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South West Salute at Exeter Racecourse

November 14, 2012
Exeter Racecourse
Meeting: South West Salute, Sunday November 25
First race: 1.05pm
Racecourse and Armed Forces combine to put on a day for heroes at Exeter
There will be a mix of top class racing to enjoy, Supacat all terrain vehicles to investigate, and the camaraderie of a day at the races to savour at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday, November 25 which been dedicated to the South West Salute, a charity which aims to raise over £2 million for the six military charities.
The day offers spectacular value for money for families with children aged 17 and under racing free, and all serving military personnel as well as one guest eligible for half price entry. For every full priced ticket sold, £1 will be donated to SWS too. The Rifles Support team from Exeter will also be in attendance.
Six military charities – Help For Heroes, Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and SSAFA Forces Help – are to benefit from 60pc of the funds raised by South West Salute with the remaining 40pc donated to South West-based general charities.
Exeter’s general manager Tim Darby said: “It’s the second successive year we have dedicated this Sunday meeting to a military charity. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a winter’s day of sporting action. This season, we’ve already had some incredible racing, and we very much hope the excitement of this together with the presence of all-terrain vehicles and armed service personnel will help make it a day to remember.”
Six races are on the card which begins with a handicap hurdle at 1.05pm which has been named after South West Salute Spartans.  A limited novices’ handicap chase over three miles, named after Help For Heroes, is sure to attract some decent horses, while the SSAFA Commemorative Handicap Chase will be popular.
The Poppies Pursuit Handicap Chase is next, followed by the Huge Novices’ hurdle with the Royal Navy & Marines Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle concluding the card at 3.35pm.
David Gammell, South West Salute’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted that Exeter Racecourse are holding South West Salute Race Day as the start of the awareness campaign for South West Salute in 2014.  
“South West Salute is to be a three-day event to celebrate the Best of the South West and a chance to celebrate our military. Appealing to all ages and all generations, the three days will be filled with activities and experiences to excite, enthrall and involve. We are very much looking forward to our Race day and are excited to be able to offer all military personnel half-priced tickets.”
Tickets start from £13 if booked in advance and can be booked online at or by calling 08445 793005.
A free raceday bus service is available leaving Exeter St David’s railway station 11.25am and Exeter Bus & Coach Station 11.40am and returning 30 minutes after the last race.
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