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Racing in Aid of St Margaret's Hospice & Wincanton Community Hospital

Friday 26 October 2012, 13:06
By Hannah Walker

Wincanton's Charity Race Day was launched in 1997, with St Margaret's Hospice being a principal beneficiary for over a decade. The meeting to date, which hosts a marquee reception and a silent auction, has raised over £600,000 for the hospice alone and is considered one of its most successful regional fundraising events.

Brenin Cwmtudu after a raceSt Margaret's Hospice is a local charity committed to providing care, advice, support and respite to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties. In 2010 St. Margaret's celebrated 30 Years of Caring for the people of Somerset.

The race day is greatly supported by the horseracing community, with many trainers using the October fixture as a debut for up-and-coming horses ridden by top jump jockeys from AP McCoy, Richard Johnson, Daryl Jacob and others.

Advance tickets start from £12 for racing on Sunday 28th October. To book call the hotline 0844 579 3014 or visit www.wincantonracecourse.co.uk. Racing starts at 1.20pm. There is a complimentary bus service that meets trains coming into Templecombe at 11.28am (London Waterloo) and 11.46am (Exeter St Davids) and will leave the racecourse at 4.30pm.

Hospitality in the charity marquee starts from £75 per ticket or £700 for a table of 10 and includes a champagne reception, three-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea. Book now at www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk.

Wincanton's Closer to the Action, a campaign that features on weekend fixtures to help race-goers get the most from their day, will be in operation offering race-goers the chance to go behind the scenes before racing and visit the weighing room and the judges box as well as get a feel for life as a trainer and a jockey. Wincanton will also stage trips to the start for the first three races. Meeting point: Outside weighing room, departing promptly 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Restaurant from: £45pp (Premier admission, a set three-course meal and a table for the day).

Children aged 17 and under race free.




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