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9th January 2018
Plus 2 and damp when driving in.
Mr Macho and Gallows Point had an away day this morning.
Two youngsters who have never been away from home before went off in the horsebox and had a gallop up the ‘back of the hill’ in Lambourn. All good for their future education.
Ed Bailey who rides Milord tomorrow night at Kempton was in this morning to ride out a couple of lots. Ed has ridden a few winners this season under Jump rules has also ridden many point to point winners.
The First Hunter Chase of the season takes place later today at Taunton and we have one for the first time for many a year.. In fact I struggle to recall ever training one... Gallery Exhibition has been bought by Somerset Racing for Guy Disney to ride and his owners were here late morning to meet their trainer and see their new horse.
Richard Wilkins heads the Somerset Racing Team and those who made it today were Sam Vestey, Vicky Keith, Richard and Veronica Lay, Zanie Jameison and Anthony Fortescue – Thomas
Graham Potts our vet was in this morning for his Tuesday visit..
This weeks movers and shakers in the BHA’s handicap charts were..Another Venture up 5 to 128, Ben Arthur down 1 to 95, Cresswell Legend up 4 to 131, Sainte Ladylime up 3 to 133, Little Chunk down 3 to 119, Mon Palois down 1 to 125 while Doctor Haze enters at 117.
Tim Last sent this email across after watching his Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture win at Chepstow on Saturday.
''As a newcomer to syndicate ownership I wanted to thank you for the unequalled thrill of watching our horse win a race.
Having observed friends and acquaintances enjoy similar pleasure with just a tinge of envy, I have now enjoyed the experience personally.
Benefitting from just a tiny glimpse behind the scenes at the efforts of the whole team at Thorndale Farm, I’ve slowly come to appreciate how much work goes into prepare, select suitable opportunities, transport trouble-free and navigate obstacles in competition with a field of horses and riders, each acting somewhat independently for six minutes, in the race environment.
Therefore I wanted to thank you and Henry, along with Leigh and Mikey too, for making Saturday afternoon so special. It is a memory I will treasure for decades to come.
Thank you again for everything you do to make the ownership experience so enjoyable on these occasions.''
I see that one of my ex jockeys Chris Honour makes it to 39 today.. and Guy Henderson who is Ascot's Chief Executive makes 60..
PS my memory struggle on Hunter Chases.. John Periiss has just reminded me that his horse Act of Parliament raced in hunter chases under Emily Jones [having rejected Lawney Hill] at Stratford in May and then throughout that winter by a promising Irish amateur D Flavin culminating in a short head defeat by Last Option [jockey Miss Fiona Needham] at Towcester on Easter Saturday in The Empress of Austria Hunter Chase. H Bevan Clerk of The Course entertained us to drinks.