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Isle of Wight Grand National returns this year

Tue 29 Jan 2013

Isle of Wight Grand National returns this year

Fans of horse racing planning a visit to the Isle of Wight in the coming months might like to book tickets for this year's Isle of Wight Grand National & Ashey Scurry on Saturday March 24th.

The amateur horse racing event will be taking place at West Ashey Farm in Ryde and will see entrants complete two laps of a number of bespoke courses featuring a maximum of eight fences.

Visitors will have the chance to bet on their favourite racers, with five events to be held on the day for the expectant crowd - the Puffing Billy Stakes, Puffed Out Billy Stakes, the senior Ashey Scurry, junior Ashey Scurry and the 2013 Creasey, Biles and King Isle of Wight Grand National.

Last year's winners in each respective category were Madeleine Hughes on Khaya Angelica, Rowan Treagus on Midnight Star, Caroline Dennis riding Hot Chipotle, Izzie Marshall on Chukka and Fraser Marshall riding Des.

Each race this year is also likely to be hotly contested, with entrants tackling a range of obstacles, including hedges, posts and rails.

The event is popular among locals and visitors alike and has even secured a number of high-profile sponsors, including Elite Spas, Skoda Auto, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and HY Duke & Son of Dorchester, among others.

Meanwhile, all those hoping to enjoy a cultural getaway in the coming months might like to head along to the Ryde Theatre, which popular promoter for the Isle of Wight Festival John Giddings has recommended as a "beautiful, brilliant" place.

A recent £400,000 bid to purchase the property by a consortium of four doctors was turned down, leading to Mr Giddings highlighting the need for the venue to be maintained properly in order to attract further investment in the arts in the future.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801530841-ADNFCR

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