Look out for a Welsh raid on Larkhill

Larkhill hosts its sixth meeting of the season on Saturday as the Avon Vale Races reach the start line, writes Bob Bracher. It will be another opportunity for all of the family to enjoy an afternoon’s racing as well as participating in a family dog show starting at 12.30 plus the usual trade stands, bar, bookmakers and the Taste Team who will be offering spectators a range of local produce to sample and purchase. There will be early bird admission at £8 until 6pm on Friday evening at www.avonvaleraces.com The feature race, the Goodman Nash Mixed Open race, has attracted a strong entry of ten horses, with Green Winter a winner at the last meeting being one of the main fancies. Now traine

Taste Team adds to an annual standing dish at Larkhill

The Taste Team, built around Gretchen Winter's Farm Cookery School at Netherstreet, Bromham, brings a new taste dimension to this year's Avon Vale Races through a collection of artisan local producers selling take-home foods and beverages. "There's nothing like the fresh air of a day at the races to bring on an appetite," commented Gretchen. "Our collection of independent producers from around Wiltshire will add a new taste experience and ambiance to the event, and I'm hoping racegoers will respond very positively. From local chutneys to sides of pork, this offers Wiltshire racing fans a chance to see the glorious range of foods being created from the soil around them." The Little Bakehouse

Larkhill or Meydan? No contest!

I recently returned from a short break in Dubai, where my eldest son is on a placement with Meydan Racecourse as part of the innovative and well perceived Darley Flying Start graduate scheme. Of course, there's no Jump racing in the desert - an immediate drawback, although it appears camel racing is as popular, if not more so, than Thoroughbred Flat racing. Meydan is a tribute to Sheikh Mohammed's determination to make Dubai a destination venue for all sport. In the space of less than a month in March, you would have been able to see Roger Federer play tennis, cricket in the Pakistan Super League, and at the end of this month, the richest race day in the world - the Dubai World Cup, worth £1

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