The testing road to the Cheltenham Festival in March starts at Wincanton next month for some of the country’s leading hurdlers, and you could be there to enjoy the racing action when the feature race will be the Unibet Elite Hurdle, the opening leg of the eight-race Unibet Road To Cheltenham race series.

Run over a distance of 2 miles, the Elite Hurdle gives trainers the chance to get a first run of the season into their hurdlers and with over £30,000 on offer to the winner this Grade 2 contest takes centre stage on the Wincanton racecard.

Notable winners include Well Chief, Azertyuiop and Celestial Halo twice, with local trainer Paul Nicholls having won the race seven times. Last year saw the Alan King-trained Sceau Royal, with the experienced Daryl Jacob in the saddle, record a comfortable victory.

We’ve teamed up with big race sponsor Unibet to offer you the chance to win one out of ten pairs of Premier Enclosure tickets for Saturday 11 November by simply answering the following question:

Q. Which horse won last year’s Elite Hurdle:

a) Prince Royal b) Noble Royal c) Sceau Royal

By post: Send your completed entry form to Wincanton Races Competition, Newsquest Dorset, Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XD

before the closing date of 24th October 2017.

By phone: Simply call 09011510228 and leave your answer and details when prompted.

By text: Send your text to 80360 starting with RACE leave a space, followed by your answer, name and contact details.

Terms and conditions:

Calls cost 51p per minute from a BT Landline plus your phone company’s access charge. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more.

Texts cost 50p plus your normal operator text charge. Telephone and text lines open 17/10/2017 and close 24/10/2017 at 23:59PM.

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This may be published in the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo. Winner/s will be chosen from all entries received. Newsquest competition terms and conditions apply see

Entrants must be aged 18 and over; hospitality, travel expenses and accommodation are not included; no alternative prize will be offered in the event that racing is abandoned.

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