AGA owners championship takes centre stage at a wet and wild Larkhill

What do we do on a weekend if our AGA qualifier is postponed? That’s easy, we support our championship for owners and go pointing somewhere else! We actually had a plan A, B & C this weekend, and it was plan C – Larkhill – that won the day (heavily influenced by the weather).

Phine Banks and Stratford Stroller
Phine Banks and Stratford Stroller have just won the Club Members race

We missed the first but got there just in time to see Phine Banks win the Club Members race, and that was also just in time for the first spell of rain/hail.

Presentation for the Club Members race
Presentation for the Club Members race
Pat Tollit
Pat Tollit – a pointing legend!

Jack Barber & Subtle Sovereign
Subtle Sovereign
Guido D'Arezzo
Guido D’Arezzo
Marlpitt Oak
Marlpitt Oak

The rain and  hail was to play a big part in the day, with the hail storm before the Restricted clearing the course of man, woman, child and beast!

The Subtle Sovereign team celebrate
The Subtle Sovereign team celebrate … there’s also a bookie in there somewhere
Can you spot Mike Smith?
He’s also in this one … can you spot Mike Smith?

The sunshine returned and the rain stayed away for the ladies open, but it returned with a vengeance during the presentation!

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Grand Slam Hero
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Darby’s Turn
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Aikideau with riderless Stonemaster upsides
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Aikideau lands just in front of Parstara
Boomtown Kat jumps the last
Boomtown Kat jumps the last
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Aikideau jumps the last in front
3rd placed Parstara
3rd placed Parstara
2nd placed Boomtown Kat returns to the winners enclosure
2nd placed Boomtown Kat returns to the winners enclosure
It's a double for trainer Jack Barber
It’s a double for trainer Jack Barber

I really liked the impressive winner of the ladies race – Aikideau – and now that he has qualified for our AGA final at Stratford Racecourse on 30th May, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that he turns up on the night.

Mark Wall weighs out for the Coronation Cup
Mark Wall weighs out for the Coronation Cup

Theatre Queen was the name on everyone’s lips – including mine – and she was a warm favourite for a red hot Coronation Gold Cup.

The boys are counted out for the Coronation Gold Cup
The boys are counted out for the Coronation Gold Cup
Rumbavu
Rumbavu
Bellsinni Ron
Bellsinni Ron
Mark Wall punches the air as he crosses the line
Mark Wall punches the air as he crosses the line
I'd like to be stood in the winners enclosure one day
I’d like to be stood in the winners enclosure one day
Axelle Wall - the power behind the throne
Axelle Wall – the power behind the throne

I really enjoyed the race and it was a classy performance from Theatre Queen, with Mark Wall punching the air as he crossed the line.

Winner
Mark and Axelle Wall were chuffed to bits
Mark in playful mood
Mark in playful mood
National classic race
It’s not every day that you win a National Classic race

The Barber celebration party was in full swing so we accepted the invitation to join them, although my request for a coffee made Jeremy chuckle (he said “do you want a proper drink as well”).

Come on Jeremy
Come on Jeremy, the AGA man wants you in the photo as well!
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A great catch by Sarah Barber
Jack Barber looks at the list of previous winners
Jack Barber looks at the list of previous winners
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The RN Perpetual Challenge Cup & the Earl Haig Cup in the boot of the Barber car
Team Barber
A very happy ‘Team Barber’ and friends
Instructions for Toby Betambeau from Pauline Harkin
Instructions for Toby Betambeau from Pauline Harkin
Storm clouds gathering again
Storm clouds gathering again
Cute or trouble?
Cute or trouble?
Me with Grand National legend Jimmy Frost
Me with Grand National legend Jimmy Frost (Little Polveir)

I met a Grand National legend – Jimmy Frost – and then our mate Sam Davies-Thomas notched another win and celebrated accordingly, just before the rain returned.

Thumbs up for Grand Exit
Thumbs up for Grand Exit
John Busby said he might buy a new AGA after this win!
John Busby said he might buy a new AGA after this win!

I wasn’t joking about the rain, and it was enough to send Mrs S scurrying back to the car – with both of her hats!

Mrs S really doesn't know which hat to wear!
John Busby and Sylvia Edmunds are presented with the Duke of Gloucester Challenge Cup
John Busby and Sylvia Edmunds are presented with the Duke of Gloucester Challenge Cup

I took this nice photo of Sarah Barber and Sarai Longman and then I joined Mrs S and I watched my first ever race from the car.

Double trouble! One of these lovely ladies is bringing some cheese to Badbury Rings for me ... I hope she remembers!
Double trouble! One of these lovely ladies is bringing some cheese to Badbury Rings for me … I hope she remembers!

And that’s it! For the second time this season I kicked on before the last and headed off to Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) with Mrs S, but it was all locked up and we could’t get anywhere near for a photo … so we went to McDonald’s instead!

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