The 81st annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern are scheduled for Saturday, and it looks like skies will clear in time for the festivities. The forecast is for sunshine, some clouds, and a high of 79 degrees.

Beautiful weather or not, 20,000 fans are expected to witness six races with a combined purse of $180,000 at the Radnor Hunt Club's W. Burling Cocks Memorial Racecourse.

THE HISTORY

Beginning in 1930, the event is one of the oldest steeplechases in the country. The RHR, which are sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, are much more than steeplechase races. Folks come to participate in tailgating picnics, view foxhound processions, and the watch antique carriages. The event benefits the Brandywine Conservancy, which is committed to conserving the cultural and natural resources of the Brandywine River watershed and like areas.

THE RACES

THE MILFERN CUP

Start time: 1:30 Distance: 2 3/8 miles Purse: $25,000

THE VITA C. THOMPSON MEMORIAL STEEPLECHASE

Start time: 2:05 p.m. Distance: 2 3/8 miles Purse: $30,000

THE RADNOR HUNT CUP

Start time: 2:55 p.m. Distance: 3 ¼ miles Purse: $40,000

THE NATIONAL HUNT CUP

Start time: 3:45 p.m. Distance: 2 3/8 miles Purse: $50,000

THE JAMES M. MORAN, JR. STEEPLECHASE

Start time: 4:20 p.m. Distance: 2 3/8 miles Purse: $25,000

THE HENRY COLLINS STEEPLECHASE

Start time: 4:50 p.m. Distance: 2 3/8 Purse: $10,000

- Keith Pompey

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