Racing week: Hedgehunter returns

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  • Hedgehunter is set to run at Limerick on Sunday, ahead of his bid to repeat his 2005 Grand National victory.

    The 11-year-old, who is trained by Willie Mullins, has not run in public since last November, when he finished fifth of 18 at Thurles after jarring a knee. According to Mullins, Hedgehunter has done four or five bits of work and everything has been promising.

    Easter at Exeter Racecourse

    Exeter Racecourse is holding an Easter Egg and Countryside Day on 11 April. Children will be able to go behind the scenes and see what happens on a race day.

    Assistant manager Vicki Robinson said: “Children are the future of racing and we want to encourage them to come and enjoy a day at the races. Racing is very exciting and by giving them a behind the scenes tour, we hope they’ll see that there is even more to the sport than what they may have seen on the television.”

    A tour of the weighing room and paddock will show what it is like race riding for a living. “Racing can often seem quite intimidating to the younger generations but we want them to come and enjoy a really great day out with us,” said Vicki.

    Children under 16 are admitted free at Exeter and those who take part in the tour will all receive an Easter egg. Countryside Day will involve stallion and hound parades, various stalls and a buffet lunch and afternoon tea in the Countryside Alliance marquee for £30.

    To book your place on the racecourse tour and for further information please contact Vicki at Exeter Racecourse (tel: 01392 832599).

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