This year’s October Sunday meeting was held in aid of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice for the terminally ill, and the Spinal Injuries Association which helps so many jockeys and stable staff following severe accidents. There was a large marquee with a full complement of lunch tables for ten, and a well patronised Silent Auction with around a hundred lots generously donated from far and wide, including the usual yard visits and racedays, holidays and sports occasions, tables at local restaurants, beauty treatments and luxury goods, and a special sale of works by local artists. Lots even included a day’s deep sea fishing for two – you never know what will be on offer!
Level right-handed Wincanton is the epitome of the old-school NH course, with lots of die-hard jumps fans – most of them Annual Members - well wrapped up as always in green and brown tweeds; but as ever there was a great variety of style from the very well-dressed racegoer to the dressed-down practical, all happily rubbing shoulders around the Parade Ring. The weather was pretty kind – only one heavy shower sent us scurrying for the shelter of the bars – and a good crowd duly enjoyed a happy Sunday afternoon in the fresh air with some informative racing at this very friendly and compact track.
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