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

Darby's-Turn_WEB

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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