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
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.
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.
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.