MAY OWNER INTERVIEW - MARK & MARION HUDSON

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

We met through politics in the late 1990’s and moved to rural Kent in 2006, complete with dogs and the children’s hunters.  Marion retired from farming and politics then, whilst Mark worked in the City before moving in 2018 to work for an Investment Bank in Abu Dhabi where he lives.  Marion travels between the two and Mark flies back for race meetings when he is able to, and to see his beloved dogs!  We have three children (Charles, Lucinda and Ellie, all of whom love racing) and three young grandchildren (Harry, Daisy and Verity).

How did you first get involved in Racing?
BOTH: Marion has always ridden and the three children grew up ‘Pony Clubbing’ and hunting with the West Norfolk. Mark is far too uncoordinated to be able to ride and instead regularly donated to various bookmakers’ retirement funds over the years.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

BOTH: With Kim: Milord, Sunblazer, Un Ace, Younevercall, Bandon Roc and, most recently, Espoir de Romay courtesy of our friends, the formidable Foreman sisters.

We were also previously in two of Amanda Skiffington’s syndicates with Nidnod and Magical Path, trained by Hugo Palmer.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

BOTH: We are very fortunate to have had a few.  Within four months of racehorse ownership, Milord came 4th in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival.  We made so much noise in the O&T stand that people were taking pictures.  Then A.P McCoy rode Un Ace as his last ever winner at Ascot in the Waitrose Novice Handicap Chase in 2015: we have watched that race once or twice and still cannot believe that the horse won.  Last week, on Champions Day, Younevercall won the Betfair365 Grade 2 Select Hurdle at Sandown in some style.

Daughter Lucinda warming her hands under Willie Mullins’s waistcoat at Ascot one year is also of note.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

BOTH: The Open Meeting at Cheltenham in November - a big picnic in the car park with family and friends followed by excellent racing.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

BOTH: Mark was introduced to Kim by a friend at the 2011 Open Meeting at Cheltenham.  A large glass of red was immediately proffered, and Mark came back to Marion informing her that they were going to look at a horse at Andoversford the following day. That horse was Milord and that was it!  We have loved every minute of it and would never have horses with anyone else.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Mark: probably the prize money.  There are so many syndicates and partnerships now that I do worry about the long term viability of some lovely smaller courses without encouraging more owners.

Marion: extend the break between the end of one season and the start of the next, to give not just the horses, but all of the staff, a breather.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Mark: Theresa May – to show her that it’s not that bloody difficult.

Marion: The writer of The Archers.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Mark: Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Roger Moore, Kim Bailey and my darling wife.

Marion: Assuming it’s a joint dinner party with my husband - The Princess Royal, Jilly Cooper, David Hockney, William Hague and Nancy Mitford.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Mark: savoury – Buck’s Club Welsh rarebit

Marion: Chocolate!  Enough said.

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Mark: A cooked breakfast / African safari (for my 50th in 2020) / The Sportsman or Wiltons / Millennium – a late 1990s spin off of The X Files that no one will have heard of.

Marion: Fish (esp. sea bream) / Italy (esp. Florence) / The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent / Endeavour

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Mark: Be with my three dogs……and, of course, Mrs H.

Marion: Fly in a TARDIS to Abu Dhabi to be with Mark

What are you most looking forward to?

BOTH: Brexit
 
 
 
 
 

APRIL OWNER INTERVIEW - JOHN & SUSIE KOTTLER

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BACKGROUND - A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

We both grew up in Northamptonshire, and vaguely knew each other as children. We've been married since 1962, spent a few years in Northern Ireland but have lived in Worcestershire since 1966, bringing up our four daughters with their ponies, guinea pigs, cats, racing pigeons, a jackdaw, and a fine terrier of uncertain pedigree whom they named “Bruvvver” and humanised practically to the point of basic conversation.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

J: From a very early age being taken by my parents to meetings at our lovely local NH course at Towcester.  At the age of 16 I was made (unofficial) school bookie. Turf accountancy didn't really come into it; I made my own odds, very dangerously offering extremely high prices on what I thought were no-hopers.  I somehow survived, but had M'as Tu Vu won the 1956 Grand National, I would have had to have disappeared for a long time.  I had enticed people to back him at 200/1, versus the market odds of 40/1.  (He mercifully failed to finish the race).


S: I was a member of the Pytchley Hunt Pony Club, and I have many happy memories of the Pytchley point to point at Guilsborough.

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

We've had interests in a few horses over the years, but the first horse we owned outright was Fed on Oats. He was a hurdler trained by David Nicholson, who won a few races and gave us a lot of fun.   We also have Charlottes Webb owned jointly with our daughter Emma, and a number of her offspring including of course Sea Story with Kim who won a couple of bumpers last year.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Impossible to choose the best between Arkle's third Gold Cup, Sea Bird in the Arc and Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot; and Alleged when he won the Arc for the 2nd time, in a hack canter. With regard to this last race, when we arrived in Paris on the Saturday evening (1978) it was pouring. The local evening press decided that the very soft going would ruin Alleged’s chances, and its odds lengthened accordingly but with extremely good fortune we encountered the incomparable triumvirate of Vincent O’Brien, Tommy Stack, and Lester Piggott staying in the same little hotel as us; I asked them if Alleged would cope with the ground, and they assured me that he would love it; our winnings covered the cost of our trip. 

Numerous funny incidents of course but one that sticks in our mind is years ago travelling home from the Arc with a friend who struggled to understand the difference between imperial and decimal measurement and at huge cost found himself taking home for his wife a truly colossal container of Chanel No 9 which having ordered and had gift-wrapped he felt he couldn’t refuse to pay for. We think she must be still going strong on it after 40 years.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Obviously our local course Cheltenham, but also magnifique Longchamp and wonderful Newmarket. As you scan the racecourse and the surrounding area at Newmarket, we always feel that you sense the history of the sport. We think it is a most special place.

How did you first get involved with Kim?

One visit to Kim’s yard was enough to make us decide to send our horse to him. A good decision.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

J: I would have all betting done through the Tote, as in France, in order to put an end to all the bookies’ horrible telly adverts. The mute button is the most used on our remote.

S: I’m very happy with things as they are!

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

S: No-one I can think of!

J: The world's Number One golfer.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be

S: John Betjeman, Hillaire Belloc and my three best school friends.


J: T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren. We'd all have a lot to talk about.

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?


S: savoury
J: sweet (Jack Sprat)


What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

S: I like holidays in the sun.

J: Holidays on Scottish rivers where the food is the best.   Cape Town in wintertime.

Both: We like Caraffini, Le Colombier, and Boisdale, all in London.   Our 2 favourite TV programmes are both highly intellectual: University Challenge and Dad’s Army.


If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

J: I'd like to find a miracle cure for my dreadful putting.

S: I'd like to go on a lovely relaxing holiday in the sun.

What are you most looking forward to?

J: See above

S: Sea Story racing in the autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH OWNER INTERVIEW - EMMA BUCHANAN

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BACKGROUND - A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

I'm married to Alexander (Lander to most people) and we have two sons and a daughter (Rory 26, Johnnie 25 and Saphy 19) who are still very demanding on my time even though they are no longer at home.  They put this down to my need to meddle.  I meddle, or at least dabble, in various other things that keep me busy and interested.  Home is in a village near Wantage. I own Sea Story jointly with my parents, John and Susie Kottler.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

I started gambling as a very small child.  I'm joking really, but my father used to get me to call the bookies and place his bets so he wouldn't miss the TV coverage.  Mum and Dad always went to Cheltenham with their friends, and took me and my three sisters, Polly, Sarah and Lulu, often crammed into a sports car, not remotely suitable for a family of six.  We all loved the routine and tension of a race day, which invariably started with missing the first race because of the "bloody traffic" and ended long after the last race, stopping outside Cheltenham to pick up fish and chips to take home in newspaper.  The racing itself had us all transfixed as children, and we carefully scrutinised every horse from a knee height view in the paddock before standing on tiptoe at the Tote to place a 30p bet.  We'd say solemnly "It's for my father", whilst pointing to the stranger behind us in the queue, and it usually worked.  

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?

My first horse was about 15 years ago, owned jointly with Mum and Polly, a novice hurdler called Dash for Cover with Jonathan Portman, who gave us some fun but retired early through injury, the horse not Jonny.  A couple of years later Henrietta Knight phoned Polly and said she'd found a promising mare in Ireland that would make a nice broodmare one day, so the three of us bought her and she ran in our colours with Hen, and then with Tor Sturgis.  Breeding was the last thing I wanted to get involved in back then, but as it turns out, I love this other dimension to racing, and here we are with her sixth foal due in May.  Sea Story is her second foal, and is the first in training with Kim for me and my parents.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

My favourite moment was Sea Story winning a bumper at Ludlow, because when you breed a horse, I think you long for a moment of justification, but being at Ascot for Frankel's last race was fabulous too.  There go Frankel and Sea Story being mentioned in the same sentence again!

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Cheltenham has it all and nothing beats the first day of the Festival.  Naturally I'm also a fan of Ludlow now.  
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?

When Sea Story was in pre-training with Willie and Mandy Bryan we asked them who was particularly good with mares.  They suggested a few, but of those it was Kim we saw first, and there was no need to look elsewhere as we immediately liked the whole atmosphere of the yard, the way they do things and the level of communication with owners. And Kim's blog!


If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

I'd arrange discounted or free entry to racecourses for the under-25s; Lots of them can't afford it.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Theresa May, so that I could have a big Cabinet reshuffle.  

Failing that, my daughter as she's on her gap year in South East Asia.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Paxman, James Dyson, Peter Crouch and I suppose if we had his wife, Abbey Clancy, too it would keep Lander happy.  Lander loves ballroom dancing.   I'm exaggerating, but he was glued to Strictly week in, week out, when Abbey Clancy was on and talked of little else at the time.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Both!

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Food: I love any food that's freshly made with good ingredients, and it doesn't have to be complicated.  Really good buffalo mozzarella and very ripe tomatoes can be perfection.

Holiday: Family holidays, with friends too, that involve being out all day, like skiing or stalking / fishing and reconvening for supper and late nights.

Restaurant: Atmosphere is as important as food.  I love Cecconi's (Burlington Gardens) where the food is fab and the green chairs and bar stools were designed by my sister, Lulu about 15 years ago.  If we want a restaurant where we can get stuck in, Boisdale of Belgravia is a favourite with wonderful fresh Scottish food, great service, live music and a cigar terrace.

TV:  Killing Eve was the best thing I saw last year.  ITV Racing and University Challenge are weekly fixtures.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

I'd love to go and spend three to six months in another country.  No offence to anyone!

What are you most looking forward to?

The Festival.  Politics returning to normal.  Friends coming to stay next weekend.  Liverpool winning the Premier League. The Spey in May.  

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - COLIN STEWART

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)


A retired schoolmaster, I taught economics for 41 years at Bloxham School and was a housemaster there for 18 years. I am single and have been retired for 7 years, but still live in
Bloxham.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

An uncle and aunt persuaded me to visit Peter Harris's stables in 1998, where they were involved in partnerships. One of the partnership managers there was a certain Peter Kerr. I bought a share in a two year old and have never been without a share in a horse since. It was a wonderful way of escaping the intense boarding school bubble that I lived in.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers
 
I was involved with half a dozen horses on the flat with Peter Harris then Walter Swinburne. Since moving to Kim I have been involved with Lion on the Prowl, Silver Eagle, Mor Brook, Sunblazer, Younevercall and Vinndication. I am one lucky owner - all six have won races.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
I love the adrenalin rush every time any of my horses runs and have had many excellent days at the races. But undoubtedly the best was last November at Kempton, when I first watched David Bass win on Vinndication at Carlisle, on the big screen, then saw Mikey Hamill ride Younevercall to a comfortable victory at Kempton. This was followed by protracted celebrations with the rest of the excellent "Youneverknow" partnership
 
What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
I am a member at Newbury which I think is an excellent course for both jumps and flat racing and I love the Royal meeting at Ascot. But above all I love the wonderful variety of race tracks you get in the UK. It's often quite an adventure following your horse to the likes of Cartmel, Perth or Market Rasen.
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
 
Peter Kerr is to blame. He suggested coming to an open day at Kim's. I was bowled over by the welcome and friendliness of Kim and the staff. I also couldn't resist what I thought was probably my last chance to buy a progeny of Saddlers Wells in Lion on the Prowl.
 
If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?
 
The prize money
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
I think it would be David Attenborough - I love travelling and am envious of the extraordinary experiences he has had in many of the less accessible places in the world.
 
If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?
 
I would invite any five people who would be guaranteed to listen with enthusiasm to my ramblings on subjects such as: my recent travels, horse racing, politics, economics, education etc. etc. Unfortunately I doubt such people exist. In fact it's probably just as well.
 
Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?
 
Both unfortunately - I'm an inveterate 'nibbler'.
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?
 
I love curries, but they have to be authentic Indian - I love Southern India. This gives the clue to my favourite holiday - travelling in India - sights, sounds, smells and wonderful people.
I will watch any sport on television, (I recently found myself riveted by a game of ladies' netball.)
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Flying (first class) to South America. (My current project is travelling the Andes.)
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Vinndication running at Cheltenham. (What dreams are made of!)
 
 
 
 
 

JANUARY OWNER INTERVIEW - JOHN & LAURA GARRETT

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Background - A little bit about yourself....

We have been married for 50 years. We bought our own garage/repair business in Kington, Thornbury in 1972 and retired in 2007. We worked in the business together for 35years and moved to Maismore, Gloucester in 2007.

How did you first get involved in racing?
 
We joined a syndicate which was being put together in Dick Baimbridge's point-to-point yard at Hill, Berkely, approximately 30 years ago; the horse being Autumn Green. In our opinion, our best horse was Titmus Bramble who took us to many places and won the Weatherbys Chase P.P.O.R.A Young Horse Award West Midlands Area in 2004.
 
What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers?
 
We currently have shares in Another Venture, Red River, Commodore Barry, Pond Road, Lord Apparelli and the latest in Adjourned.
 
What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?
 
Going to Killarney Races with several hundred racegoers going towards the entrance, and a gentleman running towards us arms out stretched, grabbed my hand and pushed two tickets into it and ran off as quick as he came without a word being said. I thought I was being mugged!
 
Which is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?
 
Cheltenham - Not the Festival though
 
How did you first get involved with Kim?
 
Reading an article in the local paper about Another Venture and the Maggies charity, there were some shares available and we wanted to get involved.
 
If you were in charge if racing for a day what would you change?
 
Making the owners and trainers rooms larger because they have not really taken into account that more horses are being syndicated these days.
 
Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
 
Alan Titmarsh - For his gardening knowledge, not for his wife!
 
If you could invite any five people for dinner who would they be?
 
Kim Bailey
Felix Francis
Michael McIntyre
A.P. McCoy
Clare Balding
 
Do you have a sweet or savoury tooth?
 
Sweet
 
What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant and TV programme?
 
Roast Duck, Ireland, Ronnie's in Thornbury or North 5 in Winchcombe, Most sport programmes
 
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
 
Having had a visit before, i would enjoy a further look around Aidan O'Brien's facilities.
 
What are you most looking forward to?
 
Having a Gold Cup winner!
 
 
 
 
 

DECEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - IAN & PAM FARNSWORTH

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Ian – I was born and bred in Gloucestershire in a third generation dairy and arable farm near Cirencester. My grandfather bred shire horses winning many trophies showing and sent out a team of stallions to serve mares around the country. I was involved in breeding pedigree Friesian Holsteins and exhibiting at the Royal & National Dairy Shows. I retired from the family farm 20years ago after selling the milking herd and worked on a large arable estate in Cirencester. I retired for the second time 7 years ago but still drive various agricultural vehicles during harvest. After milking cows 365 days a year, my promise to Pam on retiring the first time was to travel; this we do every winter which invariably results in missing race meetings. We have two children and four grandchildren currently.

Pam – I was born in Cheltenham and was a pony mad child. I eventually acquired my own at the age of 12 which was designed to “keep me away from boys” to quote my father (it worked). I hacked out on Cleeve common overlooking Cheltenham racecourse and spent the week every year at Pony Club Camp which was held on the course; the stables acting as dormitories. I then joined young farmers to find a rich husband – I found Ian! My love of science led me to a career as a scientific officer in the clinical chemistry department at Gloucester Hospital, where I analysed blood and other bodily fluids. I left to have my two children Lisa and Edward.
In 1914 part of the farm had been requisitioned as a WWI airfield and then was handed back in 1922. In the late eighties the family were approached by an aerobatic company who wanted to buy the area and re-instate it as a grass airfield for the Crunchie Flying Circus. Ian agreed and after I begged him that a condition of the sale would be that I could do a wing walk, I was duly strapped on a fuselage of a tiger moth and got a superb view of the countryside whilst trying to keep my mouth closed to avoid insects. A unexpected bonus was my mother-in-law not speaking to me for several weeks as she considered it irresponsible. I then went onto exhibit at Fairford International Air Tattoo the year two Russian fighters collided; we flew over the wreckage on the second day.
My second career was, and still is, accounts and bookkeeping for small companies. I am also chair of watershed riding for disabled in Coates ad we have recently completed a large expansion of our facilities, kindly opened by Adam Henson in September this year.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

Pam – I used to get off the school bus in Prestbury and run down the road past Frenchie Nicholson’s yard to get to the far side of the course at Cheltenham to watch the field sweep past in the Gold Cup.

Ian – Meeting Pam

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers

Our first horse in training came 15 years ago, which never made it on a racecourse. We currently have a share in “the slowest horse in the yard” Knockanrawley whom Pam immediately bonded with in the field due to his quirky personality. His first run for us and Kim resulted in a win, beating his stable companion – well documented here before. We also have a share in Silver Kayf and the youngster Pond Road.


What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Ian – Walking from the pre-parade ring at Cheltenham into the Parade Ring with Silver Kayf and the roller coaster if emotion at Ayr thinking Knockanrawley had passed the winning post in front, only to discover he had been beaten into 2nd place!

Pam – The experience of Knockanrawley finishing third on the BetVictor Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham as I had always dreamt of having a runner at Cheltenham not really expecting it to come true.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Pam – No question, Cheltenham, but I do also enjoy Newbury

Ian - Cheltenham

How did you first get involved with Kim?

A fellow owner Carol Bailey invited Pam to Thorndale to see one of her horses. Clearly, Kim was at a loose end that day as he gave Carol and Pam a tour of the whole farm and practised his full charm offensive - he was a lot younger then. Pa succumbed to those charms and came home to tell me that she had two horses in Sparville and Buffy the Beetle. The camaraderie and enjoyment of being owners, even a small part, proved addictive.

The experience and the welcome given at Thorndale, led us on to our three current horses. It has proved to be huge fun and the benefits of a partnership are sharing the highs and lows with ones co-owners and of course the delightful Peter Kerr.

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Both – we would change how prize money is structured to increase money at the lower end of National Hunt Racing.

Pam – Improve course facilities for all the staff.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Ian – I would like to be the speaker at the House of Commons in order to “sort out” the MPs and engage them in sensible debates.

Pam – I would thoroughly enjoy taking the role of the physiotherapist for the England Rugby Team when playing an International match at Twickenham. Rugby Union is also a passion of mine and I could get to manipulate all those powerfully built male bodies!

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Ian – Michelle Obama, Dan Snow, Brian Cox, Tim Peake and Boris Johnson

Pam – The Princess Royal, Baroness Trumpington, Louis Pasteur, Tim Peake, Tanni Grey – Thompson


Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Both - Savoury

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Ian – Food: Well matured cheeses. Holiday: Exploring the Cappadocia region of Turkey on horse back with extraordinary landscapes and delicious food often prepared in local homesteads. Restaurant: Prithvi in Cheltenham, TV: Sport.

Pam – Food: I love all food, Holiday: My favourite holiday was riding along the wild coast in South Africa with deserted beaches to gallop along, shop wrecks and the wide open veldt, not to mention the delicious wines. Restaurant: I don’t have a favourite restaurant but I like all restaurants that serve superb ingredients simply cooked. TV: Spooks

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Ian – Orbit the Earth to get a unique perspective of our stunning planet.
Pam – Freeze my life as it is now for a few years and continue to enjoy it to the full.

What are you most looking forward to?

Ian – Going on a fantasy bear hunt with my grandchildren on our next family holiday.
Pam – Spending a happy and healthy Christmas with our Grandchildren and 97 year old mother-in-law who is now speaking to me.

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - KEVIN CLANCY

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)
 
I’m Kevin Clancy and I am the Managing Partner in “The May We Never Be Found Out Syndicate”. The Syndicate is made up of my Brother Dermot, My sister Mary and Brother in law Stephen Cannon along with the younger members of our family who all love racing so each of them have a small piece of “Two for Gold” we also have Oli Bell the racing commentator (Kim is like a father figure and mentor to him) in our group as he was at school with Dermot’s children so we had to include him. The name “May we never be found out” is an Irish toast that our Dad used to use whenever we were together as a family.

I live with my wife Mary in Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire with our 3 Labradors, we are very lucky and have five wonderful children but thankfully they have all left home so just the dogs now. Henrietta (36), Michael (34), Elizabeth (31), Patrick (29) and Conor (26) the two girls are married to two lovely lads Matty and Phil and we have a lovely grandson Gabriel who is nearly a year old.

After studying civil engineering at college I joined the family Construction Business and have spent my entire career in “Clancys” where I have worked with my Brother Dermot and my sister Mary since graduation. We now have several members of the 3rd generation in the business so my time is coming to an end and hopefully more days in the future spent racing.
 
How did you get involved in Racing?

As a family we have been fortunate to have a box at Ascot for almost 50 years so we always went to the races together and naturally decided that we would own together.

I started with “Mr Clancy”, then the rest of them got involved with Fairly Lively, Quite lively, Imperial Vintage, The Rainbow Hunter, Crazy Jack and now Two for Gold. We have had mixed fortunes with our horses, mostly good times but always fun and we’ve been to Racecourses throughout England and Wales. You have to go to Fakenham, Market Rasen, Ludlow and Uttoxeter to name a few to really appreciate National Hunt Racing. All the courses are different but usually very welcoming.

Imperial Vintage was a horse that gave us heart failure every time he went on the course because of his jumping but, after he finally won we decided that we would send him to the sales. Little did we expect Venetia Williams to buy him and within 6 weeks he had won 3 races and over £ 40,000 in prize money with one of those being a race at Cheltenham when he was the only horse to finish and picked up all the prize money. He then managed to do himself damage in a race and he was never seen again. Kim and I were getting fed up with people asking us why we sold him however, we were eventually proved right but it was an uncomfortable period; we have had plenty of laughs out of the situation since although we wouldn’t have minded the money. Our relationship with Kim survived that period, but there is always a lot of luck in Racing and it’s not always the good variety.

What is your funniest experience in Racing?

A few years ago in January 2014 we went to Doncaster for the Sky Bet Chase with the Rainbow Hunter, we had no great expectations of winning and the weather was awful. In the hour before the race we had torrential rain, gale force winds and then finally thunder and lightning, we were expecting the end of the world. My wife Mary and I thought what are we doing here getting soaked, windblown and frozen and when we met Matt in the parade ring before the race it suddenly became very dark the clouds were so heavy. Of course Kim was no where to be seen, he had gone to Cheltenham and was probably drinking fancy red wine in a nice warm box with his posh friends whilst us true racegoers with the assistant trainer, in a fetching bobble hat, were braving the elements.
After our victory at odds of 15/1, of course we received the congratulations of the master trainer but, those of us that were at Doncaster have always doubted he actually watched the race! I have often thought we should have commissioned “I was at Doncaster on the 25th January 2014 survivor’s medal”!

Our glass of Bulgarian red with no interference from management was appreciated by Matt, Mary and I once we got out of the rain and into the owners and trainers bar. That was a fun day and when discussing it with Matt last week the story is certainly being embellished a little as time goes on particularly when Kim is listening.

What is your favourite Racecourse or meeting?

I love Ascot, lots of great memories and it is a fantastic facility with wonderful racing of both flat and National Hunt, but then again Cheltenham is very special and the quality of racing is out of this world at The Festival. However, having been to the Grand National with The Rainbow Hunter on three occasions, it’s hard not to feel privileged to have been involved in what is clearly a unique race. Our family had a few wonderful days at Aintree and if you haven’t been, I would put it on the “To Do List”, maybe Two for Gold will get us there.

How did you get involved with Kim?

 I think my friend John O’Neill recommended Kim over 25 years ago and he has become a welcome addition to our guests whenever we are entertaining at Ascot always good value to everyone he meets and as long as you give him a glass of wine quickly never badly behaved. The perfect guest who rarely gives tips but likes to keep my brother Dermot and I on our toes by mentioning various holes in  the roads that he has spotted on his travels and suggesting it must be something to do with us .On a more serious note we have the greatest respect for Kim as a trainer yes he has been around for a while but he has adopted modern communications and his blog is consistently informative and it encourages involvement with the yard and his steady stream of good results is testament to his ability

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

There is a huge amount of money involved in Racing but it appears to me that it is disproportionally distributed. The welfare of the horses and the people who work and care for them seem a long way down the food chain. The massive profits that the bookmakers and betting exchange generate should be somehow funnelled back into the sport. It is very difficult to make it pay as an owner; the prize money that is available is not commensurate with the risks that are involved with owning and racing horses. There needs to be a more equitable balance between the prize money and the actual costs of competing, with a fair reward to the owners, trainers and yard staff. The profit made by third parties with no risk doesn’t seem fair and in the long term it has to change. I don’t think that would be achieved in a day.

Away from racing, who would you trade places with for one day and why?

That’s simple it would be Francesco Molinari the Italian Golfer. He won this year’s Open Golf Championship and always hits the ball straight and never seems to get in trouble. I would head off to Lahinch Golf Course in County Clare in Ireland and play a round of Golf on what is one of the great golf courses of the world. Maybe for just once in my life I could have a round that I could be proud off and enjoy a drink in the bar afterwards with a sense of achievement.

If you could invite 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Bill Clinton    
Joe Cocker
Nelson Mandela
Tina Turner
Bridgette Macron

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Simple just give me a “Chocolate éclair” any day

What is your favourite Food, holiday, restaurant and TV programme?

I love going to Portugal or Ireland and I adore good food but in particular Seafood of all kinds and I am not fussy, if it’s a pint of Guinness or a decent glass of Wine it depends which country that I am in at the time.

My favourite restaurant is “the Sir Charles Napier“in Radnage near Stokenchuch, seriously good food with an excellent wine list at reasonable prices

TV, whatever sports programme is on whether it’s racing or rugby doesn’t matter

If you could do anything you wanted to right now what would it be?

I don’t actually have any burning ambitious that I feel I am missing out on but, I have been working a long  time and I feel I should, in the future, do less work and more holidays and have more days out so that’s an evolving plan.

What are you looking forward too?

Well the glass of wine that I will be having with my wife when I get home tonight will be a good start. My long term ambition would be nice to have a winner at Cheltenham, if only to see the smiles on Kim and Matts faces and the party that all of us would have afterwards!
 
 
 
 
 

OCTOBER OWNER INTERVIEW - KAREN MASTERS

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)


I was born in Welwyn Garden City, one of three girls, me being the oldest.  We moved from Hertfordshire to Redcar where my sister was born.  Soon after my father got a job in London so we relocated to Reading as it was easily commutable.  I now live west of Reading with Murphy, my little pooch in a lovely village called Pangbourne surrounded by three rivers – The Pang, The Bourne and The Thames. The rest of my family moved to the South West – Thornbury, Braunton and Bideford.  

I left school at 18 after deciding I had had enough of education particularly as I wasn’t good at exams!  I joined the National Institute for Research in Dairying or NIRD as it was fondly known.  Working as an Assistant Scientific Officer, I developed my love of science and spent the next five years analysing sheep’s milk and other bodily fluids (I won’t go into details!) to determine the levels of calcium and potassium they needed in their diets to remain healthy.  I also continued my education on a part-time basis ultimately gaining a degree in biochemistry and microbiology.  Another interesting part of the job involved tasting products made in the experimental dairy and becoming a ‘qualified cheese’ taster which to this day still impacts the cheese I buy!  

From dairy research I then moved into chocolate going to work for Cadbury Schweppes.  I spent many happy years researching the biochemistry of cocoa flavour (and becoming a qualified chocolate taster as well) but the novelty of working in a laboratory had started to wear off.  I still needed to be involved in science and took a role within the organisation running training courses for the food industry and subsequently other roles in business development and marketing. After 30 amazing years, circumstances conspired against me and I had to leave Mondelez International (who acquired Cadbury) which was a big shock to the system – I thought I would be leaving there in my coffin!  But as often happens, in hindsight it was the right thing for me and I found an amazing job working for a company who manufacture a device to help with acid reflux.  Still retaining the scientific element but having the added bonus of knowing the product can help people has been so rewarding.  I’m on the move again now and looking forward to new exciting challenges in the medical/clinical arena.

How did you first get involved in Racing?


I had always loved horses and as a teenager spent every Saturday working (for nothing of course) at the local stables and then had a New Forest x Arab pony for a few years.  My first involvement was when a friend of my parents who was passionate about horse racing and liked a flutter came to visit.  I was unwell and off school so had been watching the horse racing on TV.   We had a conversation about the racing and I proceeded to tell her which horses had won which races the previous day.  She decided that day to put an accumulator bet on for me and guess what all five horses won!  She gave me the winnings, around £40.00 which paid for me to go to France on a school trip.


What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers


Being involved in horses with Kim has proved a little addictive.  My early involvement was with a friend’s horse Charles, he raced for a couple of years and then decided it wasn’t fun anymore.  He is now owned by one of Kim’s team – Leigh.  I then decided it was time to take the plunge and get involved myself.  The first being Lucette, who was not really cut out to be a racehorse and only ran four times.  I then fell in love with a large, grey Irish horse with a quirky personality Knockanrawley and the rest is history!  This was quickly followed by shares in Our Belle Amie and Kayf Storm, both recently retired but I think a new venture is on the cards.


What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?


It is really hard to a choose a best experience as Knockanrawley has been such a star in my opinion particularly as he was dubbed the ‘slowest’ horse in the yard. Having said that, taking him to Cheltenham has to be right up there.  Given his quirky nature and tendency to behave badly we were concerned how he might behave on the day but he took it all in his stride and then came home 3rd to Sausalito Sunrise.  For me to have a horse race at Cheltenham was a dream and to be placed was amazing.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?


I have now been to around 26 courses in the UK and whilst Cheltenham, Goodwood, Ascot and are great in their own right, I actually prefer some of the smaller courses such as Uttoxeter, Hereford, Market Rasen, Ludlow and Hexham.

How did you first get involved with Kim?


I first got involved with Kim through my friend Tim or ‘The Man from Moscow’ as he became known.  Tim and I met when we were 18 and then lost touch until 10 years ago.  We met up and when he was in the UK occasionally went racing.  I still remember the day he messaged me to say he had bought a racehorse – Charles.  As Tim wasn’t based in the UK, I would often go to the yard to see the horse and also go to any of his races.  After Charles was retired, I decided I would miss having an interest in a horse and going racing and that is where the addiction started!

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?


I would like to change how prize money is structured to increase money at the lower end of National Hunt Racing.

Also, improvements in facilities for stable staff, they do a great job in all weathers and ensure our horses get to the racecourse safely and looking immaculate.

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Lewis Hamilton to experience how exhilarating it is to drive a Formula One car and to understand what it takes to become a World Champion.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Charles Darwin
Richard Branson
Julie Walters
Clare Balding
Lewis Hamilton

Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?


Savoury

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?


Food – Thai
Holiday – Iceland
Restaurant – The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row
TV Programme – The Big Bang Theory

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?


Retire with enough money to continue my addiction to owning racehorses!

What are you most looking forward to?


Knockanrawley continuing to enjoy his racing and hopefully being in the winner’s enclosure once again.

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER OWNER INTERVIEW - PETER & FIONA WOODHALL

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

Peter – I grew up in Shropshire in a very horsey environment.  My father and uncle were near the top of the tree in show jumping and my grandfather was a founder member of the BSJA.
I lived on horses until I was 17 when I left home to go farming and never sat on a horse again until I was nearly 40.  I then purchased a horse and the old competitive instinct returned and did a bit of show jumping, hunting and amazingly ended up Team Chasing with quite a bit of success.
At 26 I moved to Essex and managed a pig unit and eventually met Fiona through that old marriage bureau of Young Farmers and we were married 35 years ago.
In 1990, having started our pig business 4 years earlier, we bought our current pig farm and moved back to my beloved Shropshire.  We lived in a mobile home for 2 ¼ years with 2 young children and 2 dogs and were able to build our house.  We enjoy a lovely life and have some very good friends.

Fiona – I am a farmer’s daughter from Essex and was brought up in the village next to where Kim grew up and we both attended the same primary school of St Cedd’s (although he is a little older than me!).
 I went to agricultural college in Leicestershire and trained as a Farm Secretary.  I joined our local Young Farmers and Peter and I met at a friend’s 21st birthday party.
We have been married for over 30 years and started married life on the pig unit that he managed in Essex and then we had the opportunity to start up on our own and bought a little bungalow and rented a unit, which was not ideal.  We saw an advert for a pig unit in Shropshire and so on rare weekend visit to Peter’s parents we came and visited and the unit was just what we were looking for and fell in love with the area.  We bought it with outline planning and moved up in 1990 together with our two young children, 2 labradors, a horse and our pig herd, which was a logistical nightmare.  The children and I initially stayed in Essex as we still had sows farrowing and they couldn’t be moved so Peter commuted backwards and forwards gradually moving all the stock up to Shropshire.
I did a bit of mobile farm secretarial while the children were young but mostly worked on the pig unit and then when the children were both at secondary school was lucky enough to get a fulltime job on a local farming estate where I have been for 20 years but cut down to two days a week at the beginning of this year.
Hannah, our daughter, is married to Nigel, also a farmer, and they had the twins Joshua and Grace just before Christmas last year and I am loving being a “granny”.
Our son, William, who is a farm manager, is married to Abi and they have a baby on the way.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

Peter – My father always transported racehorses and when he retired from show jumping he did that full time and I went with him as often as I could.  I used to keep a record of the horses trained, at the 2 main stables for which he did the transport, in the back of my school books.  I went to school with David Minton and Bob Davies (multiple champion jockey), so we spent a lot of time discussing racing.

Fiona – Peter is the one who introduced me.  I love the thrill of National Hunt racing and the social side but sadly can’t remember any breeding or who won what race!

What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers

Peter – We started with Silver Eagle and had great success and then along came Knockanrawley who has been a legend.  Mor Brook sadly had a chequered career and retired early.  Chateau Robin had a lot of places and was just getting his act together when he sustained an injury which sadly ended the partnership.  Involve proved not to be very good and we are still hoping for a change of luck with Dusty Pearl.  Full Tilt is our latest venture, bought in May with Mark and Melinda Laws

Fiona – Following a visit to Thorndale in the Summer of 2012, we started with Silver Eagle followed by Knockanrawley in 2013 and this horse and partnership has given us so much fun and we have made some very good friends.  In 2014 we had Mor Brook who sadly had feet problems and then Chateau Robin in 2016 followed by Involve and Dusty Pearl in 2017.  We went to the Doncaster horse sales in May this year and jointly, with Mark and Melinda Laws, bought Full Tilt (stable name “Legend”) having said in the car on the way up that we were “not” going to buy a horse!  He is in pre-season training with Phil Rowley and will shortly be moving to Thorndale for the coming season.

What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Peter – My best experience in racing was Knockanrawley’s 3rd place in a big race at Cheltenham and also having 1st and 2nd with him and Silver Eagle at Towcester.  It was very funny as we were overjoyed but Kim didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as some of Silver Eagle’s owners weren’t very happy being beaten a “no hoper” stable companion!

Fiona – My best experience was at Towcester when Knockanrawley and Silver Eagle were 1st and 2nd in the same race.  Kim didn’t know if he was delighted or not.  Another favourite has to be when we won The Mandarin Cup at Newbury with Knockanrawley and got to each have turns having the huge cup at home.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

Peter – Cheltenham is my favourite course.  We are members and there is always top quality racing.  The November meeting is my favourite as we have a mini break away for it and there is great racing but not the crowds or pressure of the Festival.

Fiona – Cheltenham has to be my favourite course as we are members and since completing The Princess Royal stand, facilities are so much better.  I enjoy any race meeting there as we usually have good friends for company and meet up with regulars but I do hate the rain!

How did you first get involved with Kim?

Peter – Having been told about Kim’s blog being so interesting and funny, we started reading it and saw Silver Eagle in the Horses For Sale section and we arranged a visit.  We were impressed with the easy-going nature of the team and decided to get involved.  Kim always makes visits to Thorndale and the races fun, win or loose.

Fiona – As Peter has said above but he is rather a technophobe but once he got into the blog there was no stopping him!

If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Peter – The handicap system; if a horse has one good run, they go well up the handicap but have to have loads of poor runs before they come down.

Fiona – Better conditions for the stable staff at race meetings.  Racecourses seem to be so inconsistent and the staff work so hard and the least they can expect is a good hot meal for themselves and good facilities to look after their charges before and after the races.  Prize money; if some of the provincial courses, like our local, Ludlow, can get decent prize money, why can’t the other bigger courses?

Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Peter – Has to be Greg Wallace then I could sample all those wonderful dishes during Masterchef.

Fiona – For me it would be Clare Balding as she is so knowledgeable about all sports, loves a good walk with the dog and is a good raconteur.

If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Peter – Boris Johnson, Clare Balding, David Jason, Martin Pipe and A.P. McCoy

Fiona – Michael McIntyre, Julie Walters, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Michael Caine


Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Peter – Sweet tooth, although I love all food

Fiona – Savoury tooth as nearly always prefer cheese to a pud

What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Peter – Favourite food is anything with caramel or butterscotch or a really good duck course with a great sauce.
Favourite holiday was the two we had in Ireland and one in particular including two days at the Punchestown Festival where I backed 5 winners in one day!
Favourite restaurant is the Childswickham Inn near Broadway as its our go to place when staying over for Cheltenham and the food is always good.
Favourite tv programme is only Fools and Horses whenever there is nothing much on I like to go to Gold or Dave and watch Del Boy and Rodney but am also a succour for a good rom com

Fiona – Favourite food is roast chicken with all the trimmings but lobster for a very special treat.
Favourite holiday was when we went to Australia for the second time and drove up part of the East coast and thought we had done miles and looked at the map and it was about ¼”! But ideally, lying in the sun with my kindle and a G&T and I am a very happy person.
Favourite restaurant is difficult as we are spoilt for choice locally but we did go to Mr Underhill’s in Ludlow and had the taster meal which was out of this world but unfortunately it is no longer there as the husband and wife team have retired.
Favourite tv programme is currently Bodyguard with Keeley Hawes…..gripping stuff!

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Peter – See Knockanrawley finally win some more races after some great runs in big races from being too high in the handicap.

Fiona – Make Owners and Trainers facilities much more consistent.  Without owners there would be no racing.

What are you most looking forward to?

Peter - Being able to take the twin grandchildren and the one of the way to the races and hopefully see one of our horses win.

Fiona – The next winner but most looking forward to the birth of our third grandchild due in December and Peter’s 70th birthday as we have taken a suite at Cheltenham with family and friends to celebrate in October.

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST OWNER INTERVIEW - IAIN & ANGELA BELL

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BACKGROUND – A little bit about yourself (Occupation, where do you live, family etc)

Married for 26 years and live close to Chester.  No children but several nieces and nephews, and a couple of very bright and entertaining great nieces.  We have both ridden since childhood and continue to do so often.  Our shared love of horses was how we met with Angie’s mare, Amy, playing a pivotal role.  We have owned several horses, competing on them in eventing, dressage and showjumping with success but also on occasions ‘not getting it quite right’ but that’s life with horses!   

Iain - Graduated with an engineering degree but then changed tack and pursued a career in accountancy.  Having qualified in practice he has worked for a large regional newspaper group, had a spell teaching accountancy trainees, was Financial Controller for several rural estates and is presently Head of Finance for a bovine genetics company in Cheshire.

Angela - An ex-Graphic Designer and, by chance, a designer of RHS Show Gardens. I felt that picking up a couple of Gold medals and a Best in Show was no mean feat given I’m no Gertrude Jekyll. The initial garden design was simply done as a part of my job then subsequent gardens as a favour for a friend.
These days, having qualified as a riding instructor many years ago, I volunteer with the local Riding for the Disabled group.

How did you first get involved in Racing?

Iain – I’ve followed racing ever since Red Rum got up to beat Crisp in The Grand National sparked my imagination.  My initial foray into ownership was with our friend Joe’s home-bred filly, Hifalutin, who had some talent but was also a bit of a ‘fruit cake’ – more later.  Our first visit to Thorndale in 2012, for ‘just a look’, was with some trepidation but Kim and Peter were welcoming from the outset.

Angela – Prior to 2012 I had only ever been to three race meetings in my life (the things you do for love).  I came to racing knowing very little about it and have learnt plenty, and I’m always happy to spend a day as an Owner.


What horses are you/have you been involved with both with Kim and other trainers

Iain had an interest in the aforementioned Hifalutin and then her half sister Ellovamul (I didn’t name her!) trained by Mark Brisbourne to win at Wolverhampton, Ripon and Yarmouth.
With Kim we took a share in the lovely Silver Eagle in 2012 and the ‘rather wayward’ Lucette who lasted just four runs.  Then in 2013, and still hanging in there, is the charismatic Knockanrawley.  Our next venture was in the recently retired Our Belle Amie and now we have a share in the as yet unknown quantity of Peeping Tom to look forward to.


What was your best/funniest experience on a racecourse?

Iain - The obvious choice would be the day the ‘ever so slow’ outsider Knockanrawley, having his first race, beat the much fancied, Silver Eagle, into second.  Happily for us we had shares in both – talk about a win/win situation.  It would definitely not be the day that Lucette hared off the track at Wincanton mid-race across a neighbouring farmer’s field.  Fortunately we had decided to watch this race from our local bookies but unhappily for Kim he had to endure some ribbing from fellow trainers.
Angela - I think the funniest would have to be the day I received a phone call from Iain who was at Ayr to watch Hifalutin saying “you won’t believe what has just happened…”.  Hifalutin had exited the paddock at high speed and bolted the entire length of the straight away from the start.  Eventually pulling up the unnerved jockey jumped off and removed the saddle thereby withdrawing her from the race!  It was some time before I could stop laughing and it still makes me smile.

What is your favourite racecourse/race meeting?

It has to be said that Ayr must surely win top prize for looking after their owners.  Perhaps a little too well?  Last time we were there we found we didn’t actually see a great deal of the racing as the catering and company were so enjoyable we lost track of time.  We also enjoy our local courses, Bangor-on-Dee and Haydock, but unfortunately Knockanrawley doesn’t seem to much care for the later.


How did you first get involved with Kim?

Another long story… but in brief, having decided we would get involved we thought we should do it properly. It was only some time later that Iain told me he had been following Bailey’s Blog for a while and had seen the horses he had for sale!
A sunny morning walking around fields looking at beautiful relaxed horses on their summer hols brought us literally face to face with the lovely Silver Eagle who in a field of people and horses walked straight past everyone and stood nose to nose with Iain. I have to confess I was slightly choked, and while everyone stood there saying I don’t believe that horse just did that, Kim announced ‘we train them to do it’.

A cooked breakfast later and the decision was made.


If you were in charge of racing for a day what would you change?

Iain – Increase the riding fee for jump jockeys.  May not be universally popular but what they do on daily, and put themselves through, continues to amaze me.

Angela – Continue to improve facilities at all racecourses for stable staff including provision of free food.


Now away from racing - If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Iain – Tim Peake on an orbit of the Earth from space.  Literally an out of this world experience.

Angela – I think I would trade places with an Air Sea rescue person – how wonderful to make a difference and save a life?


If you could invite any 5 people for dinner who would they be?

Iain – Kate Bush without question, Lucinda Green, Bob Champion, explorer Benedict Allen and Rory Bremner.
Angela – Poet John Cooper-Clarke, author Alan Bennett, artist Grayson Perry, singer Dusty Springfield and comedienne Jo Brand. That should be good lively fun!  


Do you have a sweet tooth or a savoury tooth?

Iain – Increasingly savoury but, in my book, a meal is not complete without a pudding!
Angela - Depends what’s on offer but generally sweet.


What is your favourite food, holiday, restaurant, tv programme?

Iain –
Food?  As long as it hasn’t swam nor has gills and scales I’m happy.
Holiday?  Kefalonia or a weekend escape to North Wales to ride our friend’s talented Lusitano stallions.
Restaurant?  Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor for a special occasion.
TV programme?  Any quiz show – Only Connect, Mastermind or University Challenge – I enjoy testing myself!

Angela –
Food?  No real favourite but I’ve just eaten a very nice iced bun and enjoyed it thoroughly…
Holiday?  The next new place I haven’t yet been to or a return visit to New Zealand.
Restaurant?  Good food anywhere preferably with good company.
TV?  Pleasant light entertainment preferably not where someone has to die for my amusement - maybe a good quiz show but I do seem to be watching Poldark each week!  


If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Iain – Take a ride in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti at dawn.
Angela – I would simply love to talk to my father about a number of the truly extraordinary things he did with his life. Amongst them his eventful childhood which later led to him becoming a member of the International Brigade in Spain, his time spent in India and about his love of being a cricket umpire. A conversation which would likely be fruitless on two counts, the first obviously being that he is no longer with us – always a bit tricky - but equally as unlikely because he simply wouldn’t talk about certain aspects of his life, although I’m sure he would be more than happy to discuss cricket!


What are you most looking forward to?

Iain – Standing in the winner’s enclosure with Knockanrawley again.  Fingers crossed.
Angela - Ah… The promise of the season yet to come… no disappointments yet!

 

 

 

 

 

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