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Olympic theme for the racing

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

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RACING returns to Exeter on Thursday, October 11 when the racecourse will be saluting Olympic athletes at its first meeting of the new season.

After its customary five month break the racecourse stages a South West Olympians Celebration Day.

The occasion will celebrate the achievements of Team GB, particularly those based locally.

Among the athletes attending are three-day eventing legend Mary King, who represented her country for the sixth consecutive time at London 2012.

With her horse Imperial Cavalier she helped Team GB secure silver, and Exeter has named a race in her honour.

A spokesman said: "Exeter is a favourite among many of the country's trainers who use it as a nurturing ground to launch the careers of their potentially top class horses and they are sure to be at the meeting along with the country's top jockeys including AP McCoy, Richard Johnson and Tom Scudamore."

The first of six races gets underway at 2.20pm and advanced tickets are available from £13 and race day packages from £25.

There is a free bus service from Exeter St David's railway station, which leaves at 12.40pm and Exeter Bus & Coach Station, which leaves at 12.55pm. The bus returns 30 minutes after the last race. For more visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

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