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).
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.
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 sunshine returned and the rain stayed away for the ladies open, but it returned with a vengeance during the presentation!
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.
Theatre Queen was the name on everyone’s lips – including mine – and she was a warm favourite for a red hot Coronation Gold Cup.
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.
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”).
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!
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.
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!