Tuesday 29 September 2009

As hoped for yesterday, Choc has ridden another winner!  J

Skylancer won the Novices’ Hurdle, giving Choc his 21st winner of the season (12 ran).  Reading the race comments, it appears the horse was jumping erratically and hanging after the last, but at least he won.

Yachvili finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).


This is probably my last blog of the month, as there are no National Hunt fixtures tomorrow to report upon.

Hopefully I’ll have further news of Choc’s impending rides by this Thursday.  After Friday’s meeting at Hexham, the National Hunt circuit moves to Fontwell Park on Saturday, and Huntingdon or Uttoxeter on Sunday.  Choc is currently hedging his bets, as he has rides provisionally booked at both of Sunday’s meetings!  It will be Mascot Grand National day at Huntingdon on Sunday – I was there last year and watched the event, and I wonder which dirty tactics will be employed in the race this year. 


As usual, my attendance at any meeting depends on Choc being there and the number of rides he has!  The courses on my regular ‘not to be missed’ circuit are Kempton Park, Sandown Park, Ascot, Newbury and, of course, Cheltenham.  Huntingdon also plays a major role during the winter months, as does Stratford during the summer.

Monday 28 September 2009

Tomorrow Choc will be travelling to Sedgefield for 2 rides:

15:00 Skylancer – Novices’ Hurdle (Jimmy Lambe)

17:00 Yachvili – Handicap Hurdle (Jimmy Lambe)


I’m hoping Choc will be back on the winning trail again soon, as he’s not ridden a winner since 06 September.  Although I do realise he spent 8 days away on honeymoon during this period, and September is the quietest month with regards to National Hunt fixtures.

Sunday 27 September 2009

Just one ride for Choc at Market Rasen this afternoon:

Santia finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).


I’ve been out this afternoon, to have my hair trimmed, so I’ll be catching up with the racing via video tape later on this evening.  I gather it was a day of triumph and tragedy for AP McCoy, winning the first race when initially appearing to have no chance, and then the Jonjo O’Neill trained Night Cru taking a fatal fall when looking the probable winner of the Handicap Hurdle.


The next National Hunt meeting is held at Sedgefield on Tuesday, followed by Hexham on Friday where Choc currently has one engagement listed.


As promised yesterday, an update on Strictly Come Dancing.  As the pundits predicted, Richard Dunwoody was eliminated last night although, personally, I think he should have stayed.  Richard was in the dance off with Craig Kelly - evidently Craig appears in Coronation Street (I don’t watch the soaps) and he was voted out by 3 to 1.  Jo Wood should have been eliminated but was saved by the phone vote.  Ricky Whittle from Hollyoaks appears to be the celebrity dancer to beat this season, he’s a natural!  Cricketer Phil Tufnell was very good too (you can’t help but like him), and Zoe Lucker gave two good performances too.  However, Richard’s professional dancing partner, Lilia, has always wanted to learn how to ride a horse and Richard has promised to teach her!


Saturday 26 September 2009

Choc was competing at Market Rasen today, but without your success.  The ground was good, despite it not having rained at the course since 6th September!


Sadler’s Star finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).   AP rode Irish raider Carrolls Cross to victory in this race – I think Choc was originally booked to ride the Irish runner, but Sadler’s Star was re-directed from Stratford when the ground become too firm on Tuesday. 

Izita Star finished 13th in the Handicap Hurdle (17 ran).  

Tombov finished 15th (last) in the Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran).  Both Katchit and Franchoek had won this race in previous years. 

Irish raider Piano Star finished 5th in the Handicap Chase (15 ran).  Peter Bowen entered 2 runners in the race, the less fancied Valley Ride triumphing under Donal Devereux.  Peter has now trained the winner of this race for the past 3 years!


Noel Fehily took another nasty tumble today (as he did last Tuesday at Stratford), this time from last year’s winner Katies Tuitor in the Handicap Hurdle.  And Seamus Durack needed attention after Ruff Diamond (an ex-Alan King trained horse) fell in the Novices’ Chase.  Alan’s King Troy won the race, with regular pilot Jack Doyle aboard.


I forgot to mention that the Old Roan Chase at Aintree at the end of next month is unlikely to be on Voy Por Ustedes’ agenda this season.  His connections aren’t sure of where he will start his campaign this autumn.   


I’m looking forward to Part II of Strictly Come Dancing tonight – all of last night’s competitors did really well, even Richard Dunwoody ... who judge Alesha Dixon thinks is cute!  I noticed Carl Llewellyn was in the show audience to support Richard last night too.  AP was supposed to attend, but was at home resting as he was sore following a fall at Fontwell Park on Thursday. 


As mentioned yesterday, Choc has just one ride at Market Rasen tomorrow:

16:00 Santia – Handicap Hurdle (Alan King)


I’ll report on how he fares and on Strictly Come Dancing Part II in tomorrow’s blog.


Friday 25 September 2009

Just one ride for Choc at Worcester this afternoon:

Montauk Highway finished 5th in the Beginners’ Chase (11 ran).


I’m useless!  I missed the fact that Martin Keighley had two runners at the fixture too (sorry Martin):

Mauricetheathlete finishing 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Won More Night finishing 10th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).


Choc is due to ride at Market Rasen this weekend; with 4 rides tomorrow and 1 on Sunday:


13:35 Sadler’s Star – Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King)

14:05 Izita Star – Handicap Hurdle (Mrs ALM King)

14:40 Tombov - Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King)

15:15 Piano Star – Handicap Chase (M Cunningham)


16:00 Santia – Handicap Hurdle (Alan King)


I’m not venturing out to Market Rasen this weekend – I did attend the Saturday card last year.  Lincolnshire is a long way to travel, being around 140 miles each way for me, and I didn’t enjoy driving back alone in the dark from ‘Melancholy’ Rasen last September! 


My Stratford diary is near to completion, I have a final draft which just needs the race details to be checked, and hopefully I’ll be able to upload it tomorrow. 


And finally, last but not least, a Very Happy Birthday to my niece Kim, who is 17 today.


Thursday 24 September 2009

Choc was riding at Perth this afternoon, and this is how he fared:

Talkin’ Tough finished a neck 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran).

As expected, Balthazar King didn’t run in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, having run yesterday.

The Grassy finished 3rd in the NH Flat Race (12 ran).


Tomorrow he’s in action at Worcester, with one definite ride:

14:20 Montauk Highway - Beginners’ Chase (PA Roche)

Island Oscar is a doubtful participant in the 17:50.

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Just as a number of the ‘southern’ jockeys return south to ride at Fontwell Park tomorrow, Choc heads in the other direction and will be riding at the second day of the Perth Festival!  He has 3 rides scheduled:

15:20 Talkin’ Tough – Novices’ Hurdle (BR Hamilton)

16:50 Balthazar King – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Philip Hobbs) ... this horse ran today at Perth, so is he due to run again tomorrow?

17:20 The Grassy – NH Flat Race (Jimmy Lambe)


Having been to Stratford yesterday, I have a diary to complete during the next few days.


A new episode of Midsomer Murders will be broadcast tonight, so I’ll be watching that.  It’s one of my favourite programmes, and I’ve visited many of the towns and villages where they film the show.   My particular favourites are Turville (the windmill which featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is situated on the hill just above this village too); Hambleden; Long Crendon; Brill; Thame; Little Missenden; Great Haseley; Dorchester on Thames; Old Amersham; Bledlow; The Lee; and Aldbury.   There’s a brilliant website dedicated to the show too:


And Belinda Keighley’s favourite jockey, Richard Dunwoody, appeared on It Takes Two this evening (Strictly’s sister show).  He will be performing a Ballroom and a Latin dance this coming Friday and Saturday, so stay tuned to Strictly Come Dancing.


Tuesday 22 September 2009

So how did Choc fare at Stratford this afternoon:

Aohna finished 2nd, beaten a neck by AP’s mount, in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Broadway Allstar finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle having run prominently for much of the race (12 ran).

Sadler’s Star was withdrawn from the Handicap Hurdle Div I.


As I still have lots of holiday to use up before the end of the year, I went to Stratford today.  It was a shame Choc only had 2 rides but as always it’s a pleasure to see him! J


The National Hunt circuit moves to Perth tomorrow, so Choc won’t be in action.  However, tHoHhere is a meeting at Fontwell Park on Thursday, Worcester on Friday and then the 2-day Market Rasen Festival at the weekend.  I think my next trip to the races may be to Huntingdon on Sunday week.

Monday 21 September 2009

Choc must be fine following yesterday’s fall, as he’s riding at Stratford tomorrow afternoon:

14:10 Aohna – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King)

15:10 Broadway Allstar – Maiden Hurdle (David Gandolfo)

15:40 Sadler’s Star – Handicap Hurdle Div I (Alan King)


I was wondering what had happened to Ouzbeck, evidently he’s now with trainer Emma Lavelle.  Another of Axom’s talented horses, Bouggler, is already in training with Emma. 


As seems to happen at the beginning of every season of Strictly Come Dancing, the worst dancers aren’t the first to leave.  Saturday saw the elimination of Martina Hingis, who gained a middle range score in both Latin and Ballroom but, after the public had voted, was pitched against Rav Wilding in the dance off.  Oh well, at least Rav is nice eye candy!  Joe Calzaghe should have been eliminated, but the voting public ensured that he stays until at least the next round of the competition ... is he this year’s John Sergeant? I hope not.  Sports presenter, Chris Hollins (son of former Chelsea footballer John Hollins) was surprisingly good.


Sunday 20 September 2009

Oh dear ... after an unpromising start, the day just went from bad to worse at Uttoxeter this afternoon:

The afternoon began with the first 3 races running late and clashing with Plumpton, after one of the ambulances was called to assist a spectator.  Eventually Uttoxeter sorted out their scheduling in time for their 4th race, but then disaster struck.  L 

Race 1: Seraphim Knight finished a distant 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Race 2: Garafena finished a tailed off 14th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Division I (16 ran).

Race 3: Inner Voice finished 9th in the Selling Hurdle (16 ran).

Race 4: Choc was hurt when Farinelli took a very heavy fall at the 3rd last in the Novices’ Chase (9 ran).

He was stood down by the doctor for the remainder of the day.  Poor Choc, I hope he’s okay.


Saturday 19 September 2009

I’ve missed writing my blog ... but the wait is over as Choc will be back in action tomorrow at Uttoxeter, where he has 6 (yes, 6) rides: J

14:20 Seraphim Knight – Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King)

14:50 Garafena – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Division I (Richard Lee)

15:20 Inner Voice – Selling Hurdle (Jimmy Lambe)

15:50 Farinelli – Novices’ Chase (Alan King)

16:20 Yachvili – Handicap Hurdle (Jimmy Lambe)

17:20 Barndeh - Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Division II (L Smyth) 


I believe Meally and Choc have been away on honeymoon/holiday with a group of friends, renting a villa in Ibiza.  Although I don’t think the weather has been particularly kind in the western Mediterranean this past week.  Never mind, it’s nice to have a break.  Hopefully Meally will recount their adventures in her next Eclipse website blog.


Talking of holidays, I’ve booked next Tuesday off from work – so may be fortunate enough to go to Stratford races. 


Jenny Cheshire, the Hospitality Manager at Worcester racecourse, has kindly sent me a photograph taken by their official photographer Les Hurley, of Choc and me taken after the Worcester charity auction.  Ahhhhh, Choc’s long blonde hair is so beautiful!  I’ve framed the photo and it has pride of place on my bedroom wall.


Not having written many blogs this past week (just one) I forgot to mention the US Open tennis.  Mind you, I don’t watch the tennis like I used to, now that Andre Agassi is retired.  I can remember watching his matches live through the night (from Australia and the US) and then going straight out to work the next morning with no sleep! 


Anyway, I was very pleased that Kim Clijsters won the Ladies’ Singles Title – she only came out of retirement because she started practising for the Exhibition match at Wimbledon held last May and realised she still loved playing the game. 


And I’m also pleased that the underdog, Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, won, beating Roger Federer in the Men’s Singles final.  Juan Martin is 20 years old (Federer is 28), and is only the second Argentinean to win the title – the other being Guillermo Vilas, who won it in 1977 when it was played at Forest Hills on a clay surface.  At one stage Federer was just 2 points away from victory, but he lost his temper over a disputed line call and the match slipped away from him.  Federer had won the title for the past 5 years.  I think winning at sport gets harder the older you become, due to losing ‘the naivety of youth’!


And, finally, Strictly Come Dancing returned last night.  There are 16 competitors, 8 perform this weekend, the remaining 8 next weekend.  The couples did Ballroom (Tango or Waltz) last night, with Latin (Cha Cha or Rumba) to be danced tonight.  ‘The Bill’ actress, Ali Bastian, was the most accomplished last night ... Joe Calzaghe by far the worst!  I’m looking forward to the Latin dances this evening, as these are my favourites, although my absolute favourite is the Samba!  And, no, I don’t dance ... I’m far too self-conscious!!! 


It will be Richard Dunwoody’s turn to perform Ballroom and Latin next weekend.  He did take part in yesterday’s group dance but judge, Bruno, embarrassingly pointed out that Richard had absolutely no idea of what he was doing or where he was going!  Whoops!  Let’s hope his dance partner, Lilia, can whip him into shape by next Friday.  And judge, Len Goodman is so witty with his comments.  Lynda Bellingham and her partner Darren Bennett danced a tango last night, and Len said she needed more movement as she looked like she had both legs down one knicker leg ... LOL.  I thought she was quite good, and it was amusing to watch.


And, of course, with Strictly back on our screens, Claudia Winkleman will be presenting ‘sister’ show It Takes Two each weekday evening at 18:30 on BBC2.  And I think I love this ‘behind the scenes’ programme even more than Strictly itself.


What do I have planned for today?  Firstly I have to complete my 2nd Sage Book-keeping Assignment – there are 15 questions and I’ve done 11 so far.  And, as I then have to submit the answers for marking before I continue my coursework, the remainder of the weekend is free, apart from viewing Strictly Come Dancing Part II tonight and Uttoxeter races tomorrow afternoon.  But I’m sure I’ll be able to find some project or other to start, whether it be jewellery making, cross stitching or even knitting!



I’ve just found Meally’s most recent blog ... ... and they decided to go to Dubai this past week for their honeymoon – that sounds more like it.  Ibiza with friends doesn’t have quite the same appeal!  And a new Cheltenham Collection catalogue to browse soon too ... I’m easily pleased!


Tuesday 15 September 2009

As promised, I’ve written a diary entry about my visit to Martin Keighley’s Open Day last Sunday:'s%20Open%20Day%20Sep%2009.htm


I received a friendly welcome, and it was lovely to see the horses and the beautiful Cotswold countryside too.  I can definitely understand why Choc has chosen to make this area his home. 


And only 4 more Choc-less days to go!  

Friday 11 September 2009

Choc rode at Bangor on Dee this afternoon, and this is how he fared:

Izita Star finished a close 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (11 ran), although he would probably have been 4th had Toshi not fallen at the last.  Mrs King’s horses are in form at the moment, as she had a winner and a 3rd at Worcester last Sunday.  


Martin Keighley’s Love of Tara finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle, with Mauricetheathlete in 7th (11 ran).


I have a special treat planned on Sunday, Belinda and Martin Keighley have kindly invited me to their invitation only Open Day at their stables at Luckley near Stow on the Wold.  I’m very much looking forward to meeting the people Martin writes about in his blog, and to seeing all the horses whose progress I’ve been following too!  I shall take my camera and also write a diary of my day out. J 


As mentioned yesterday, the next 8 days will be Choc-less, as the National Hunt jockeys take a very deserved and well-earned break before the season gets into full swing.

Thursday 10 September 2009

Choc was one of 11 jockeys who rode in this afternoon’s Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap at Epsom.  He did manage to get Seventh Cavalry’s head in front in the final furlong, but was thwarted by Sam Thomas aboard the aptly named Epsom Salts, who rallied to regain the lead to win by ¾ of a length!  L


Choc has just one ride booked at Bangor on Dee tomorrow:

15:40 Izita Star – Handicap Hurdle (Mrs ALM King)


Martin Keighley has a couple of horses scheduled to run in the 16:15 NH Novices’ Hurdle – Mauricetheathlete ridden by Rhys Flint and Love of Tara ridden by Tom Siddall.


And then that’s it for 8 days, as National Hunt racing takes its longest break of the year!

Wednesday 09 September 2009

Choc was at Uttoxeter this afternoon, and this is how he fared:

Pengana finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Tarkani finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle Division I (12 ran).

Martin Keighley had a runner at the fixture too, Sky Calling ran in the Handicap Hurdle.  She was ridden by Tom Scudamore and finished 7th.  Reading the race comments, it seems she weakened very quickly having been headed, so I hope she is okay.


Choc is due to ride at Epsom tomorrow, where he is taking part in the Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap:

15:20 Seventh Cavalry (Alan King)


My ‘Worcester diary’ is coming along well, and I hope to upload it in a day or two.


Tuesday 08 September 2009

I knew something untoward had happened at Sedgefield this afternoon as, when I checked the results via the internet, they were appearing much later than expected.  It transpired that Lucy Horner needed treatment following a first flight pile-up involving 5 horses in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.  She was airlifted to hospital having been briefly knocked unconscious, and having also suffered a dislocated shoulder and facial injuries.  I wish her a speedy recovery.


Anyway, this is how Choc fared this afternoon:

Noticeable finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (11 ran).

Schindler’s Dame was pulled up after 3 out in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (11 ran).

Again there were Irish raiders at Sedgefield, and they were successful in winning 3 of the 7 races, Gordon Elliot taking the first.


Tomorrow Choc is scheduled to ride at Uttoxeter:

14:20 Pengana – Novices’ Hurdle (VP Donoghue)

17:10 Tarkani – Handicap Hurdle Division I (VP Donoghue)


Then on Thursday Choc is scheduled to ride at Epsom ... yes, that’s right, Epsom, home of the Derby.  He’s taking part in the 15:20, the Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap.  He will be riding the Alan King trained Seventh Cavalry.  His fellow competitors will be David Crosse, Colin Bolger, Wilson Renwick, Paddy Aspell, Sam Thomas, Wayne Hutchinson, Stephen Craine, Tom Scudamore, Philip Hide, Liam Treadwell, Paddy Brennan and Alan O’Keeffe.  I must remember to set my video tape to capture the event!


Next week will seem very quiet, as National Hunt racing takes its longest break of the year – 8 days, from 12 September to 19 September. 


Monday 07 September 2009

News of rides for Choc tomorrow at Sedgefield:

15:00 Noticeable – Novices’ Chase (Andy Haynes).  It’s good to see Choc back aboard the ex-Alan King trained equine!

16:10 Schindler’s Dame – Maiden Hurdle Div II (TJ Taaffe).


Having arrived home late last night, my first ‘task’ this evening (although that’s not the correct description as nothing is a chore when it’s related to Choc) will be to upload a number of photos from yesterday’s action at Worcester.  And then I can get cracking on my diary entry! 


Sunday 06 September 2009


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I arrived back at 22:30 from Worcester ... having stayed to watch the jockeys’ football match after racing.  Choc didn’t play ... it was the younger lads playing in the teams ... but he did stay to watch the whole match!  Choc’s mate, Ollie McPhail, was goalie for the South.  Unfortunately the light was fading, hence the poor quality of the above photo.  The ‘North’ team appeared the likely winners right up until the end but the ‘South’ team won on the final penalty kick!  Choc’s valet, Phil, acted as commentator for the match.


Anyway, back to business.  This is how Choc fared during the afternoon’s racing:

Aconitum finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle Division I (11 ran).  The race was won by the ex-Alan King inmate Calaficial.  However, I won’t forget the horse for having given Choc a very nasty fall at Market Rasen on the day after this year’s Grand National.

Baddam won the Novices’ Hurdle, giving Choc his 20th winner of the season (13 ran).

Mam Ratagan finished 2nd in the Beginners’ Chase (10 ran).

Cash for Honours finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle Division II (8 ran).


It’s been a long day.  I left home at 09:10 this morning and took a very obscure route to Worcester – Aylesbury, Bicester, Banbury (via the road which runs past Stratton Audley and the Bicester & Finmere showground), Stratford Upon Avon, Alcester, and on to Worcester.  Sensibly, my home route was via the A44, although I did cut across through the lanes to reach Bicester. 


I also went to say hello to Jenny Cheshire, the Hospitality Manager at Worcester, who kindly helped organise the charity auction prize I won last year, which was tickets and lunch at Cheltenham, plus walking the course with Choc!  And there was another charity auction today ... but more about that in due course J.  All I can say is poor piggy bank!


Strangely, Worcester racecourse seems very familiar to me, although I’ve only visited there once before!  Weird!


No National Hunt racing tomorrow, but there is Sedgefield on Tuesday. 

Saturday 05 September 2009

Choc had just one ride at Stratford this afternoon, in the feature race on the card:

Winsley Hill was pulled up before the last in the Handicap Chase (15 ran).

The race was won by War of the World, trained by Tim Vaughan and ridden by Richard Johnson.  Tim Vaughan is a very good ambassador for National Hunt racing, very articulate and always willing to speak with the media.

But, again, demonstrating the ups and downs of racing ... having ridden a double today, Richard Johnson limped painfully away having been unseated in the 16:55.

The Martin Keighley trained Hareem finished 9th in the 14:50 (16 ran).  It wasn’t a stopping day or a going day either for the horse ... just a so so day!


And a quick reminder of Choc’s riding engagements at Worcester tomorrow:

14:25 Aconitum – Maiden Hurdle Division I (Neil Mulholland)

15:35 Baddam – Novices’ Hurdle (Ian Williams)

16:10 Mam Ratagan – Beginners’ Chase (Mrs HS Main)

17:40 Cash for Honours – Handicap Hurdle Division II (Ian Williams)

I notice that the Tor Sturgis trained Transvestite is due to run in Division I of the Handicap Hurdle.


I cleaned my car this morning and now, typically, the ‘new’ weather forecast for the Worcester area is for rain from around 13:00 tomorrow.  I shall take my raincoat, my big umbrella and possibly my bright blue wellington boots ... the latter I purchased last September in anticipation of muddy underfoot conditions at the jockeys’ football match, which of course had to be abandoned along with the racing last year.  And my car will get filthy again too.


Friday 04 September 2009

News of Choc’s weekend rides:

Tomorrow, Saturday, Choc has one ride scheduled at Stratford:

15:55 Winsley Hill – Handicap Chase (Neil Mulholland)

Martin Keighley’s Hareem is scheduled to run in the 14:50 Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Handicap Hurdle, with Ian Popham aboard.


On Sunday Choc has 4 riding engagements at Worcester:

14:25 Aconitum – Maiden Hurdle Division I (Neil Mulholland)

15:35 Baddam – Novices’ Hurdle (Ian Williams)

16:10 Mam Ratagan – Beginners’ Chase (Mrs HS Main)

17:40 Cash for Honours – Handicap Hurdle Division II (Ian Williams)

AND it’s also Family Fun and Football Day at Worcester, with the North vs. South National Hunt Jockeys’ Football match being played after racing.  There’s also a charity auction and raffle in aid of Racing Welfare.


So I know where I will be on Sunday!


Wednesday 02 September 2009

Choc was in action at Hereford this afternoon, and this is how he fared:

Prince de Lacour tailed off and was pulled up before the last flight in the Handicap Hurdle Div I (14 ran).

Marked Man finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase (12 ran).

Seraphim Knight finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).  The race was won by the Jimmy Lambe trained High Gales, with AP aboard.

Garafena was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).  Martin Keighley’s Won More Night finished 9th in this event.


On Monday I noticed there were notices on the A1 at Eaton Socon forewarning of road-works until Christmas ... the southbound carriageway will be closed overnight during the week and also Friday from 21:00 to midday Sunday. At the same time, for safety reasons, the northbound carriageway will be reduced to one lane.  The work starts on 04 September and runs until mid November, and then the northbound carriageway will be repaired.  Traffic will be diverted via Godmanchester – so that may make my trips to Huntingdon more challenging this autumn! 


My Huntingdon diary is progressing very well, and I’ve just completed the first draft.  So perhaps I’ll be able to upload it later this evening, once I’ve had the opportunity to give it a final read through!


No National Hunt racing tomorrow or Friday, but there’s a fixture at Stratford on Saturday and then Fontwell Park and Worcester on Sunday.  The weather was bound to take a turn for the worse, as the annual North vs. South National Hunt jockeys football match is scheduled to take place after Sunday’s fixture at Worcester.  Last year the equivalent meetings at both Stratford and Worcester were abandoned due to flooding ... perhaps the jockeys should purchase snorkels and hold a water polo match instead! 


Tuesday 01 September 2009

The first day of a new month, and the first winner of the new month too!  J

And this is how Choc fared at Newton Abbot today:

Carrolls Cross won the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).  Choc’s 19th winner of the season. 

Island Oscar finished 2nd in the NH Flat Race (10 ran).


Tomorrow Choc will be in action at Hereford, where he has 4 rides:

14:40 Prince de Lacour – Handicap Hurdle Div I (P Henderson)

16:10 Marked Man – Handicap Chase (Richard Lee)

16:40 Seraphim Knight – Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King)

17:10 Garafena - Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Richard Lee).  Won More Night also goes in this event for Martin Keighley. 


I forgot to mention that Alan King and Choc were the leading trainer and jockey respectively at Huntingdon Racecourse for the 2008/2009 season.  They won last year too, and were each presented with a trophy ... no presentations were made yesterday (although only Choc was there), but perhaps they will do one later in the season?


A busy evening for me – I want to watch my tape of today’s racing at Newton Abbot, I also have to write a draft of my Huntingdon diary AND I need to finish off the exercises in Book 2 of my Sage Book-keeping course!  Where to begin I wonder!




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