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Bath Racecourse holds Ham National pig race
The Ham National
The pigs have been given swine-related racing names such as Desert Porchid

The West may have had a winner at the 2010 Grand National but Bath Racecourse is holding a chase with a difference this month.

The Ham National will see eight rare breed pigs, including Oxford, Sandy and Black, racing along a 50m track, complete with hurdles.

Entries include Comply or Fry, Desert Porchid and Porko Star, and punters will be able to guess the winner.

All proceeds on Sunday, 25 April 2010 will go to the Countryside Alliance.

The Lansdown event is part of the season opening countryside race day, and will include entertainment and activities for children and a petting zoo.

"Our opening countryside race day is going to be a great start to our season," said Jo Miller from Bath Racecourse.

"There is entertainment for all ages with horse racing and our first Ham National fixture."

Gates open at 12pm with the first race taking place at 2.10pm and the last at 5.25pm.

Pig racing will be taking place throughout the afternoon with the Ham National at 3pm.

For more information, including ticket prices, check out the Bath Racecourse website.

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