Taunton Races set for terrific Tuesday of action

PUBLISHED: 11:25 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 04 January 2018

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Taunton racegoers can gallop into the new year at the Orchard Portman course when they host the Love Musgrove Raceday on Tuesday (January 9), which carries a handsome prize fund of nearly £63k and the first of the seven races goes to post at 12.35pm, writes Richard Walsh.

The action begins with The Love Musgrove Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race over two miles and half a furlong, which is followed at 1.05pm by The Love Musgrove Maiden Hurdle Race, over three miles, which is the longest of the day.

The Musgrove Staff Novices’ Hurdle Race over two miles and three furlongs is next to post at 1.35pm.

The big race on the card that day is The Hawksmoor Investment Handicap Steeple Chase, a Class 3 event over two miles and seven furlongs, with a very generous prize pot of £15,800, which is due off at 2.10pm.

This is followed 35 minutes later by The Greenslade Taylor Hunt Handicap Hurdle, also a Class 3 event, over two miles and three furlongs which has prize money of £13,800 up for grabs.

The penultimate race on the card at 3.20pm is the Geoffrey Bosley ‘Tally Ho’ Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase over two miles and seven furlongs, which is likely attract a lot of interest from the local point-to-point fraternity.

The action concludes with The Simple Minds In Concert, September 2 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles and half a furlong at 3.50pm.

There will be an exit collection on behalf of the Love Musgrove Appeal at the end of the day.

Those who purchase their tickets in advance online before 10am the day prior to racing can take advantage of the ‘two for the price of one’ offer that is available for January 9.

To book tickets in advance online and for all other information, log on to www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk

A courtesy coach departs from Taunton Railway Station two hours before the off and returns from the course 30 minutes after the start of the last.

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