A net of carrots for every Irish-bred winner and half price entry for racegoers wearing something a little Irish are on offer at Exeter Racecourse on March 17 when it celebrates St Patrick’s Day.
The racecourse is saluting the huge contribution horses bred in Ireland make to the fabric of racing in the UK on Ireland’s yearly highpoint in its calendar.
Half price entry for all tickets is also on offer, but the proviso is racegoers have to make a little effort and wear something more than just green.
Acting racecourse manager Daniel Thompson said: “We’d like racegoers to get a little creative and pin shamrocks to their jumpers, pin an Irish flag to their backs or perhaps go the whole hog and dress as leprechauns.
“St Patrick’s Day is such a huge tradition and celebrated across the world so we thought we’d do our own little bit at Exeter.”
Leading insurance brokers Higos Insurance Services which has offices throughout Westcountry sponsors the meeting and six races are on the card which begin at 2.10pm.
With the half price offer, Grandstand and Paddock tickets cost just £7.50 and Premier tickets £10 and pre-booking is not required.
Daniel said: “Our gate staff will be scrutinizing racegoers checking for the little bit of Ireland they bring to the racecourse. It should be a really good fun day, with excitement still riding high after Cheltenham and with Aintree’s Festival still to come.”