Sunday, 22 April 2018

FABULOUS Popaway wins her 19th race hard on the bridle. What an amazing mare!! We had a great day today, slightly marred by Velvet Steel's pull up when absolutely flying in the restricted race, but thankfully Darren Edwards, the jockey, pulled her up just in time and she has just tweaked a tendon, as she came off the lorry sound and it could have been so much worse if he hadn't the experience to pull her up when he did.  Kingsley was an absolute star for his first run and took it all in his stride. Darren gave him a fabulous educational run and pulled him up three from home having taught him a lot with a few very green jumps to begin with. Darren was amused and surprised when he pulled him up thinking he was tired, but then Kingsley decided to set off after the field and it took a little bit of brute strength to haul him back, so as not to get in trouble with the stewards.
We also won three best turned out prizes, mainly due to Jane and Lucy Burton who did a fabulous job.
We had a lovely picnic by the lorry afterwards where we all toasted Popaway. As it may be her last point to point, Carol gave a really emotional speech about how much fun she, Roy and her family have had with her and thanked Doug and I for the great journey that they have all enjoyed..... the next thing we knew we were all in tears. It was a very special moment which has only happened because of a truly exceptional mare.