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The Cinque Ports R.V. Go Racing at Plumpton

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Scribe Mike Boxall

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Cinque Ports Go Racing

 

1st Cinque Ports R.V. Corps of Drums at Plumpton Racecourse

27th April 2012

 

Friday evening’s racing at Plumpton presented punters with something different to the highly trained thoroughbreds they’re used to seeing. The Cinque Ports Stables had brought a motley selection of hacks, geldings and fillies to add to the evening’s entertainment.

 

Their first event, the 4.10 Galanthia Handicap Chase, got off to a good start with Le Tambour Major in front in the early running. Repeating Rifle and Come Into The Parlour followed closely, with Venture Adventure making ground on the outside.

 

 

 

 

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Down the back straight Arborfield Boy made a strong challenge. New Recruit, making a good showing on his first time out, put Cadet Captain to the test. But at the final turn it was still Le Tambour Major in front by a length with Come Into The Parlour looking determined but fading. On the line Le Tambour Major had it and lead the field into The Paddock for a welcome halt.

 

  

 

 

Before the first real race of the evening The Cinque Ports Corps of Drums had marched onto the course playing Gallanthia.  In front of the Main Stand they halted and played Prussia’s Glory, Trumpet Tunes, and Killaloe . The Corps then moved to The Paddock playing The Adjutant. Once there they played A 1914-18 Medley and The Great Escape to a sparse but enthusiastic crowd before marching off to A Sussex Medley.

 

After the third race The Corps formed up by The Lewis Stand and, nicely framed on the course giant screen, played The King of the Fairies, Euterpe, The 1914 –18 medley, and The Londoner Medley followed by The Jigs which brought a rapturous round of applause from the punters. During both performances members of the PWRR Recruiting Team circulated with collecting buckets for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The money raised will help to support soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

 

As they left for home the runners and riders from The Cinque Ports Corps of Drums could look back on a thoroughly enjoyable evening playing through their repertoire and supporting a really worthwhile cause.  

 

Mike Boxall

The Scribe put in his usual patchy performance impeding Madam Secretary at the final turn. A strong surge from Berkeley Square looked to have it on the line but the photo finish showed Recent Kiwi with a nose in front. All the runners in this race finished blowing hard and the stable has called in the vet to see which ones need putting out to grass and which should be humanely destroyed.

In the bright evening sunshine all the Cinque Ports steeds then enjoyed some time out chomping on the contents of their nosebags.

 

Before the start of the 6.20 race, The Malta Revisited Hurdle, Berkeley Square’s trainer revealed that he’d been off his oats recently and was carrying less weight than last time out. However, at the off it was Berkeley Square who made all the running. The Sailing Master and Not A Scot made good ground early on, but at the half way stage it was Four Minute Mile and Ambulance Chaser neck and neck.