HEREFORD Racecourse is preparing for the biggest day on its calendar this Saturday.

The Christmas Jumper Raceday is set to attract another big crowd with seven jump races taking place.

The first race begins at noon and last starting at 3.30pm with gates open from 10am.

Hereford Racecourse Executive Director Rebecca Davies says that general tickets are selling well while hospitality has sold-out for the event.

"It's our biggest day of the year and we've sold out all our hospitality and private boxes and selling is going well for general tickets," said Davies.

"It's the biggest day of the year and a lot of people come down to enjoy themselves in their Christmas jumpers."

One of the day's most prestigious races has seen 16 horses enter the Appliance Solutions Ledbury Mares' Handicap Chase.

Local trainer Venetia Williams has entered both Longhouseignora and Top and Drop in the 1.10pm race while Tom Symons has his hopes on Royal Claret.

Williams also has One Style entered in the opening 12pm race Marstons Beer Company Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase over three miles and one furlong.

The biggest race field has seen 40 horses entered for the 12.35pm Santa's Mini Racers Novices' Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs.

Amongst the entrants is Demachine trained by Byton's Kerry Lee while Williams could send two horses out.

Another big field will line-up in the 2.55pm Green Dragon Hotel Hereford Handicap Hurdle with 21 horses entered while 20 entrants are due to run in the final BMWI Christmas Lights 'Junior' Standard Open NH Flat Race at 3.30pm.

Despite wet weather forecast in the coming days Davies says that any rain will have a 'minimal impact' on the day.

She added: "The forecast is wet until Saturday and then with some light showers on the day.

"We have plans for if there is wet weather with an undercover bar and seating, so the weather will have a minimal impact on the day."