Having just secured the jump boards in place, I was stood by the last fence at Cold Harbour with Mrs S, drill in hand, admiring my handiwork. Then it dawned on us, we had arrived a little later than planned – a combination of a late return from Peper Harow, and some frustratingly slow Sunday drivers – and we’d missed our lunch!
Thanks to a very kind Honourable Secretary and Chairman we were able to enjoy some lunch, along with our colleague from AGA in Ledbury, Nick Orgil – and very nice it was too!
We had 7 declared for our AGA race and it was an interesting line-up; Katy Lyons and Frankie Hickman had both taken part in the AGA Ladies at Peper Harow the previous day, and there was a first AGA appearance of the season for Tess Champion. We also had The General Lee, who was making his 9th appearance in AGA Ladies Open races, having been involved since our very first season (2010/11).
The General was sent off favourite and we had another excellent AGA race, with Rebel Alliance leading from the 3rd until 3 out. He was headed by The General, and despite rallying well it was Lorna who booted her mount home to win by 3/4 length.
Nick Orgil did the honours post race (and he enjoyed it), presenting Lorna and Lady Susan Brooke with some very nice AGA mementoes.
I’ve really enjoyed having so many AGA colleagues involved at point-to-point this year, it’s great to have the support, and great that they have all thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
A tour of the lorry park was next on our list to commiserate and celebrate accordingly, with a rather tasty lemon drizzle cake being one of the highlights (thanks Lorna).
While in the lorry park Mrs Dalton suggested my camera would be better off in a bucket of water (pre-race nerves), although she didn’t really mean it and was all smiles after Western Goose had romped home in the Open Maiden. And that was it! It was all over and time for the AGA man and Mrs S to kick on and head to Wales for part 3 of our mammoth weekend!