Sheep line up for their own Grand National

THE BIG Sheep family attraction at Abbotsham is staging its own Grand National on Saturday. Six runners will line up for the annual Sheep Stakes, which starts at 3.50pm. All the sheep and their jockeys have been in secret training for six months. Direc

THE BIG Sheep family attraction at Abbotsham is staging its own Grand National on Saturday.Six runners will line up for the annual Sheep Stakes, which starts at 3.50pm.All the sheep and their jockeys have been in secret training for six months.Director of the flock Rick Turner said: "Last year, Alderknitty surprised us all by coming first. Anything can happen on the day, which simply adds to the excitement of the race."Visitors will be able to place bets before the race and special VIP guests will enjoy a champagne reception in the Tattersalls enclosure.Bets can be placed prior to the 3.50pm wacky race and everyone placing a bet will be issued with their own named Sheep Badge which they can take home to remind them of a great day out. The runners and riders are: Alderknitty, ridden by Bob Chump; Sheargar (R Rancombe); Golden Fleece (P Earl), Woolly Jumper (P Scrabimore); and Red Ram (Jester Piglet).BETTING FORECAST: Aldernitty 7-2 Sheargar 11-2, Little Pullover 9-1 Golden Fleece 12-1 Woolly Jumper 20-1 Red Ram 66-1


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