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Pint-sized racing and gun dogs at Wincanton’s Countryside Day - free for kids!


A three-legged cocker spaniel named Spikey looks set to be the star attraction at Wincanton Racecourse’s Countryside Day on Sunday, October 28.

The dog is part of a display by Gamegoers Gundogs and his owner Graham Watkins says he’s always the most popular member of his demonstration team.

“He lost his leg about four years ago, and you’d never believe it. He’s’ the star of the show and a real favourite with everyone,” he said.

Spikey will be joined by his kennel mates Gillie, also a cocker spaniel, Fizz, an English springer spaniel, Ross, a black Labrador, and Copper who’s a Hungarian pointer or Wizla for a fast-moving informative display showing their training and working abilities.

Seven horses races will take place during Countryside Day, starting at 1pm, but there will also be some pint-sized racing courtesy of a team of ten ferrets whose antics have earned them a country-wide following. They are part of Graham and his family’s ferret racing team with the legendary Chainsaw Charlie, currently the oldest ferret racing in the UK, sure to be a favourite among racegoers.

“We’ll also have Dynamite Dave who is the start of our new dynasty who shows real commitment and focus in his racing. As far as he’s concerned the race isn’t over until it’s over. There’s also Big Bad Bubba and Chicken Tikka Masala – the only filly and she’s a cracker. They’ll be about ten ferrets altogether,” said Graham.

Gates open at 10.30am for a fun filled day of entertainments including in the kids zone where there will be face painting and Tractor Ted with his giant puzzles, and activity trail, while for further cuddly adventures there’s a mini farm. Merlin’s Falconry’s stunning display will also be in attendance.

Seven races will keep the crowds cheering, with fine thoroughbred horses and their devoted lads and lasses walking around the paddock before each race, before heading out onto the course where they will gallop and jump for fun against each other.

With quality racing guaranteed, and a local feel for all the family, a day out at Wincanton Racecourse is not to be missed. The first of seven races gets under way at 1pm, with gates opening at 10.30pm.

Two tickets for £25 are available until 10:59am on the 18th October 2018.

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