We have to go pretty deep into the archives to find a (small) schooling photo of the Bill & Ben Partnership’s Postmaster (in front under Katie Ash), a real stable favourite who won on this day in 2012, Matthew Barber (7) doing the steering in a hunter chase at Folkestone, just over a month after running in the National. ‘Postie’ finished fourth in his next outing in the Champion Foxhunters’ at Stratford (behind Salsify, who had won the big one at Cheltenham that March).
Makhzoon made the long trip to Perth worthwhile to win on this day in 2012, winning the claiming hurdle under Richard Johnson in the colours of Middleham Park Racing, S Morris and C Davies, the final of his four wins for us, as he was claimed afterwards and stayed in Scotland with Nick Alexander.
Baily Storm had won two of his first three after joining us in 2009 and returned from a break to make a winning chasing debut in a three-runner race for owners Chasing Gold, in the hands of Daryl Jacob. It wasn’t without drama though, with the leader falling two out and the margin of victory over the runner-up (ridden by AP, who had dropped his whip at the second fence…not something that happened very often!) was just a head.
Five years later, Caspian Piper (pictured on the gallops the week before that win) scored for owners Oceans Racing, bolting up at Uttoxeter under Richard Johnson to win by 13 lengths. The handicapper reacted with a stiff 17lbs rise, but thankfully he was able to follow up on his next outing at Ffos Las the following month.
Dubh Eile featured in Pt 7 of this and makes a quick return, having won on this day in 2015. Racing in the colours of Paul Bowtell and Jonathan Shinton, she followed up her Newton Abbot win the previous month with a runaway 12-length success at Aintree under Richard Johnson, the course where her dam Aine Dubh twice finished third in Grade 2 contests at the Grand National meeting.
Three years later, Laugharne made it third time lucky since joining us, David Noonan doing the steering at Southwell for Oceans Racing. A really game individual, I hope Laugharne can return to winning ways this autumn. The photo may be more than a little blurry, but it’s the best we’ve got of the occasion!