Exeter Races backs Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 12:15 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:34 16 June 2010

EXETER Racecourse is getting behind the BBC s Children In Need appeal at its race meeting next Friday (November 20) by hosting a racing celebrity three-legged race in the paddock.

Three-legged race for Children In Need kicks off the card at Exeter next week

EXETER Racecourse is getting behind the BBC's Children In Need appeal at its race meeting next Friday (November 20) by hosting a racing celebrity three-legged race in the paddock before the first race at 12.35pm. Jockeys, trainers and owners, including Harry Findlay, David Pipe and Nick Scholfield have all pledged to support the race and proceeds from a bucket collection will be given to the appeal.

The raceday is know as Prize Winners' Day and this year Exeter has three holidays to win - at Hillfield Cottages near Dartmouth, Holwell Cottages on Dartmoor and the luxurious Somerset Long Barn near Taunton.

Lucy Fielding-Johnson who owns Somerset Long Barn, said "We have supported this every year since Prize Winners' Day began. It is one of the most cost effective ways of advertising there is and it seems to work really well. It also means we have a really enjoyable day at the races."

Other prizes up for grabs include a year's subscription to the magazine Devon Life, books and tickets to the South West Christmas Equine Fair at the beginning of the month.

A spokesman from the course said: "We've worked out there's about a 20-1 chance of winning a prize given the number we have and the average number of entries we receive at each meeting for our racecard giveaways. Those are great odds and it has to be worth coming racing just for that."

The six races come under starters' orders at 12.35 with the Somerset Long Barn Novices' Hurdle Race over 2m1f. Bathwick Tyres sponsor two races - a novices' handicap steeplechase and a handicap steeple chase. The Devon County Show takes the name of the Exeter Novices' Steeple Chase run over three miles, The Desert Orchid Restaurant Novices' Handicap Hurdle will be run over 2m5f and concluding race of the day is the Book Your Raceday Hospitality at Exeter Racecourse Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Tickets booked on line receive a 10% discount and there's a free bus from Exeter.


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