Grand National winner on parade

This Sunday, April 22, the John Smith’s Grand National winner Neptune Collonges will headline Wincanton Racecourse’s Countryside Raceday.

The winning trio – Neptune Collonges, Paul Nicholls and jockey Daryl Jacob - will parade after the 3:10pm race and will be signing autographs for dedicated racegoers.

The popular raceday is action packed with an array of displays and interactive demonstrations that showcase the different aspects of glorious countryside pursuits, coupled with competitive racing.

Gates open at midday and families can enjoy a day’s racing with a feast of rural hobbies and free activities from �13 with free entry for children accompanied by an adult. The six racecard on Sunday, April 22 will also stage Ferret and Terrier Racing between races throughout the afternoon.

The Countryside Arena is active from 12:30pm and stages Ferret racing, Gundog & Working Lurcher demonstrations and a Falconry display. In the Equestrian Arena, Jenny Myerscough will start at 1pm showcasing the European sport, working equitation that involves dressage and manoeuvrability at speed. Jenny will ride Venturoso Repoula, a 10-year-old pure Lusitano Portuguese stallion. Standing at 15.2 hands high, Venturoso Repoula was bought as an unbroken three-year-old from near Lisbon and has many strings to his bow. He has evented, competed at dressage and show jumping, working equitation, open level endurance and has even made a television appearance as Sir Lancelot’s horse in the BBC Merlin series.

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Racegoers wanting to find out more about race riding can do so onboard the Equicizer (riding simulator). For younger racegoers, Wincanton’s mascot Winnie the Horse will be out and about for the entire meeting handing out free Wincanton sticker bugs. There is also complimentary face painting and a bouncy castle. There will be trade stands, a Blackmore & Sparkford Vale hound parade alongside Beagles displays, a tractor village and much more.

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