Frankie Dettori hosted the opening of Theakston Bar at York Racecourse

The new T&R Theakston bar ‘Flying Frankie’ was officially opened yesterday (May 17) on the first day of Dante Festival by its champion namesake Frankie Dettori.

The Italian jockey, who competed on the festival’s opening day, took the time to open the bar alongside Theakston Managing Director, Simon Theakston.

York Press: The opening ofThe opening of “Flying Frankie” at York Racecourse (Image: Included)

Mr Theakston said: “The Racecourse Committee presents a wonderful opportunity to set up a new bar for County Stand members.

“Theakston values ​​its long association with York Racecourse and everyone is excited to extend our relationship with this new visitor offering.”

“To have Frankie set to open the bar named in his honor today, day one of the Dante Festival, is a wonderful moment for the entire Theakston team.

“We look forward to serving some of our legendary beers to racegoers and Frankie’s many fans.”

Located at the south end of County Stand, off John Carr Terrace, the bar serves a range of premium Theakston beers including the iconic Old Peculier.

Theakston Paradise Gold vintage dry cider and Theakston Spirit of Old Peculier beer brandy will also be on offer, alongside a range of wines, pre-mixed spirits and soft drinks.

The brewery has also created a special hazy IPA, Theakston Ebor, exclusively for race-goers.

Decorated in Theakston’s yellow and black corporate colors, the bar is an extension of Theakston’s partnership with York Racecourse, which includes the brewery, which sponsors Theakston Bar in the stands and paddock.

York Press: The new Flying Frankie Bar at York RacecourseThe new Flying Frankie Bar at York Racecourse (Image: Included)

This year’s Dante Festival, the three-day horse racing event in York, began Wednesday and will run until tomorrow (May 19). The prize money totals £1.425 million.

Group 3’s Tattersalls Musidora on Wednesday saw prizes up to £130,000, while Group 2’s Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante race today (18 May) offers a record £180,000 prize.

Friday’s main race, the Yorkshire Cup, also boasts a record £180,000 in prize money thanks to the help of new sponsor Boodles.

On the first day of the Dante Festival, York Racecourse’s James Brennan said: “The gates are open, people are arriving in the sunshine and enjoying the lawns.”

Racegoers will also find the main restaurant, York Kitchen and Café – formerly known as the Grandstand and Paddock – on site.

The new name is a nod to the home-made specialty dishes, which include deep-filled Yorkshire puddings.

The County Stand also offers grab-and-go food and customers can scan a QR code to order drinks at Champagne Lawn. Frankie Dettori hosted the opening of Theakston Bar at York Racecourse

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