Aintree – Friday

Winterbourne Longjohns writes:

I understand Phillip Hobbs is s very optimistic about all his Aintree runners today( Friday) and tomorrow and Wishful Thinking (Melling Chase, 1505)  is perhaps the most likely of all.

It lost- Ed

Winterbourne Longjohns – 2 winners and a second!

Racing results from Winterbourne Longjohn’s tips

Thursday 3 April
12:15 Maisons-Laffitte (France), Orienteer, WON odds 3.3/1
2.00 Aintree, Actival  placed 8/15 LOST
3.05 Aintree, Rock on Ruby, 2nd, odds 10/1
17.35 Taunton, Polelamico, WON, odds 12/1
Garton Star ,Non-Runner

Winterborne Longjohns reports:
Rock on Ruby denied Aintree prize by a head after running a wonderful race at 10/1. I had backed it earlier in the day at 15’s and was almost counting my 0000-‘s ! Magari. Polamico went in at Taunton at 12/1 somewhat unexpectedly however Orienteer did the business for us in France at a gratifying 33/10.

 

 

Winterborne Longjohns’ Late Wire

Flushed with his success at Wincanton Yesterday, Winterbourne Longjohns turns his attention to  some races outside Somerset. Ooh la la!

Methinks the asparagus will be early this year and should be matched to a Sauvignon Blanc.

Meanwhile. In order to celebrate yesterday’s win,  I  intend to help myself to a little of the 20/1 available for Balthazar King on Saturday, as  selected by our winning trainer of yesterday  Harry Fry, who,  as I learn this morning, is also most. enthusiastic concerning   his charge Mendip Express’s  chances in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr in ten days time.

Meanwhile Andre Fabre’s Orienteer runs at midday  today in France and Harry Fry’s Garton Star and Polelamico are no more than a modest interest this afternoon at Taunton while our main interest will be with our two previous selections at Aintree.

Blog’s tipster scores on debut

Our new racing tipster, the legendary Winterbourne Longjohns, landed a 9/4 winner – Jollyallan, and a 5/2 2nd – Henryville, at Wincanton today. Both horses could have been secured at much better odds early in the morning when the blog appeared.

His other two tips were non-runners.

A very good start. We hope his luck – and judgement- will continue. Well done.

Up the Downs

A view from the  stable yard by our man of the turf, Winterbourne Longjohns.

The Blog is fortunate to have secured the services of the first class racing tipster, Winterbourne Longjohns. His maiden column is timely, for today is a Wincanton race day. Our tipster has been a lifelong reader of the Horsington Blog, but he brings an altogether new style, a welcome relief from the stark, functional prose of your editor.

Over to you, Winterbourne. . .

On this auspicious date I thought that you should be the first to know that  owing to  my strained financial situation I have now reluctantly decided to come out from a long and hard earned retirement and once again take up the rigours and shackles of employment.

I have no doubt that this will come as some considerable shock to you but as from today’s date I will be working as the National Hunt correspondent of the Horsington Blog covering the jump racing scene under the pseudonym Winterbourne Longjohns ,while my alter ego Swinley Bottom will from time to time advise the Blog’s readers and subscribers on flat racing prospects.

It may interest you to learn that Swinley’s first 2014 selection Orienteering, an Andre Fabre trained Juddmont home bred three year old from whom all expect a great deal, will be running at St Cloud later today. Incidentally Swinley Bottom’s European counterpart Captain Krumpnick can be reached c/o The Hayloft . L’ Ecurie des Nags, Chantilly , France and we very much hope that he will be able to provide us with profitable overseas information from time to time.

The thought has occured to me that with such world class information at my finger tips  my syndicated services might be of interest to such other magazines as Prospect, The Fortean Times  and Horse and Hound and I will be pursuing this possibility in due course of time. Hoping that this statement of intent proves as exciting to you as it does to me.

My Wincanton selections are all Harry Fry horses, viz 2.45pm Presenting Arms. 4.15pm Henryville. 4,45 pm Oscars Lad . 5.15pm Jolly Allan.  (looks like he’s going for a Yankee –Ed). Then I am going very strongly on Actival in the 2.oopm at Aintree, and Rock on Ruby in the 3.o5pm the following day.

My Grand National  (which will be shown in the Half Moon during the Music and Craft Festival on Saturday) selections are Tea for Two (Surely Teaforthree? –Ed)  and Shakalakaboomboom.

Well, there you are. We wish everyone the best of luck. Can’t wait for your next dispatch, Winterbourne.

Winterbourne . . . Really!

Horsington Open is a great success

The first ever “Horsington Open” golf tournament to raise money for the church roof, was held on Monday November 11 at Henstridge Golf club. The 22 competitors braved a light drizzle to compete over 9 holes for the coveted Horsington Claret Jug trophy, kindly donated by Charles James of Ottery Antiques, and Richard Gaunt.

In fact “The S & D Open”, after the closed railway line, might have been a more appropriate title, as competitors came from Wincanton, to Stalbridge and all stations in between. One player was from Warminster, another from Lincolnshire (which also boasts a Horsington).

The Winner! Chris Dibben of Wincanton Seniors
The Winner! Chris Dibben of Wincanton Seniors

At the top of the leader board it was a tight competition between some very good low handicap golfers. Peter Gripper and David Blake  from Horsington narrowly failed to beat a challenge from George Wagland from Henstridge (playing for the Half Moon), and the eventual winner,  Chris Dibben from Wincanton, who won the competition overall with a stunning 26 points, which will no doubt be of interest to the handicap secretary at his home club!

Chris Bennett from Lincolnshire, David West from Yenston, Phil Bennett and Andrew Tarling from Horsington all put in creditable scores.

Frank White of Winky Seniors gets his mind in gear for the longest drive
Frank White of Winky Seniors gets his mind in gear for the longest drive


Best Team
The Winky Seniors, Wincanton
Best lady golfer  Ginty Malcolm, Templecombe
Nearest the pin on the  3rd hole Graham Soper, Stalbridge
Longest drive on the 7th  Frank White, Wincanton

The fun element of the tournament was the Cricket competition on the side. If you hit your ball over the green without touching the ground, score 6. If you hit your ball across the (surprisingly fast) green, and off the other side, score 4. The Old Bakers & Bowmakers (Phil Bennett, Paul Mann, Brian Tunnicliffe and Graham Soper) scored a staggering  98 runs, way ahead of anyone else.

The individual high score went to Chris Bennett (no relation), who scored 36, but also came 4th equal in the competition. Something wrong with his range finding equipment!

Phil Bennett, Andrew Tarling and George Wagland
Phil Benett, Andrew Tarling and George Wagland

At the bottom of the table (and we do mean bottom), Horsington’s three worst golfers, Ted Banks, Paul Mann and Richard Gaunt carried off the booby prizes, two chocolate golf balls and  one Suduko Toilet roll!

All in all this was a very enjoyable day, despite the weather. Henstridge Golf Club proved to be a very good venue, with excellent facilities and a very hospitable and welcoming team. £110 was raised for the Church roof fund.

Thanks also to, Andrew and Philippa Tarling of the Half Moon, Steve Love of the Arch, Sherborne Paul Mann, Ginty Malcolm, Libby Gaunt, Chris Bailward, Ted Banks and Henstridge Golf Club  for generously donating prizes.

The Horsington Open Order of Merit 2013

Name H/cap Team name Pts Pos
Chris  Dibben 25 Winky Seniors 26 1
Derek King 26 Winky Seniors 20 2
George Wagland 17 Half Mooners 20 3
Chris Bennett 24 Vet Veterans 19 4=
Mike Parfitt 21 Winky Seniors 19 4=
Peter Gripper 18 Vet Veterans 17 6=
Frank White 12 Winky Seniors 17 6=
David West 12 Imponderables 17 6=
David Blake 14 VetVeterans 16 9=
Graham Soper 26 Old Bakers & Bowmakers 16 9=
Phil Bennett 22 Old Bakers & Bowmakers 15 11
Andrew Tarling 28 Half Mooners 14 12=
Colin Constable 28 Imponderables 14 12=
Howard Bentley-Marchant 13 Imponderables 13 14
Ginty Malcolm 36 Legs & Co 7 15=
Gail Garbutt 36 Legs & Co 7 15=
Brian Tunnicliffe 24 Old Bakers & Bowmakers 6 17=
Liz Bentley-Marchant 36 Legs & Co 6 17=
Libby Gaunt 36 Legs & Co 4 19
Ted Banks 28 Half Mooners 3 20=
Paul Mann 26 Old Bakers & Bowmakers 3 21
Richard Gaunt 28 Imponderables 1 22

Only 5 days to go to the Horsington Open – November 11th

Horsington OpenEntries are coming in thick and fast. Make sure you confirm your verbal intentions by downloading and handing in an entry form – otherwise we cannot organise teams and tee-off times. Various participants have been sneaking off for a surreptitious practice. Should be a good day!

We now have 22 entries, but we can accommodate more, with tee off times after 1pm. Come on Horsington!

Sign up for the first “Horsington Open”

Horsington Open Golf TournamentAttention all golfers (and aspirant golfers) at all levels. Put Monday November 11th in your diary. It’s the date of the first ever HORSINGTON OPEN
golf tournament, to be played at Henstridge Golf Club.

The tournament is a 9-hole 4-ball competition.

As the title implies, it is open to all, including ladies and non handicappers. The entry fee is £12 per player and the surplus will be donated to the Church roof fund.

Tee off is from 11am.  The prize giving will be at the Half Moon at 6.30 when the coveted Claret Jug trophy will be awarded to the winner. There will be plenty of other prizes.

There will also be a raffle in aid of the church roof fund.

There will be full catering facilities at the club.

If you would like to sponsor a golf prize or donate a raffle prize please contact Richard Gaunt, who is organising the competition with Andrew Tarling and Phil Bennett.

You can download a poster here to send to your friends who perhaps don’t read the blog

Download more info and an entry form here. All welcome, the more the merrier.

Finally, a reminder about golf etiquette. Our colleagues at Bloggovision have collected a few examples of the kind of behaviour we do NOT expect to see!
(You may have to wait a few seconds before you can get rid of the advert).
Thanks to Ted Banks for nominating this video

Monday Cricket Match – The Pilgrim’s revenge?

Last year’s match versus the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London, was a cliff hanger, with Horsington pulling off a well deserved victory against gallant opponents. That makes it 1-all, as they lost the previous year.

So who will win the decider in the third year of this  exciting annual competition on Monday June 4th ?

Horsington has a full team who have been practicing for weeks (Oh yeah? –Ed), and the Tabard Pilgrims are on fine form, having won their last 2 matches – or so they say, but their website is strangely silent about their last fixture on 27 May.

April rain and May sunshine have helped Rob Hoddinott prepare a stunning pitch.

First ball 2.30 Monday. Should be great spectator sport.

Meet the teams in the in the Half Moon afterwards. Usual food menu available.

Charlton Horethorne Point to Point – Sunday 11 March

The first (of 6) races is at 12.30. Entry £25 per car, single occupants £15.

Our financial editor has sent us a postcard (again!) with some advice we happily share with our readers.