RACING: Pipe impressed by prize money

First published in Sport

Taunton Racecourse hosts the biggest and most valuable meeting in its history on Saturday (January 19) when the first action goes to post at 1.10pm.

The fixture sponsored by Betfair, comprises a seven race card offering a massive £115,000 in prize money, much more than anything else that has ever been on offer at the Orchard Portman course.

The big race of the afternoon is the Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively on Betfair Open Handicap Steeple Chase (Class2) over 2m 3f which is due off at 4pm and has a huge prize fund of £30,000.

David Pipe, who has notched up 60 winners so far this season, is one of the top trainers expected to have runners on Saturday.

He said: “Taunton have done extremely well to get this level of prize money and I’m sure that the racing will be very competitive.”

Bob Young the Chief Executive at Taunton Racecoure said: “This is the richest meeting in our 85 year history with £115,000 of prizes and it is the first ever Saturday meeting that we own so we hope to set a standard on this one going forward. “We are expecting a large crowd so anyone coming along should visit our website – www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk – for a suggested alternative route to avoid the queues.”

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