We’ve been prolific on the 25th April in seasons past, including an across-the-card treble on this day in 2011, all three victories coming in four-runner races.
Quedillac kicked off proceedings with a comfortable success at Ffos Las in the hands of Sam Thomas, who now trains in South Wales for Ffos Las owner Dai Walters! Quedillac’s other win had come on 27th April the year before and the final success in his long career came between the flags came on 26th April 2015, so he clearly enjoyed the time of year!
15 minutes later, Makhzoon scored under Aidan Coleman on his second start back from a long absence for owners Middleham Park Racing, S Morris and Colin Davies. In all, he won four of his 11 starts for us, though not quite living up to the achievements of his siblings, which included three black-type mares that went on to produce Australian Group 1 winner Seville, Hong Kong Vase runner-up Six Sense and Wokingham winner Out Do.
Our final winner of the day was Free To Air, who was scoring on his first start for us and followed up at Fontwell Park four days later, ridden on both occasions by Johnny Farrelly for owners Oceans Racing.
Our sole 24th April winner came last year, with Tight Call (pictured) scoring at Fontwell Park for Eric Newnham and Jonathan Shinton, the final run of a busy and successful campaign that saw him win three times and place on three other occasions. He is still just a six year old and while this term didn’t go to plan, we are excited about his prospects in 2020/21.
We enjoyed a memorable treble on 23rd April 2010, which many of you will have seen on the wall of the owners’ room at the yard!
It was Dunraven Bowl night at Chepstow and Quo Video got us off the mark, scoring under a penalty, having won at Wincanton five days earlier. Picaroon was next in, producing a smart display to win the handicap chase by 21 lengths under 5lbs claimer Dean Coleman for owner David Lovell, whose colours were back in the winners’ enclosure an hour later when Master Charm scored in the Dunraven Bowl under Tom David, who had won on Quo Video and recorded his first double under rules.
The highlight of the Welsh point to point season, it had been the plan for Master Charm (pictured) for some time and, having won by 30 lengths on his pointing debut earlier in the month at Lydstep, there had been plenty of confidence behind his chances at Chepstow. You can see Master Charm and Tom in full flow by clicking here to view the final couple of fences.