Horsington Open Results

Open 2015Poster A4The Horsington Open at Henstridge Golf Club on Friday 23rd October was an intensly fought competition, with scarcely a hair’s breadth between the main contenders. 42 players took part. A full report will follow shortly, but here are the results:

Horsington Open 2015– Prizes

1st  Tony Brodie  22 pts
2nd John MacDonald 21 pts
3rd Richard Walker 21pts

There were 5 players with 21 pts,  and 1 with 20. Results were decided on the  last 6, and then the last 3 holes.
David Blake, and Hutch  Hutch Wright  also had 21 points,  Previous winner Chris Dibben  had 20 points

Team Prize : There were  3 Teams with 65 points – Henstridge, The Half Mooners and the Wright Stuff.
Prize goes to Henstridge, on the basis of last 6 and then the last 3 holes’  performance.

Longest drive Richard Walker
Nearest the pin  Paul Mann
Putt of the Day Mike Baker putted off green for a birdie (hotly contested by Chris Bailward  who putted off green having put 2 previous balls in the lake and Tony Brodie who achieved a 24 ft Putt)
Best Lady Sally Ward
Best Newcomer  Tony Brodie

Most improved players
Richard Gaunt +3
George Wagland + 7
John MacDonald +7
But the prize goes to Glynn Parry +10 (on a lower handicap)
Wooden Spoon – William Wallace and a special award to  The Foresters – First time on a Golf Course.
Best Dressed Golfer Anthony Yateman.

Thanks to everyone who took part. We raised a considerable sum -at least £500- for the St Margaret’s Hospice, and will report further when the accounts have been done.

Thanks to all sponsors, donors, and the Henstridge Golf Club management and members for the smooth running of the event.

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“They’re off” on Friday 16th!

WealthThe Blog’s editorial team are getting excited about  the start of this season’s national Hunt Racing at Wincanton on Friday 16th October.

Our racing correspondent Winterborne Longjohns is surely sharpening his pen and his wits to bring you the very best racing information as we write this. (He has been very quiet during the summer.)

Every year optimism triumphs over experience. Modest sums are lodged with Paddy Power and William Hill, and we convince ourselves against all the odds that that Messrs Tizzard, Nicholls, Hobbs and Fry can land that elusive 25,000-1 Yankee.

Watching the racing at the course is great fun. There is a band of regulars who are very welcoming, and there are many local people there.

It costs £20 for a Premier enclosure ticket on the gate, but you can save a fiver by booking in advance at http://wincanton.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/under-starters-orders.

Or you can pay £23 in advance and get a “Premium Punters ticket”, which provides entrance, a race card with Timeform ratings, a pint of lager or a glass of wine and a £5.00 food voucher. Great value, since the extras alone will set you back about £12 if you bought them separately.

There are further race meetings  on October 25th and November 7th.

See you there.

Sign up for the Horsington Open – now in its 3rd year

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Entries are invited for the third “Horsington Open” , to be played at Henstridge Golf Club on Friday October 23rd 2015.

The 9-hole charity competition is in aid of local charities, and is open to all comers. Ladies and non-handicappers are welcome. Entry is just £15 per player, including green fees.

The prize (as befits an “Open”) is a claret jug, plus many other prizes generously donated by local businesses and suppliers to Horsington’s Half Moon and South Cheriton’s White Horse pubs.

The competition tees off just after 10 am. The prize giving will be held in the White Horse, South Cheriton  at 6.30 pm, when there will also be a charity raffle.

This competition is now in its third year. It provides an opportunity for players at all levels to get together for a fun day of golf and raise money for charity. The field normally includes some really good golfers, some desperately bad golfers, many ladies and several beginners.Whitehorselogo

South Cheriton’s White Horse pub has generously agreed to sponsor some prizes and to host the prize giving. The Half Moon has volunteered its customary support, with players and prizes.signpost2

Entry forms  and more information can be obtained from the Half Moon, the White Horse, Henstridge Golf Club, or downloaded here. ALL WELCOME!

The competition is organised by Horsington’s Richard Gaunt, with the help of George Wagland and Phil Bennett.

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Previously. . . . .

Horsington Open Golf Tournament
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Forget the New Zealand debacle – Horsington can really lose in style!

A great day's fun cricket, enjoyed by everyone
A great day’s fun cricket, enjoyed by everyone

Horsington’s fixture against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London, ended in a good humoured defeat after an afternoon of slightly damp, but very entertaining cricket. The teams played 2 innings, reversing the batting order for the second. Local rules meant there was no LBW, and “golden ducks” were banned.

Both teams were refreshed by a liberal supply of Butcombe Rare Breed, generously supplied by Andrew Tarling of the Half Moon, who also umpired throughout, assisted by Chris Bailward and Richard Gaunt (who was thankfully not called on to make a decision).

Horsington, captained by Christian “Snoopy” Bennett, fielded some very fine young cricketers with genuine potential for the future – Michael Tarling, Samuel Rose and star batsman Jake Cockerel. Nick Mattravers and Stuart Lane tonked a few braces of sixes before falling to some beguiling bowling.

Joe Davidson had a spectacular catch, Tom Appleby, who has just taken over the Charlton Horethorne Stores, bowled with great pace and skill. Kevin Lane played with his usual style.

Charlie Mann and Josh Dare-Cullen bowled with an unconventional action with some success.
The view from the pavilion was that this is a team with great potential. If only they could play together more often, they might put Horsington on the village cricket map.

A great day, in steadily improving weather. Horsington were overtaken by the Pilgrims with 3 overs left.

Then it was back to the Half Moon for refreshment and the traditional Bank Holiday Quiz, won by the Pilgrims in a tie-break with the Moonies. The winning team conveniently had a veteran of several TV quiz shows in their team, one Bill Rodwell, still bowling at 82!

Thanks to Rob Hoddinott for preparing the pitch,  Belinda Mann and Philippa Tarling for the tea and cake. And thanks to the Pilgrims for coming. See you next year.

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Nick Maltravers faces the bowling
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Slogger Charlie Mann strikes out
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Horsington pad up in the magnificent 19th Century pavilion
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Joe Davidson, who enjoyed a spectacular catch in the second innings
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Stuart Lane clips a neat shot behind
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Classy batting action by Horsington Captain Christian Bennett


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. . . and he’s off!

You can see and download high resolution versions of these and more from HERE

All to play for at Bank Holiday Cricket Extravaganza

The May Bank Holiday looms, and the thoughts of all decent men turn to cricket. Forget the West Indies, and our upcoming battles with New Zealand, this is about saving the Horsington Cricket Pitch.

After a year’s absence, our friends the Tabard Pilgrims CC from Chiswick, West London, are returning to Horsington to play our village team. The match is very important as staging a game on the village pitch continues the legal right to use the field as a cricket pitch in future years.

But we need a team. The nucleus is there, but we could do with some more players. If you are handy with a bat or a ball and own, or can borrow, some white trousers, we need you! Contact Philippa Tarling at the Half Moon. – Tel 370140

The match will be played on Sunday 24 May – first ball at 2.30.

There will be a barbeque afterwards at the Half Moon, followed by the traditional Bank Holiday Pub Quiz.

Winterbourne’s Cheltenham results

JollyAllan – Lost
Mendip Express -Lost
Bit of a Puzzle – 3rd at 16-1
Annie Power – Fell at the last, convincingly in front, dashing the hopes of thousands of Irishmen with Willie Mullins accumulators, and saving the bookmaking industry from ruin.

Activial – 3rd at 17-2
At least Winterbourne got one thing right!  In the Cross country event Toutancarmont , the French horse, made an unscheduled  and unseemly left turn and careered into the rails when nicely poised for victory.

Hernryville  – 4th at 50-1, a nice each way coup
Edeymi -lost

Black Friday
Thomas Brown -lost
Fletchers Flyer  -lost
Jollys Cracked it- lost
Karinga Dancer – non runner

Winterboune Longjohns adds this comment:
“Will you make it clear to my readers, if any still exist , that I have absolutely no connection with Winterboune View, the eponymous private care home for those with special needs  in Bristol, that was  recently closed after revelations of physical abuse!

I am am sure  it would not have occurred to anyone – until you mentioned it! -Ed

Your editor was £250 up on the week, mainly by ignoring the Blog’s recommendations and subscribing to a professional tipping service.


Winterbourne Longjohns gets Cheltenham Fever

WealthWinterbourne Longjohns, our resident racing correspondent reports from Cheltenham:

With the curiously early cancellation due to “bad weather” of last week’s ‘free’ meeting at Wincanton four days in advance of its scheduled date, ‘Cannotwin’*  would seem to be intent on living up to its not entirely enviable soubriquet. The Jockey Club , which is responsible for the course, remains oddly silent as to the real reasons for this.

Perhaps an absence of entries may have a bearing here.  Two weeks ago at Taunton a six race card, also on a Thursday, could only attract a grand total of thirty-three runners. Robin Oakley in this week’s Spectator suggests an interesting explanation.

The real problem, he suggests, is not our National Hunt jockeys refusing to wear sun visors and so making a complete farce of many late afternoons hurdle races, but instead it is the fact that although  there are now 650 more race meetings than there were seven years ago in 2008 , there are now 1,600 fewer racehorses in training than there were in 2008. The much increased number of summer jump meetings may also contribute towards this as does the appeal to owners and trainers of much enhanced prize money for races scheduled to be run on a Saturday, while the overall dominance of events such as the Cheltenham Festival may also contribute to this.  In any event small mid week fields do nothing to persuade people to attend race meetings.

And so to Cheltenham, where hope continues to annually triumph over experience. But of course we go on. This year Harry Fry is taking his strongest team to date to Prestbury Park. The disappointing news , especially so for this correspondent, having backed ROCK ON RUBY at 20/1 in January to win Thursday’s Ladbroke World Hurdle, with the horse having been withdrawn on Saturday after having been scoped badly following a disappointing mornings work,  was especially galling with ROR’s price at the time of the withdrawal having tumbled to 8/1.

JOLLYALLEN, also backed earlier in the year by Winterbourne at 20/1, will be very much the centre of his attention  on Tuesday’s opener, the Supreme Novice Hurdle. He represents the first ride of the week for A P McCoy at his final festival before retirement. We are told that A.P. has always liked JOLLYALLEN and believes that he will be well suited by the better ground he is likely to encounter here. MENDIP EXPRESS,  who is said to be in great order will be ridden by top amateur Will Biddick in the UBS H,Cap Chase, while BIT OF A PUZZLE  will be the Fry stable’s third entry of the day in the OLBG Mares Hurdle in which the Irish trained ANNIE POWER  is expected to be a hot favourite.

On Wednesday I am very much hoping to see ACTIVIALfinally achieve  an outstanding success in the Coral Hurdle.  Profitable places in big races at Ascot and Newbury mean that this gallant little grey owes us nothing,  but a success here is most certainly something to be wished for.  HENRYVILLE  has been pencilled in for the Pertemps on Thursday, where Tony Martin’s EDEYMI might well go close as a real Irish gamble

Friday the Seaborough stable’s hopes mainly rest on THOMAS BROWN in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle. Harry Fry reports that he is in the form of his life and that the three mile trip  looks ideal for him.  It is possible that the Wincanton and Punchestown winner FLETCHERS FLYER may join him in the line up  for this race. Experienced conditional jockey Michael Nolan has been booked for JOLLYS CRACKED IT later in the day and KARINGA DANCER under the excellent Noel Fehily may run in the Grand Annual Chase which will feature A P McCoy’s last ride at the Festival. Finally Swinley Bottom’s French friends are very keen on the chance of their compatriots Toutancarmont in Wednesdays Cross Country event provided that the French pilot can successfully find his way around this impossibly confusing course.They do after all drive on a different side of the road!

*A cunning,  cryptic and cynical anagram for Wincanton –ED

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Winterbourne’s tips of the day

Winterbourne Longjohns, our resident racing correspondent writes:

Very enjoyable day in miserable weather at Sandown yesterday, where I learnt that CROCO BAY was strongly fancied to win the 3.05  at Wincanton  this afternoon . I am assured that the owner and all the connections are all supporting  his chance .Other fancies for the day include P’TIT ZIG in the 3.50 at Ascot and Harry Fry’s  FLETCHERS FLYER in the 4.00 at Haydock, where doubtless the going will be hock deep.

Please assure Mrs Badger that indeed a visit to Wincanton is being thought about for either February 25th or March 5th  DV, and that it is indeed a good thing that I have in my possession an original vinyl recording of Guy Hands ‘Loving You Has Made me Bananas” since the link on the Horsington Blog is unfortunately merely a black hole !

If you receive the blog via email, the link may not function. Click on the heading and you will be taken to the blog itself, where everything works. – Ed

Late Update: Croco Bay, came 3rd, P’tit Zig fell, and Fletcher’s Flyer  came 2nd. -Ed

Racing prospects at Wincanton and elsewhere

There is a good card at Wincanton on Thursday 29 January. Winterbourne Longjohns, the Blog’s resident racing correspondent, has sent us this dispatch:

Having drawn a bank, – in point of fact made a loss, – with an over ambitious each way double at Cheltenham on Saturday Winterbourne is hopeful that Harry Fry’s  BLUE BUTTONS will compensate for this unlocked for reverse by running his usual genuine race in the 3. 40 at Wincanton on Thursday.

Meanwhile and more immediately, AROSEFOROSCAR* is expected to confirm the favourable impression he made at Exeter last week by defeating DANCING SOLO in the first at Taunton This afternoon.

Should weather conditions allow and for the moment this looks no more than even money, then ACTiVIAL, who ran so well for us at Ascot last time out, looks like the proverbial**  good thing at 8/1 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday week on February 7th.

*Aroseforoscar did indeed beat Dancing Solo, but still only came 3rd at 2/1 -Ed.
**I think the proverb is “Never look a gift horse in the mouth” -Ed.

Winterbourne Longjohns picks some likely Christmas winners

2 January: This Post has been updated with the latest results – a 34 -1 treble!!! -ED

W.J., our resident racing correspondent ,writes. .

B.B.S.S. and Forgive us our Christmases for those who Christmas against us. This might well be  Winterborne  Longjohns’ Festive message, for he is once again is forced to camp out while having his ceiling repainted for the third time in as many years, which, as he says , does concentrate the mind wonderfully.

To Ascot, in fact on Saturday, where he hopes to see Harry Fry’s (20 Winners from 74 Runners and a strike rate of just over 27 percent), ACTIVIAL win the Ladbroke Hurdle at the end of the afternoon having been backed down from 14/1 to his present market position of 5/1 favourite over the past forty eight hours.This yard seems to be attracting the attention of some serious heavy bettors at the moment. So if you follow the money its best to follow Harry !  Do remember that this horse was first tipped to the readers of this column in October. Maybe though a saver on SHELFORD, trained and ridden by Dan and Harry Skelton would not go amiss.

Those taking the air at Wincanton on Boxing Day should not miss out   on Hazard Chase Racing’s gallant little hurdler GENERAL GINGER, second here at Wincanton behind a Paul Nicholls hotpot in early November, who has been prepared with this race in mind for some time now. Don’t expect a big price  though ! VUKOVAR ,mind how you pronounce it , may provide that at Kempton that same afternoon. 40/1 is currently on offer and should be considered.

ROCK ON RUBY very much the stable hero at Seaborough should win again at Cheltenham on  New  Years Day which should start 2015 off on a prosperous note for all followers of the Harry Fry yard.

LATE NEWS – Monday 22 December: Actival came 3rd at Ascot on Saturday, Shelford came 4th.

EVEN LATER NEWS – Friday 2 January:Hope you and the Horsington  followers were on Winterbornes  new year Harry Fry treble. Thomas Browne  won the first at 5/1 followed Assam black at 11/4 and then another outstanding win by the stable favourite Rock On Ruby at 5/2. All in all a very satisfactory day !  WJ

Combined odds for a treble were 34 to 1! -ED

Thanks and Happy Christmas, Winterbourne, though we are still mystified  by B.B.S.S. What can it mean?

You can follow the discussion on BBSS and its meaning in comments on the Post “Has Winterbourne Longjohns lost it? -Ed.