Where has the last month gone? It doesn’t seem like five minutes since we were stood in the freezing rain at Chaddesley Corbett back in February and now April is just around the corner – and I’m playing catch up with my blog posts (4 to catch up on). The first of the 4 was at Chaddesley and the forecast rain arrived right on cue (it didn’t stop all afternoon), although it made the day more interesting, plus, I got some great photos!
Our fellow sponsors, Connolly’s RED MILLS, were the first to be exposed to the elements, although Mrs S had retreated to the car by the time the runners entered the paddock for the Intermediate. She stayed there for the rest of the afternoon!
The new camera couldn’t contend with the rain – despite the smart new waterproof cover – so it was packed safely away and the ‘old faithful’ was retrieved from the boot. It didn’t do a bad job given the conditions, and I quite liked having a few muddy photos for a change.
And that was it, over seven hours stood in the rain and I was soaked through, but I enjoyed every second of it!
Suitably refreshed we headed for Kingston Blount on Saturday 7th March (a favourite course of mine) and we needed sunglasses as it was almost tropical in Oxfordshire – a complete contrast to our previous point-to-point at Chaddesley Corbett!
A great day was almost over but there was still time to pop in and see Big Al and Lawney (who live literally just around the corner) for a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake, although stronger refreshments were available for those who wanted them!
Next up was a trip to Hackwood Park, another favourite venue and another well run point-to-point meeting.
An AGA legend – That’s Rhythm – lined up in the ladies open, evoking memories of a memorable night at Stratford Racecourse back in 2013, and giving me an opportunity to use a photo from the AGA final in this blog post!
Earlier this season we sponsored our first ever Mixed Open race (Vine & Craven – Barbury) and it was won by That’s Rhythm, who is owned by the Penwood Racing Club. Page Fuller did the steering, Charlotte Fuller the training. Today we sponsored our first ever Restricted race and it was won by Carrigkerry, who is owned by, you guessed it, the Penwood Racing Club. No need to tell you who the jockey and trainer are! A nice touch and one of the rewards is a share of the lead in the AGA All Comers championship.
And that was it, another good one was over and thoughts turned to round 11 of the AGA All Comers championship the following weekend at Brafield-on-the-Green.
I’m almost up to date with my blogging and I’m about to write the Oakley blog post from Brafield, in the meantime I hope you have enjoyed this update, and the photos. Thanks for dropping by to take a look!