They’re off! English fizz gal­lops ahead of cham­pagne at Ain­tree

Daily Mail - - News - By Richard Mars­den

ENGLISH sparkling wine is set to oust cham­pagne from the win­ner’s en­clo­sure at this year’s Grand Na­tional for the first time in the race’s 180-year history.

As the three-day fes­ti­val at Liver­pool’s Ain­tree racecourse kicks off to­day, the fizz will be of­fered to win­ning own­ers and train­ers as part of an agree­ment be­tween The Jockey Club and wine­maker Coates &

Seely. It is vic­tory once again for home­grown bub­bly English wine­mak­ers who en­joyed an 89 per cent in­crease in sales in the five years to 2017.

Hampshire-based Coates & Seely has also been given ‘pour­ing rights’ as the only English sparkling wine sup­plier for 14 of The Jockey Club’s 1 race­courses, in­clud­ing Ep­som Downs and New­mar­ket. The only ex­cep­tion is Chel­tenham which al­ready has a deal with wine­maker Nyetim­ber. Ni­cholas Coates and Chris­tian Seely, co-founders of Coates & Seely, said: ‘We are de­lighted to have been ap­pointed an Of­fi­cial Part­ner by The Jockey Club.’

Paul Fisher, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Jockey Club Race­courses, added: ‘We look to sup­port Bri­tish pro­duc­ers on our menus and wine lists wher­ever we can and I’m sure our race­go­ers will be im­pressed with this sparkling wine.’

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