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Pigs do fly at Noahs at the National

Kev Kiley with his racing pigs. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Kev Kiley with his racing pigs. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

IT COULD be straight out of Babe: Pigs in colourful sequined silk jackets, jumping through tyres and clambering over hay bales, vying to win.

But that's what's been happening at the Year of the Farmer Celebration Area at the North Coast National, each time Noah's Thoroughbred Racing Pigs take to their racing pen.

That's right, racing pigs.

Cute five-month-old pigs who are smart enough to line up when Noah's employee Leisa Jackwitz sings as a lead-in.

After the fanfare, the gate opens and off they go in various races around the pen, such as the Apple Sauce and Crackling Dash, the Grunt and Run Gallop, or the Double Smoked Ham Grand National, said pig whisperer and owner Kev Kiley.

It's all in good fun, but the spectators can get very involved, said Mr Kiley, who has been racing pigs for 12 years.

Audience members can name a pig before the race and win a prize if that pig takes a place.

Noah's Thoroughbred Racing Pigs race at intervals throughout today at the North Coast National.

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