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It's the Somerset National at Wincanton Racecourse on Thursday 17th January

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 17:25
By Lucy Johnson

A purple jockey riding a white horse over a brown fence

The West Country’s lauded Somerset National, which is run on Thursday, January 17th, has a new sponsor with the race now run in the name of Healthy Pets.

The company, which provides insurance for pet owners, was founded in 1996 by Mark Effenberg, who remains at the helm of the pet-loving business. 

“We are delighted to be sponsoring at Wincanton Racecourse, and in particular the Somerset National which is a race that attracts some much loved horses.”

 - Mark Effenberg, Founder, Healthy Pets

“The Somerset National has been run for many years, giving seasoned chasers who excel at long distances the chance to claim a notable prize. It’s a great fit and we are delighted about our association with Healthy Pets.”

 - Huw Williams, General Manager, Wincanton Racecourse

There have been some fabulous horses who have won the Healthy Pets Somerset National, including Jess Westwood’s ever popular Monkerty Tunkerty who galloped to success in 2014. He was retired after running in the 2016 Somerset National to pursue a career in the showring, eventing and showjumping. In December, the 15-year-old was crowned The Jockey Club-sponsored Retraining of Racehorses Horse of the Year for 2018.

Seven races are on the card, which begins at 12:50pm with the Healthy Pets Somerset National the feature race at 2:25pm. Gates open at 10:50am and pre-booked tickets are available from £12.

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