Alan and Joe had been plotting for weeks and we worked out that if luck was on our side we could go through the card at Kimble. This would take an enormous slice of luck and also for the forecast rain to hold off. So when we woke on Easter Saturday to light drizzle we were note hopeful. This then progressed to heavy drizzle and aspirations were beginning to lower dramatically.
Our first runner Brians Well was 1-3 so we were hopeful that he would produce the goods. His jumping was either very good or poor and when joined by the other horses he didn’t appear to be able to go with them. He came 3rd so the dream was shattered at the first step! We felt for his owner Rodney Mann who does so much for Point-to-Pointing and loves watching his horses run well locally.
Start Royal (Gina Andrews) and Consigliere (Joe Hill) both won the Ladies’ and Mens’ Opens with consummate ease which lightened the mood considerably. The winning distances were 20 lengths + the run in!
In the Restricted Velvet Cognac ran a great race and ran on valiantly when headed after the last to get back up on the line in the fastest time of the day. Three down two to go.
Pride Of Parish has always impressed at home but has taken his time on a course so we were optimistic rather than confident. The race was run in torrential rain with poor visibility but we needn’t have doubted him as he hosed in by 15 lengths and we saw the horse we’d had at home on a course.
Of the 4 horses that ran in the member’s we had 3 so we were feeling confident. If it hadn’t of bucketed it down so hard the story may have been different.
According To Sarah may have kept up with her relentless gallop and not have pulled off a front shoe for us.
Minella Theatre may have lasted home rather than fading for Susannah Gill.
As it was the rain that saved the day for Divine Folly and he jumped with aplomb and stole the race from the 2nd last. He had been retired in March after 2 lifeless runs but the word retirement obviously unnerved him enough to put his best foot forward for delighted owner Andrew Barr and Joe Hill.
What a tremendous day for Team Hill and it really was a huge team effort.
7 runners in consecutive races and 3 in the last was a massive undertaking and one which required utmost precision at all times.
For Alan it was a unique 5 timer at his local course and the Hunt of which he was Master and Huntsman for over 20 years. A proud moment.
For Joe it was his first 4 timer at a track where he used to ride pony racing and could only have dreamed of days like this.