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The Clydesdales raced at Exeter racecourse on the inaugural Devon Days

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And they’re off!

This time the race was for the big guys – the really big guys. Hurray for the Clydesdales!

The big horses made the Thoroughbreds move over for one race of the day on Nov. 24 and they ruled the track, put on their racing shoes, borrowed professional jockeys and put on a terrific race. These big horses thundered down the track at Exeter Racecourse.

In a remarkable race with the Clydesdales showing their competitive side and the National Hunt jockeys in the saddle riding the heavy horses, Exeter kicked off its inaugural Devon Day. The giant horses reached speeds of 20 mph and, when it was all over, the race ended in a photo finish.

Tom Parker with M. Nolan in the saddle was the winner by a head. Second was S. Twiston-Davies with Big Allan and third was Nick Scholfield – Hadden Frost on Solo and Ian Popham on Ecco brought up the last two places.

The five Clydesdales that raced are owned by Aileen Ware and Tim Ancrum from Adventure Clydesdales, Dartmoor.

Ancrum was really proud of his horses after the race. He wants everyone to know that even though Clydesdales are draft horses, they also make excellent riding horses.

Prizes were awarded to the winning horses by Martin Clunes, who is also a Clydesdale owner. Clunes recently completed an ITV documentary on “Heavy Horsepower” that features the Clydesdale breed.

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