''And they're under starter's orders and they're almost off!!''
The runners and riders for this fabulous event, all lined up at 7.30am, yesterday,
jockeying for positions, eager to get going!
At the front was 'Sal's Snippets' ...
Mr Snippets had whipped her well and truly so hard , as he raced like crazy
from Newton Abbot, to gain pole position!
But only just...
Because just behind them, came 'The Washerwoman', baring her teeth and
carrying a much heavier load, I hasten to add!
Jockey Jack was finding it hard to control her as they entered the stalls
and pulled alongside Old Snippets!
And then came that fabulous filly from the Bath stables, ' Mrs Cowboys '...LOL..
Her rider, Old Man Custard gnashed his teeth as he tried to control her
outbursts of excitement!
Oh, but you should have seen his swanky silks, yesterday!
Very fetching, luvvy! ;-)
Whoa man! ;-)
Sadly, it has to be said that it was not advisable to put a bet on
another young filly, 'Lucy Bloom' as she was feeling decidedly 'out of sorts' .
However, she managed to survive til the end ...just!
All bets on her were suspended but a pain killing injection
helped her endure!
Close behind that motley bunch, was the three year old,
'This 'n That'
Her jockey was definitely bursting with pride after his fantastic win
at Totnes , recently in the, ' Nostalgic Mix Stakes'.
A good bet, I'd say!
And then came, 'Hen's Teeth'!
Galloping up, to greet her old friends, she looked fresh and ready
for the long race! Her jockey was in splendid form,laughing and chuckling
whilst 'Hen's Teeth' whinnied with delight!
Not to be confused with 'Hen's Teeth' was...
Two hens in a race eh?!!
Her jockey sported a very vintage attire and he was holding a colourful
crocheted whip ; so he looked the part today!
And he had his stable lad with him!
But, I do think it was awfully unkind to make his filly wear blinkers!
Apparently, she likes to stray too much at these events so he keeps her on
a tight rein , if he can!!
(I can hardly contain myself whilst I am writing this!!)
Another runner was, 'Donna Flower' .
Champing at the bit, a well groomed runner,
she trotted around , daintily ; she could hardly contain herself either !
She soooo loves these get togethers, as does her mum,
who always accompanies her to these meetings,
to make sure that she gets a good start.
And then there was their mate, 'Woo'.
'Woo' had galloped a very long way , from east to west, in order to take part!
With her sleek, silky, purple mane, she looked simply stunning
and not at all tired out!!
Lining up behind them, was the agile 'Shabby Chick' from South Devon.
She's had plenty of experience, cantering around Newton Abbot
racecourse, early on many a Sunday morning!!
And here's where it gets interesting!!
Shabby's jockey, Barbara, is a lady jockey and a very experienced one at that!!
She keeps Shabby from straying from the straight and narrow so that Shabby
can concentrate on the job in hand!!
Quite right too!!
'Country Cottage Chic' was almost a non starter as her jockey had to
nip back home for 'supplies' but he managed to make it back in time .
'Country Cottage Chic' is a South African filly and
has attended quite a few of these events already, so she is no novice!
Go girl! Gee up!
Well, I could go on forever, couldn't I?
There were so many more runners taking part.
To call them the 'also rans' almost seems disrespectful
but that is not intended!
I just don't know every name!
And so it is that they lined up, under starters orders....
bang went the gun and off they went!
And whether it was meant to be or whether it was purely fate...
No-one fell at the first...
Or the second...
No-one fell at all! Not even Lucy Bloom!
Such staying power!!
(I mean, it was an eight hour race!!)
And they neighed and whinnied for the duration,
putting in a tremendous effort...
and doing themselves proud!!
So.. you might well ask...
Who was the winner?
It was a dead heat!
Everyone deserved to win!
However, a special thanks to 'Mrs Cowboys' and 'Mrs Country Cottage Chic'...
because as we all know, events like this don't just happen!
I hope you enjoyed my 'photo finish' of all the gorgeousness
at The Vintage and Handmade Fair.
(and my 'slightly different' take on it!!!!)
(Please note that photos of stalls do not all match up with the people mentioned!)
A grand day was had by all!
And if you had a flutter on the 'real' Grand National yesterday,
I hope you were lucky!
I was glad to get home for my well earned 'nap'!
Have a great rest of the weekend !
P.S. Mr Snippets did so well yesterday that when we got home,
I gave him extra oats!! LOL!