Friday 16th September heralded the first meeting of The Winsford Racing Club, organised by The Winsford Recreation Association, with a trip to Newton Abbot for an afternoon of jump racing.
A group of 16 excited punters met in the centre of Winsford just before midday to be transported by Upton Coaches the 1 1/4 hr journey in to Devon.On the way there was a Star Punter competition to fill in where everyone had to select the winner of each race and were awarded points for 1st/2nd or 3rd as well as bonuses for winners at bigger prices.
Disembarking at 1.15 pm groups headed off to the bar,restaurant or paddock as required, and began the process of selecting their chosen horses for the first race which was won by Beau Phil at 4/5F so not much of a return but…..a winners a winner! Subsequent winners were Master Dancer at 3/1,Frodon trained by Paul Nicholls (one to follow) at 4/9, Winter Walk at 8/1, Belmount 3/1 and Dun Scaith at 7/1.
Networking throughout the afternoon proved that winners were hard to come by but the racing was competitive and the weather was fine, sunny and a little windy.
We agreed to return to the coach after the 6th race and need to await for one couple who had a good reason to be late….they won a wad on the 6th!
Joint winners of the Star Punter competition with 11 points each were Chris Barber and Dave Wilko.
Arrival back in Winsford was perfect timing for the traditional 18.30 meet-up at the pub for a few pints which we bought with our losings!
A most enjoyable day and there is a plan in place to follow up with a visit to Taunton races in November.
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