On Sunday 25th February the team set out bright and early to the rescheduled Barbury Castle meeting that was forced to postpone due to weather 3 weeks ago. First to run was Brian's Well in the Novice Riders under Noah Brazg. It was a 4 runner race with two useful opponents in TempelPirate and Pink Eyed Pedro. The plan was to make the running which Noah did well, and got Brian travelling and jumping well in the race. The gelding showed particular exuberance in his jumping on the second circuit before, unfortunately, the two others drew clear at the last ditch. Brian stayed on finishing a pleasing 3rd under a brilliant ride by Noah in only his sixth point to point.
Noah Brazg and Brian's Well at the picturesque Barbury Castle
Happy connections following Brian's Wells gallant run
Our other runner was Pride Of Parish running for the Sunday Night Partnership in the Mixed Open. The 5 runner race was a great standard of racing and Gina Andrews was on the gelding replacing injured Joe Hill. The plan was to hold up and get Pride jumping (following his fall last time out). Gina tried to produce the gelding down the back straight last time but unfortunately he was not able to maintain a challenge, finishing 4th. We were happy with him as his jumping was back to its best, as well as carrying top weight in the race. Gina reported that he made a noise so a tongue tie will be fitted next time out.
Pride Of Parish (yellow cap) and Gina Andrews in the Mixed Open
The following day we had 5 horses entered to run at Higham. We packed and loaded 3 lorries with 5 horses, both trainers and 6 members of staff. There were many inspections due to the weather and unfortunately, as we were half way there, it was called off. Our team work very hard year round, even on the days that don't go ahead. Fingers crossed some meetings will be held this weekend!
Pride Of Parish being washed down after the race
Images provided by Michael Harris - https://www.facebook.com/HarrisEquinePhotography/