What a day for Winsford!
Beautiful weather welcomed 35 eager racegoers as they boarded the coach in the centre of the village for a Day at the Races at Taunton. Amongst them Eileen, Francis and Nicky Ayliffe who were representing the family Ayliffe, as Taunton had granted them a race dedicated to the memory of Nick, our legendary local NH trainer who sadly passed away a few months ago.
To pass the time on the journey we had a little competition to predict the winning time of this race with a clue that over 3 miles a horse runs at about an average 30mph! Kay Tillyer won this with exactly the correct time of 5m.46 secs!
Once at Taunton the various parties went off in differing directions, some for lunch and others to the bars and some just to enjoy the racing and the sunshine.
The Taunton management kindly asked us to pick the “Best turned out” in Nick’s race and Nicky Tillyer, who knows a thing or two about horses, selected Milord who had had his mane plaited and had been well polished!
Muthabir at 9-2 won the race and Milord was fifth with Daklondike from David Pipe’s yard, where Martin Ayliffe works as Senior Head Lad, a disappointing fourth. We had such high hopes and it would have been the perfect finale but……that’s racing!
However Eileen, family and friends still had the enjoyment of presenting the trophy to the winning owner!
Seven races later we boarded the coach back to Winsford and it appeared that although there were not many winners on the day everyone enjoyed themselves and are all set to do it again at Newton Abbot during the Summer.
The big winner on the day was the feel good community spirit it generated!
The Winsford Recreation Association will be coming up with other events over the balance of this year as we need more…… fun!