City Day

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 11:30

A day built around celebrating the history of racing at Chester and our unique position within the city.

The 2019 season opener is City Day, the inaugural day of the Boodles May Festival and an exciting one at that.

Following the breath-taking traditional curtain raiser of the Lily Agnes Stakes, the Chester Vase and Cheshire Oaks serve up some fantastic on-track action, with both Derby trials separating the men from the boys.

Top-class contenders from the likes of Aidan O'Brien and William Haggas will go head to head to compete at Epsom later in the season - this is the opportunity to run on the best turf conditions over the three days! The bar is set, expect high calibre racing and plenty of thrills.

Take a look at the 2018 Raceday Report and recall the memories of an exciting opening day in 2018. Read more here.

To celebrate opening day, tickets and badges in County Concourse and Tattersalls enclosures will be half price for a limited time only. Purchase yours before the deadline of Sunday 28 April for a great deal.

New for 2019, pre-purchase Dee Stand tickets at a discounted price of £15 per person and avoid an on the day £2 increase. As in previous seasons, a group offer is available on both Dee Stand and Open Course tickets. Buy 10 tickets in either enclosure and receive an extra ticket absolutely free.

The deadline to purchase tickets should you wish to receive them in the post is Friday 3 May 2019. Past this point, tickets can be collected on the day from the Box Office on arrival. If you are purchasing a Dee Stand or Tattersalls ticket, you can opt to print your ticket at home and avoid postage charges.

Hospitality packages for this fixture will go on general sale from Friday 2 November 2018. Should you wish to register your interest to purchase hospitality for the Boodles May Festival or any other fixtures in the 2019 calendar, click here to complete an online form or call the Hospitality team on 01244 304 631. 


Raceday Schedule
  • Time Sponsor


  • 1:50pm Sponsor logo

    The Stellar Group Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes (Class 2) (2yo)
    Distance: 5f 15y | Prize: £25000

  • 2:25pm Sponsor logo

    The Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks (Class 1) (Listed) (3yo fillies)
    Distance: 1m 3f 75y | Prize: £75000

  • 3:00pm Sponsor logo

    The Boodles Diamond Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo)
    Distance: 5f 15y | Prize: £35000

  • 3:35pm Sponsor logo

    The MBNA Chester Vase (Class 1) (Group 3) (3yo colts & geldings)
    Distance: 1m 4f 63y | Prize: £100000

  • 4:05pm Sponsor logo

    The SportPesa Maiden Stakes (Class 3) (3yo)
    Distance: 1m 2f 70y | Prize: £20000

  • 4:35pm Sponsor logo

    The HomeServe Handicap Stakes (Class 3) (3yo)
    Distance: 6f 17y | Prize: £20000

  • 5:05pm Sponsor logo

    The HR Owen Maserati Handicap Stakes (Class 4) (4yo+)
    Distance: 7f 1y | Prize: £12000