THE Dame Hannah Rogers Trust Devon National is the feature on Exeter Racecourse's six race card next Tuesday and with the anticipation building for the Cheltenham Festival the following week, the atmosphere is sure to be buzzing at the Devon track.
THE Dame Hannah Rogers Trust Devon National is the feature on Exeter Racecourse's six race card next Tuesday and with the anticipation building for the Cheltenham Festival the following week, the atmosphere is sure to be buzzing at the Devon track. The marathon three miles seven and a half furlong contest, which is worth £20,000, looks set to attract some of the best staying chasers around with stamina required in abundance to get home in front. Some entries may have the John Smith's Grand National as the target in April, and previous runners include Naunton Brook who is being aimed at the famous race.The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust is a leading charity in the south-west. Based at Ivybridge near Plymouth, it was originally established in 1787 at the bequest of Dame Hannah Rogers as a school for "the poor and unfortunate children of Devon and Cornwall." It is now recognised by Ofsted as a leading provider of education and care for profoundly physically disabled young people in the UK.Assistant manager Vicki Robinson said: "We are thrilled to have the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust at Exeter and we hope they enjoy their day out on Haldon Hill."Racing kicks off with the Weatherby's Printing Novices' Hurdle at 2.30pm. It's run over three miles and half a furlong and, like the Devon National, only for those with plenty of stamina. Then it's the European Breeders' Fund Mares Only National Hunt Novices Hurdle, a qualifier for the final at Newbury later in the month which has a total prize fund of £50,000.To get into Festival fever there's the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival 2008 Betting Guide Novices' Steeple Chase run over two miles three an a half furlongs followed by the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Hurdle over two miles three furlongs. Concluding the day is the Totesport Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle.On March 27, Exeter is promoting a special day for race sponsorship enabling businesses to make a real impact in the media from just £500. Also, for just £40 plus VAT per person, private boxes can be booked with the price including entrance badge, two-course hot meal, a race card and £2 off a £5 bet with the Tote.For information on race day packages, catering and facilities log onto www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk or call 01392 832599.