-fair and other activities as well as live music from Ascot Brass.
Karen Smith, PR manager at Ascot Racecourse said: “The High Street will be closed for a period of time immediately before the arrival of the Torch until just after its departure.
“ Therefore, people should plan to arrive in good time.”
Car parks one, two, three, four and six will be free on a first-come-first-served basis from 2pm to 7.30pm with disabled parking available in all car parks.
For more information visit www.ascot.co.uk