‘War Horse’ stallion to parade at Fontwell Park races

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AS the Hollywood film charms audiences to remain at the top of the UK box office, the National Theatre’s production of Warhorse is making a visit to Fontwell Park.

Topthorn, the show’s black stallion, along with Captain Nicholls will be on parade prior to the first race at Fontwell on Sunday February 26. Racegoers will have the chance to come face to face with the life-like puppets throughout the day and learn more about the making of the hit West End play.

General Manager Holly Glover said “I am thrilled that the Warhorse production can join us for our ‘All About The Horse’ raceday. It completes a great family day we are promoting here at Fontwell Park and will give visitors the chance to see these amazing puppets up close.”

This adds to an already exciting programme of entertainment in place for the ‘All About The Horse’ raceday, themed around a fantastic booklet by Love The Races and aimed at broadening the understanding of horseracing.

Visitors will have the chance to meet Monsignor the racehorse, enjoy a pony ride, learn the tricks of the trade from a farrier and even have a go on a racehorse simulator to experience some of the challenges faced by a jockey.

Nick Attenborough, Director of Consumer PR for Racing for Change said, ‘’If you love horses then this is a raceday you mustn’t miss.

“The Fontwell Park initiative is a brilliant way for all the family to learn more about horses and horseracing so we’re delighted to be part of it.’’

The raceday also features the richest race of the year at Fontwell Park the 2m4f totepool National Spirit Hurdle, won last year by Celestial Halo.

Previous winner from 2008 and 2009, Lough Derg, will also be parading ahead of the first race.

For more information, visit www.fontwellpark.co.uk