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The Ultimate British & Irish Lions Big Screen Event with star guests
Sat 1 July 2017, 09:00 – 18:30 BST
Join us in the Royal Windsor Grandstand Suite at Windsor Racecourse for an unforgettable morning of world class rugby, before an afternoon of quality racing hospitality with a full card on this beautiful track. The British and Irish Lions take on the fearsome All Blacks in the pivotal Second Test, and we’ll be showing the match on a giant screen in the company of four rugby legends, representing the four countries who make up the Lions; England's former captain Martin Corry, Wales wing wizard Ieuan Evans, Irish full back Geordan Murphy and Scottish centre Scott Hastings will be providing half and full-time analysis, and sharing stories from their glittering careers. We are thrilled to welcome our four ‘Legends’ and it will be fascinating to hear from them on what promises to be a superb day!
After a delicious three course lunch, guests can experience a cracking afternoon’s racing on one of the track's premier meetings of the year which attracts 10,000 people, with a complimentary bar in our Suite to ensure the day goes with a swing. Once the Suite closes, you are free to enjoy live musical entertainment for the evening with a top act to be announced. This is sure to be a brilliant day, one which your clients, colleagues and friends will remember for years to come!
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions: After their stunning triumph in the 2013 Tour to Australia, hopes will be high that the Lions can finally replicate the famous success of the 1971 side, who were the last to triumph in New Zealand. The All Blacks are undoubtedly the most feared side in world rugby; World Cup winners in 2015, they are world class in every department, and the Lions will need to perform at their absolute peak if they are to emerge triumphant. There is much to be optimistic about for the visitors, as there are so many world class players to choose from, with the likes of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Dan Lydiate, George North, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray and Stuart Hogg all vying for a starting place. Whilst there will be plenty of respect, the Lions players will remember very well the treatment that Brian O’Driscoll suffered in the last tour, and a few old scores may be settled.
Martin Corry MBE: Martin Corry is a living legend in the world of Rugby, having been a mainstay of the England team for over a decade. His impressive list of accolades include winning the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003, 7 caps for the British Lions spread over two Tours in 2001 and 2005, and captaining not only England, but also top Premiership club Leicester Tigers; at club level he won an incredible five Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups. Corry went on to make 64 appearances for England between 1997 and 2007, scoring 6 tries in the process. He also appeared 279 times for Leicester Tigers, scoring 23 tries, and was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to rugby. Now retired from the game, Martin has since become one of the most inspirational motivational and performance speakers to hail from the world of sport.
Ieuan Evans MBE: Welsh Wing Wizard and British Lions legend Ieuan Evans, made his Wales debut in 1987 against France in Paris, going on to become the leading try-scorer for his country with an incredible 33 in 72 appearances by the time of his international retirement in 1998. He still lies third in the all-time list behind Shane Williams and Gareth Thomas. Dubbed “Merlin” by legendary commentator Bill McLaren, he captained the national side on 28 occasions, a record which stood until Ryan Jones surpassed the mark in 2012 and famously captained the Welsh to Five Nations glory in 1994. As a British Lion he excelled, going on three Tours, and winning 7 caps in total. He will always be remembered for scoring the Series-clinching try in the 3rd Test in the 1989 triumph over Australia, and he was also the top Tour try-scorer in New Zealand in 1993.
Geordan Murphy: Irish wing/full-back Geordan sits high in the pantheon of all-time Irish greats, featuring near the top in both appearances and tries scored for his country. After making his debut in 2000, he went on to make 73 appearances for the Greens, scoring 19 tries. Amongst the highlights of his international career, his performances for Ireland in the 2009 Six Nations helped the side to win the Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship. He was part of the British Lions squad in 2005, appearing in two of the three Tests against New Zealand, in a brutal tour which saw talismanic colleague Brian O’Driscoll injured in the ‘spear tackle’ controversy. A one club man with Leicester Tigers, he won multiple English Championships and European Cups, and is rightly regarded as a legend at the club.
Scott Hastings: One of Scotland’s finest ever players, Scott was a fixture in the Scotland side for over a decade alongside brother Gavin at full-back. At retirement he had amassed 65 caps at centre with 10 tries, making him his country’s most capped player ever at the time. Perhaps Scott’s finest moment in a Scottish jersey was the incredible try-saving tackle on Rory Underwood in the famous 1990 Grand Slam decider, which undoubtedly saved the day and led to some of the greatest celebrations the country has ever seen. Selected for two British Lions tours, Scott played in two of the three Tests in the victorious tour of Australia in 1989, and was set to play a key role in the New Zealand tour 4 years later, before a shattered cheekbone prevented him taking part in the Tests.
Windsor Races: Set in 165 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside on the banks of the Thames and in the shadow of Windsor Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse is the perfect place to be for an afternoon’s racing. The friendly and exciting atmosphere makes for a memorable and thrilling experience, and the views from the suite and balcony of the top floor of the Royal Windsor Grandstand are simply stunning, the very best the track has to offer. With many top trainers keen to test their horses at this famous old track, you can be sure to see some top notch performances, and hopefully back a winner or two in the process. Once racing finishes guests are welcome to finish off a great day on the lawn as a top music act takes to the stage for an evening of celebration.
- Reserved places within our track facing lounge at Windsor Racecourse
- Big Screen Coverage of New Zealand v British Lions (Second Test Match)
- Half Time Analysis from our British Lions Legends
- Post-Match Q & A with our British Lions Legends
- Event Hosted by Pete Graves (Sky Sports)
- Sparkling Wine Reception
- Three Course Lunch
- Complimentary Beers, Wines and Soft Drinks
- Race Programme
- Access to our Balcony overlooking the finish line to watch the racing throughout the afternoon.
- Opportunity to watch the post-racing music/DJ. The act will be confirmed in January/February 2017, but in 2016 was Vernon Kay
Sample Itinerary (Exact timings TBC)
- 9.30am: Arrive at Windsor Racecourse. Breakfast Bap is served on arrival. Pay Bar Facility is open.
- 10am: New Zealand v British Lions (Second Test Match) Commences
- 10.40am: Half Time Analysis from British Lions Legends
- 10.50am: Second Half Commences
- 11.30am: Full Time. A glass of Sparkling Wine is served to hopefully celebrate a Lions win!
- 11.45am: Q & A with British Lions Legends
- 12 Noon: Complimentary Bar of Beers, Wines and Soft Drinks is open.
- 12.30pm: Three Course Lunch is served
- 2pm: First Race of the Afternoon
- 5.30pm: Last Race of the Afternoon
- 6.30pm: Hospitality Lounge Closes. Live Music or Guest DJ Commences on the Lawn