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December 2017

I love Australia and I simply adore the Melbourne Cup which always lives up to its famous reputation for being ‘ the race that stops a nation’.  This year we had Libran making the twenty four runner line up and he managed to give all of his owners a tremendous thrill when finishing 8th and earning Aus $ 125,000  in the process.

One of Libran’s share owners is Amanda Elliot, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club and the first woman to hold that position.  It only takes a couple of minutes in…

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One of Libran’s share owners is Amanda Elliot, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club and the first woman to hold that position.  It only takes a couple of minutes in her company to realise what a great decision the VRC made in appointing her last year.  I have met few people with more enthusiasm and passion for the sport or who have that unique ability to make everyone feel so welcome at Flemington.

This year I took my eldest daughter Chloe with me.  She had never been to Australia, unlike her younger sister Francesca who had lived and worked in Melbourne during her gap year.  We arrived on the Thursday before the Cup which is always run on the first Tuesday in November.  Having settled into our hotel room we tried to summon the strength to prepare ourselves for the Chairman’s dinner, a black tie event at Flemington that evening.  With jet lag ravaging mind and body it takes a real effort to put on the dinner jacket on night one but once we arrived at Flemington and received that fabulous Amanda Elliot welcome we were away and running!  Henry Birtles, another Highclere owner, and better known as Racing’s Poet Laureate gave a marvellous after dinner speech using poignant and moving quotes from some of his best poems that included his epic work on Pharlap.

John Calvert Jones, Peter Barnett, Harry and Chloe Herbert

 

Friday was meant to be a rest day but a few hours spent shopping with my daughter was far from restful and was poor preparation ahead of the Highclere cocktail party on Friday evening that Dane had organised at a very cool bar overlooking the Yarrow River!  It really was wonderful to see so many of our owners and Australian trainers and you could feel the excitement growing as the cocktail chat centred around the Cup. 
 
Saturday is Derby Day and is one of the great days racing in all of Australia attracting over 100,000 people.  After an early radio interview or two it was off to Flemington with morning suit attire on and the day didn’t disappoint with fabulous racing.

Tim and Ali Smartt representing Libran's owners in the parade

Sunday's event is the Chairman's lunch set in a beautiful marquee in Melbourne's Botanical Gardens.  I had been asked by the Chairman if I would interview Lester Piggott on stage in front of 300 assembled guests.  This, as you can imagine, is every interviewer's worst nightmare but on this occasion Lester chatted away better than he normally does and somehow we managed to hold the audience's attention.  It was Lester's 82nd birthday, and, as he is my racing hero (alongside the late, great Sir Peter O'Sullevan) it waas a real honour to interview him and to watch 300 people rise to applaud the great man at the end.

In the Parade Ring before the Melbourne Cup

On Monday there is the Cup parade through the streets of Melbourne in front over 100,000 spectators and the connections of each horse ride in an open top car along with the jockey.  We would have needed an open top bus for Libran but instead elected Tim and Ali Smartt to be our representatives and it was great to see them later in the day where they reported that it was one of the most amazing things they have ever done. 

Harry greets Joao Moreira in the Parade Ring

Tuesday is Cup day and the nerves were a jingling as Chloe and I made our way to Flemington.  Apart from Libran we also had Regal Monarch running in the Highclere colours in a valuable handicap before the Cup.  Chris Waller had managed to book ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira who is the superstar Hong Kong rider and regarded as one of the top five jockeys in the world.  Regal Monarch travelled beautifully through the race and coming to the final bend looked as though he was going best of all but disaster struck as he clipped heels with the horse in front resulting in both horse and rider crashing to the ground.  Despite the appalling looking fall Joao Moreira thankfully was only very shaken but unhurt.  Sadly, though, Regal Monarch suffered a badly fractured shoulder and had to be put down.  I can’t describe the awful emotions that everyone involved with this lovely horse experienced but being part of a syndicate certainly helped as we all tried to console one another.  Dane did a great job in making sure that Joao was OK before relaying the news that we had tragically lost Regal Monarch.   Despite this tragedy two races later was Libran in the Melbourne Cup so we turned the page and watched with huge pride as he was led into the parade ring looking fabulous.  As you can imagine the atmosphere reaches fever pitch just before the gates fly open and then there is a deafening roar as the starter sends them on their way.  Libran was well drawn in stall 7 and his jockey Dwayne Dunn rode a masterful race keeping him to the inside to save ground before  asking him for his effort in the home straight.  He responded well and gallantly ran to the line.  I only wish I had filmed his owners (and me!) cheering and jumping like whirling dervishes and all this because he had finished in the first 10!

To be a part of this race is incredibly special and once you have tasted from the Cup you are well and truly hooked for life.  Hopefully, Libran will return next year but we also have our new recruits in the shape of Pioneertown and Joshua Reynolds who will head over to Australia at the end of January.

So thank you Amanda and all at the VRC for making team Highclere feel so welcome. We are well and truly hooked and we will return!

Harry Herbert, Chairman

On The Track

Our National Hunt string continues to impress on the track, none more so than Posh Trish who looked seriously impressive when following up on her debut victory at Aintree, with an authoritative display at Cheltenham. She coped with very testing conditions to power up the famous Cheltenham straight. She will now head for another Listed contest at Ascot in December and if she were to win that, Paul Nicholls will aim to run her at Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Bumper!

Crievehill finally displayed the talent we bought into earlier this year, jumping beautifully to win over fences at Lingfield  He looks a much stronger animal now and can hopefully…

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Crievehill sails over the last at Lingfield

Crievehill finally displayed the talent we bought into earlier this year, jumping beautifully to win over fences at Lingfield  He looks a much stronger animal now and can hopefully go on to win more races in the future. Two previous winners, If You Say Run and Cabaret Queen only narrowly failed to follow up, the former only beaten a length at Ludlow. Cabaret Queen looks certain to win more races, particularly as she steps up in trip. The latest of our newcomers, Peculiar Places, was a convincing winner at Hereford despite looking very green and made it six wins from twenty runners, giving us a strike rate of 30% winners to runners! Long may that continue!! This was Warren Greatrex’s first runner for Highclere and got the Louisiana syndicate off to a flying start.

Peculiar Places in the winners enclosure at Hereford

 

Just when you thought the flat season had come to a close, Occupy burst on to the scene with hugely impressive debut at Kempton, coming from a very wide draw to win and account for some impressively bred individuals. This was a very taking display from a horse that looks to have a bright future ahead of him. Occupy’s Dam is none other than Telescope’s full sister, so hopefully he too will go on to perform at the highest level! Archetype once again showed that he can compete with the best when running with great credit in a seriously competitive Listed race at Kempton. He will now enjoy a well-deserved break after a highly productive campaign in which he won four of his starts.

Occupy on the way to victory on his debut at Kempton

Out and about with the Highclere camera

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Syndicate in Focus

This month's syndicate in focus was a late addition to the original line up for 2018, when John, Jake and Harry returned home from the Tattersalls Book 2 yearling sale with an extra horse and so The Ganton Hall Synidcate was born.  This cracking son of Garswood was an absolute steal at 60,000 Guineas, and it was a very easy decision to send him to Richard Fahey who trained Garswood to wint the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Gr 1) in 2014. Richard himself has been a very successful trainer for Highclere, every horse he has trained on our behalf has won at least one race while under our ownership; the first of which was the Group 3 winner Rose Blossom, and more recently, Garcia, who won three races for the members of the Pelham Syndicate, including the John Smiths Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock.

This colt is now in pre-training with Brian O'Rourke and is doing everything right thus far, looking to be a precocious two year-old type for next year.  For more information about the syndicate please visit the page on our website by clicking here or give any member of the team a call in the office on 01488 669166.

Garswood ex Topflightcoolracer

Highclere Australia - Melbourne Spring Carnival Round Up

While Libran Syndicate share owners got to experience a Melbourne Cup runner this month, we thought it wouldn't be fair to let them enjoy all the fun of what has become one of the world's greatest sporting specatacles and so we wanted to share a little insight into the whole experience surrounding the Melbourne Spring Carnival, including footage of Dwayne Dunn's helmet camera during the race that stops a nation! 

We also caught up with our retired Group 1 winner, Opinion, who is now enjoying life as an eventing pleaure horse in the Southern Highlands, as we turn our attention to the next generation of proven horses to ship down to Australia with Joshua Reynolds and Pioneertown readying to take over the mantle as Highclere flagbearers Down Under.

Our Appetite For Melbourne Cup Glory Grows

Libran headlined the Highclere Australia roster this month in what proved to be up there with one of his career best performances to finish…

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Our Appetite For Melbourne Cup Glory Grows

Libran headlined the Highclere Australia roster this month in what proved to be up there with one of his career best performances to finish eighth on the world stage in the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup. While the Libran Syndicate share owners got to experience all that Melbourne has to offer during Cup week, we thought we'd give our newsletter readers a small insight into what it’s like to be involved in a Melbourne Cup horse, including footage of Dwayne Dunn's helmet camera while riding Libran during the race that stops a nation! 


 

Libran has been a tremendous servant to his share owners, eclipsing the $1 million mark for the Libran Syndicate this month, with no signs of slowing down at the ripe old age of seven! Chris Waller will now turn his attention back to the Group 1 Sydney Cup in April, after Libran enjoys a well deserved break on the spring grass during this month. 

 

 

Vale Regal Monarch 

While the Melbourne Cup Carnival brought joy to so many, it was marred with sadness earlier in the day for Regal Monarch’s share owners after their son of Notnowcato after succumbed to the injuries sustained in a shocking race fall on the Cup Day undercard. While these things happen rarely in our sport, they do hit home hard, and all the team at Highclere send our most heartfelt condolences to all of those connected to this lovely horse, especially the team at Chris Waller Racing who cared and looked after Regal Monarch so well for the past year.

He will be sorely missed by many.

RIP Regal Monarch

 

 

Opinion Enjoying Life After Racing

On a brighter note, we were delighted to see the photos of our retired Group 1 winner, Opinion, who is now enjoying life as an eventing pleasure horse in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in the care of respected horseman, Tim Pollard. 

It takes a special horse to win at Royal Ascot, let alone ship down to Australia and win at Group 1 as well! So it was fantastic to receive the below photos from Luke and Jane Borthwick after their visit to see Opinion during his eventing classes on the weekend. What is most pleasing is to see the condition this lovely horse is in which just shows how well he is being looked after and how much he is enjoying his life after racing. What we hope for every Highclere horse who retires with us. 

 

The Next Generation

This month we launched the next generation of proven UK prospects to make their way down to Australian shores with two highly progressive prospects in the form of Pioneertown and Joshua Reynolds

Pioneertown is by sire of the moment in Australia, High Chaparral, sire of the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, and bred to be highly suited to Australian conditions. Bought as a Derby prospect for his recent late owner Mr JLC Pearce. His progressive quality was proven in his most recent outings which saw his Timeform Rating rocket from 83 to 102 under the care of Sir Mark Prescott after winning impressively at his most recent start at Newcastle. We will look to continue this upward trend, from his exploitable benchmark of 68 in Australia, under the care of Hall of Fame Trainer David Hayes at his state of the art facility in Euroa, Lindsay Park. 

Please click here to see the video of Pioneertown, where you will hear from Sir Mark Prescott.  

Joshua Reynolds stole the show at the Goffs UK Autumn Sale when knocked down to Jake Warren and Alex Elliot for the sale topping price of £160,000, after his impressive three-length victory at Chelmsford in a 0-105 rated race the week earlier. By the sire of the 2017 Cartier Champion Racehorse, Enable, and a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding, Joshua Reynolds is bred to keep improving into his four-year-old season, confirmed by John Gosden who gave us his blessing as a horse who ticks all the boxes for Australia. Joshua Reynolds will go into the care of the Queen of Australian Racing, Gai Waterhouse who, in partnership with Adrian Bott, are fresh off their most successful week as co-trainers when winning the Melbourne Cup Carnival Trainer’s Title. 

Please click here to see the video of Joshua Reynolds. 

Both horses are lightly raced winners in their short careers to date and look highly suited to improving further under Australian conditions. Only a couple of shares remain in both horses at present, so please contact Dane, dane@highclere.co.uk, to secure your interest. 

 

 

Yearling Sales Season Fast Approaching

The downhill run to Christmas signifies the beginning of the uphill slog through the impending yearling sales season in Australia, which kicks off on January 10th on the Gold Coast. The five-day sale showcases the more precocious specimens of the 2016 crop and highlights over 900 yearlings that will go through the ring during the sale. 

Highclere Australia will be present again at this year’s edition, after securing two gorgeous fillies last year, as we go in search for the next Highclere champion. So if you would like to register your interest in yearling shares or come along to join us for a day at the sale, please contact Dane Robinson – dane@highclere.co.uk - for more information on how to get involved in what is an outstanding week on the Gold Coast. 

Rolf's Ramblings

Rolf Johnson

Mr Loophole, a celebrity defence lawyer, saved a very famous client from a driving ban, convincing magistrates that he was driving along the hard shoulder because he needed to urinate; and then Mr Loophole got another equally famous name off a drink-driving charge arguing that, due to depression, his client couldn’t urinate. Ingenious loopholes are this legal eagle’s forte – though how he saved the holder of the licence with thirty one points from disqualification remains a mystery – as big a mystery as the cases of the racehorses Keep Moving and Our Little Sister. Loophole wasn’t in Philip Hobbs’ corner last month when the trainer was absolved of all responsibility for Keep Moving’s disqualification after the gelding tested positive for a prohibited substance. And, as far as I know he will not be orchestrating matters when Hughie Morrison’s case, with many similarities, involving the filly Our Little Sister, comes up before a tribunal on December 19 at BHA HQ.Compton trainer Morrison may not even need to turn up at High Holborn (Philip Hobbs didn’t) since the precedent set by the Independent Disciplinary Panel, upheld by the Appeal Board, affirmed that a trainer no longer has strict liability for his horse (s) who fails a post-race drugs test. Hobbs’ exoneration was a decision upheld to the consternation of the BHA. There was no one else in the dock - and the authorities went into a tailspin. A horse and cart had been driven through the Rules of Racing.

Hobbs, a plank of whose defence could easily have been accumulated years of an unimpeachable reputation for probity, warranted the verdict in his favour: but the mystery is unresolved. Hughie…

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Philip Hobbs

Hobbs, a plank of whose defence could easily have been accumulated years of an unimpeachable reputation for probity, warranted the verdict in his favour: but the mystery is unresolved. Hughie Morrison has gone so far as to offer a substantial reward to smoke out the culprit in the case of Our Little Sister. From the BHA’s point of view to lose one case looks like misfortune, to lose two would hint at carelessness since for donkey’s years the Rules have brooked no deviation with responsibility planted squarely, if not necessarily fairly, on the trainer. There’s a chance that since Hobbs ‘got off’ Morrison will be hanged drawn and quartered. Taken from the plethora of cases in my time such notables as: Vincent O’Brien (Chamour); David Elsworth (Cavvies Clown); Mahmood al-Zarooni (the whole Godolphin stable); Luca Cumani (Aliysa whose Oaks disqualification led to the Aga Khan quitting British racing); Francois Boutin (Trepan) were shown zero tolerance. All, bar al-Zarooni who fell on his sword, would have been set free under this new interpretation of the rules, rules which have simply not kept pace with the science.  Atoms of so-called “illegal substances” can now be detected. Post-race samples are under analysis to an unprecedented degree: the whole of horse history is under scrutiny: even the equine heroes of the Charge of the Light Brigade could be ‘tested’.`

Hughie Morrison

Seriously though there is little room for jocularity. The very fabric of our sport is under threat if responsibility for misdemeanours cannot be established. Mr Loophole attributes his courtroom success - making asses of our traffic laws - as the consequence of “Parliament passing the law (imprecise) and the authorities not following it (accurately).”  He has his critics – but no shortage of clients. It is human nature to look for loopholes: two celebrated cases that overcame evidence of ‘prohibited substances’ were Capt. Ryan Price’s Schweppes winner Hill House, the horse who made his own cortisone booster. And Peter Easterby’s No Bombs who failed his test after snatching, and gobbling, an innocent Mars bar from his groom.  There’s nearly always a get out: notice in Irish pub – “No smoking – unless you’re on fire”.

Make no mistake racing is facing a period of vulnerability until credible laws are made fit for purpose. Expanding information – ostensibly for punters’ benefit – will be no substitute for a waste land where once incontrovertible Rules gave us the comfort of belief that racing’s guardians were in control.  Information is to be made public on racecards as to whether a runner has had one of the five wind operations – surgery that may or may not affect a horse’s performance (there’s plenty of it nowadays). There is an assumption that any information is beneficial information – an unfortunate coincidence with a period in history when ‘fake news’ is the byword. You’d have thought that adding extra ‘pointers’ to already bloated, and in many cases dubious, sources for punters risked causing more confusion than enlightenment.

One More Hero

Such details would not have comforted those who followed Highclere’s own One More Hero after his extensive wind operation which resulted only in ignominious defeat. I hasten to add there have been many more successes. In my ten years attached to various stables (in which we won most of the top flat races and all the top jumping ones) we never undertook a single wind operation and tongue ties hadn’t been invented. Tubes, inserted in a horse’s throat like a crude human tracheotomy, are now illegal – without one Party Politics wouldn’t have won the 1992 Grand National. On the other hand Mark Johnston, who reached 4000 career winners in record time this season, has pointed out that merely including the information in racecards doesn’t tell us when the operation (s) took place; which of the variety of wind ops it was; whether it was the only one; and whether it was successful – overload, only the racecourse test provides that answer. Endoscopy, examination of wind, like the tests for prohibited substances, has moved on light years – but without certainty.
 
In India they go so far as to publish a horse’s “times” for swimming lengths of the pool, so why not more and more (ingenious) indicators of a horse’s well-being to afford punters the vision of untold riches? How about the number of days since the last visit to the horse dentist? How many sleeping policemen the horsebox bumped over from stable to track? How long since the last lameness? I recall the old days when tail or mane hairs would be placed ‘on the box’ (an actual black box, really) in a practice not far short of witchcraft. A few incantations and your horse would be cured (perhaps). OK, that’s less ‘scientific’ than blaming suspect drug tests on medication entering a horse’s system via its bedding on which person or persons unknown have relieved themselves. So, back to you Mr Loophole and urinations: let’s see you defend that one.

Rolf's Ramblings Part 2

YouTube has replaced nostalgia: it’s all change, history is available at the touch of a mouse. Recordings of all the great Hennessy Gold Cups of yesteryear are at our fingertips but you’d be forgiven, especially if you were lucky enough to have been there on those unforgettable days of the steeplechase over the last sixty years, wondering whether the world is always enriched by science superseding experience and imagination.

And now Ladbrokes have replaced Hennessy as sponsor; place your bets for Ladbrokes still sponsoring Newbury’s signature chase in 2077.

To have been there, engaged, by the decades of tumultuous renewals left many a mental tattoo and idiosyncratic memory. It was a black, white and several impenetrable shades of grey…

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Arkle wins the 1964 Hennessy Gold Cup

To have been there, engaged, by the decades of tumultuous renewals left many a mental tattoo and idiosyncratic memory. It was a black, white and several impenetrable shades of grey the day, in 1963, of the first Hennessy I saw - bits of it - as we waited for the field to come from the November fog. The Irishmen present were staggered when it wasn’t Arkle but Mill House who emerged.  Those at home watching on television – no giant screens those days - weren’t much wiser because camera work wasn’t what it is now. At the third last Mill House leapt surefooted, Arkle on his tail; but out of shot Arkle stumbled - almost to a standstill - losing momentum and ground even ‘himself’ couldn’t recover.  What people tend to forget is that Arkle wasn’t favourite that day; nor the following March when Mill House was odds-on to repeat his Gold Cup victory of the previous year. Their relationship changed when Arkle ran away from his arch rival up the Cheltenham hill in ‘64. The Irish took over the course – as they might for this first renewal of the Ladbroke Chase at Newbury.

Nostalgia was originally defined as homesickness; now it’s a ‘concept’ (I blame Little Dorrit) worked to death at every tug of the heart strings. Mine still twang at memories of Red Candle beating Red Rum in ’73, the year of the latter’s first Grand National triumph. Best Mate, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star never ran in a Hennessy and Michael Dickinson only won it once, with Bregawn. The late Many Clouds in 2014-15 became the only horse to win the Hennessy and Grand National in the same season. Red Rum would have done it in 1973, my second Hennessy (water had been flowing under the bridge in other directions the decade between), had not Red Candle beaten the national treasure, first the one leading on the run-in and then the other to climax in a photo finish.

Many Clouds en route to Hennessy glory

A little known fact is that both horses suffered from the potentially fatal pedalostitis but were handled by a school of horsemen that has all but closed its doors. Ginger McCain’s Red Rum went on to win two further Nationals and international fame. Red Candle didn’t win much at all afterwards but he was actually trained by David Elsworth, still practicing, and ridden by Jimmy Fox who believe it or not rode in a legends race at Chepstow last month.

I said this was an idiosyncratic view of the Hennessy: don’t say Tom Jones if you ever have to answer who was the first Welshman to have a number one hit...it wasn’t, it was David Spencer. David who? Spencer saw the name Col. Ricky Vallance as the trainer next to Red Candle in the race card, changed his stage name to Ricky Valance and hit gold with “Tell Laura I Love Her".  But I digress.  The last horse to win the Hennessy aged in double figures was Diamond Edge in 1981 – the last of Fulke Walwyn’s record seven winners. Six years ago Carruthers won in tear-jerking circumstances; he was bred by the winning jockey of 1958, the late Lord Oaksey. Carruthers’ half-brother, the ten-year-old former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree who has been in the wars, heads this year’s weights. The other 2017 competitor aged in double figures, Double Ross, was third last year and his stable is enjoying a spree lifting one big Saturday race after another – the other Twiston-Davies representative Cogry, one of only four British-breds, did so in late October.

Willie Mullins

The Irish, once the irresistible force, haven’t won since 1980, Bright Highway, because you can’t count Be My Royal in 2002 - Willie Mullins’s horse failed a long-contested drugs test. Mullins has two representatives among this year’s 21-strong field – but not his first jockey Ruby Walsh who has a broken leg. Mullins’s ante-post favourite is Total Recall who won on his first outing for the stable last month. Mullins is bullish.  Noel Meade sends A Genie In Abottle over from Co Meath and this one’s winning form at Galway was made to look infinitely better when the runner up Mala Beach took the Troytown Chase putting him in the Grand National picture.

American, trained by Harry Fry, is second favourite having won all his three chases, though highlighting how fragile he is with big absences. Whisper, Nicky Henderson, hasn’t been out of the first two over fences and would be landing his trainer a fourth Hennessy – but almost uniquely, with a penalty.  There always a story to tell – in 1983 the legendary Fred Winter prepared his one Hennessy winner, Brown Chamberlin, from Uplands. Incumbent Warren Greatrex is hell bent on restoring those glory days and though Missed Approach is an outsider, Greatrex is very much in form. Missed Approach is thrown in on some form lines – he beat Alan King’s Label des Obeaux six lengths in January at level weights and now receives 8lb!

Personally I feel it’s time for an Irish comeback.

The Hennessy and the Whitbread began in 1957, the first and second sponsored horse races, the former outlasting the latter by sixteen years. (The first Ever Ready Derby was the 250th in 1984).  You can’t expect all sponsorships to last the length of Slazenger (104 years) and Robinsons Barley Water (81) at Wimbledon. Still, we can count ourselves fortunate that Newbury hosted both the Hennessy and the Schweppes Hurdle (last run under the drinks name in 1986) after they began life at other tracks: their names are indelible.

One shouldn’t get too depressed by the loss of iconic titles. It has been Istanbul not Constantinople since 1930, when a humorous ditty was composed to commemorate the name change of Turkey’s great city:

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
So, Take me back to Constantinople 
No, you can't go back to Constantinople 
Been a long time gone, Oh Constantinople 
Why did Constantinople get the works?

But Constantinople is forever: and the Ladbroke has a lot to live up to.

Taittinger Moment

This month's Taittinger moment has been awarded to owner Paul Jubert, who very kindly dontated all the sales proceeds from his Highclere horses sold in 2017 to Greatwood.  As many of you will know, Greatwood is our chosen charity and is local to us, situated just outside of Marlborough, that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of racehorses.  They have taken on a number of our horses in the past, including Beacon, Penny Max, and more recently, Burlington.  The charity have also helped over 2,000 children with special needs through their 'Horse Power' program, where life skills are taught through interaction with horses. A lovely gesture from Paul, which will go a long way to helping the charity in the coming months.

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