Ok, it is now 9.41am…
In Italy they enjoy a glass of Prosecco and an almond croissant at this time in the morning, so please feel free.
For those of you who have over-indulged during the weekend then get a coffee and Alka Seltzer and relax for 5 minutes, because…HERE I GO !
DAZZER AND JEZZER ONLY WENT AND WON that is just in case you missed it !
I know it seemed ridiculous to go abroad over the Easter Hols, but when there is race that suits you just have to bite the bullet.
When going through the calendar with Richard this race just absolutely stood out and the only issue was that it was a fair trip and on Easter Sunday, but I am so pleased the decision was made.
There were plenty of entries and our first bit of luck was that race was divided, only another 8 to worry about now, and when looking through them, blimey this looked very winnable. The race preview went out, and some of you ventured over to the track for potentially a celebratory glass of champagne.
I was heading home from a party in London, and managed to tailor the timings to being on the M4 with a mobile phone/TV link to Simon’s (the owner) living room.
What a commentator Ian Bartlett is, the first part of the race was perfect as they turned for home, he was drowned out by vigorous cheering coming from the Stacey household, at this point the Higgs’ family joined in with various high and low pitched ‘Come On Jezzer’ chants, speed was reduced and Mrs H for once wasn’t criticising my driving. The shouting just got louder on both sides of the satellite link up to the point that I didn’t have a clue what was going on until Simon picked up the phone and said “how brilliant was that”, at which point a huge sigh of relief was made and I congratulated him on the win and keeping faith in the little horse. Straight off the phone and Richard called, we exchanged pleasantries and then got down to the good old “YES, YES, YES, GET IN YOU BEAUTY”, well maybe that was just me, he is a little calmer as you all know.
The next 2 hours was spent on the phone, with Mrs H answering the texts and yours truly insisting on telling the whole world…………..I have to say it felt pretty good from where I was, I hope it was as good for you !
Home.. and I got to see the race, why the hell was everyone shouting so much, the race was won after 3 flights, Daryl got him in the perfect position, he kicked on in the home straight, we knew he would see the race out because he can breathe and ‘Bob’s your Uncle’ Jezzer joined Bangers in the Taunton Racecourse Owners Club Hall Of Fame.
Who am I pleased for ?
Well, Let’s start with the horse, he obviously had an issue, which wasn’t easy to find early days as we had had him looked over a number of times by the vet, and none of the jocks got off and said they thought he had a wind issue, however fortunately it started to deteriorate pretty quickly and was picked up, rectified and away you go Jezzer you can be a racehorse now.
The trainer..Richard and the team are brilliant to all of us and do a great job with our horses. Thanks guys !
The jockey.. Daryl is class, he knew from the previous outing what he had under him and used it accordingly. Top drawer Dazzer !
The members ..patience is a virtue as they say and I know some of you were doubting this year’s choice, but never gave me as much grief as you could of done and kept the faith.
The Owner..Simon Stacey, it was not an easy decision to let us have him, Richard and I were keen to get our hands on him, thought we had secured him and then Simon rang up one day and said I have decided to split him into quarter shares and go Pointing with him, Richard and I spent the next hour working out how to change his mind, and we felt ‘Dancing Girls’ was the best option, even that didn’t work.
and finally I would like to Thank..Chris & Heather Dunn, two of Simon’s closest friends who suggested to him that Pointing was a stupid idea and that he should let us have him.
Has your prosecco gone flat or coffee got cold yet !!!! nearly finished
So there you have it, the second horse to win in the TROC colours and we are coming to the end of our 4th season. It has had it’s highs and lows and last Sunday was right up there.
The horse is fine after his run, Jezzer does have an entry at Wincanton on Sunday, this is our trainer opening up all options and being his usual mischievous self, so watch this space.
Finally, the social arranged at the Point To Point at Holnicote on the 7th May, is now a celebration, hope you can make it !