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    4 March 2019

    Birthday boy Brian receiving his cake

    Brian Thomas receiving his Fedora birthday cake!

    HUNTINGDON hospitality in March has become a regular fixture in the Solario Racing calendar and another great day out was had yesterday by owners, especially for one birthday boy!

    The weather may have turned colder and wetter after a balmy 20 degrees earlier in the week but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of Solario Racing owners including Brian Thomas who decided to celebrate his birthday with fellow owners in the Peterborough Chase Restaurant.

    Proceedings began with champagne aplenty and then it was down to the serious business of choosing horses for the Solario Racing tipster competition!  The seven race card looked as though it wouldn’t throw up too many shocks with the going being good and the field sizes erring on the small.  So it proved with four favourites and one second favourite obliging.

    Ferrobin leads the field in the first race

    Eventual winner, Ferrobin leads the field in the opener

    The à la carte menu as ever, offered something for everyone and the three course meal accompanied by wine was followed by afternoon cream tea but with a rather unusual birthday cake!  A certain Racing Manager had recently declared to Dean Ivory that if the handicapper dropped Spring Romance after his second at Lingfield on 16th February, he would eat his hat!  (Echoes of Paddy Ashdown threatening to eat his hat on 2015 Election night?)

    Well, the handicapper did drop “Neville” a pound!  The Racing Manager duly had a special birthday cake made in the shape of a black Fedora and he had to agree the superb black icing tasted a lot better than felt or wool!

    Huntingdon hospitality for the birthday day also included awarding the Best Turned Out (to Rahmah) and the trophy to winning connections of the fourth race on the card, the two mile handicap hurdle which went to Dyliev.

    As for the tipster competition, the birthday boy shared first prize in a three-way tie but it was decided by his fellow winners that he should have the pot.  Very graciously, Brian handed the money back to go to the Hospice Of St Francis, the main charity supported by Solario Racing.  So, the Hospice was £100 better off, a good day was had by all and Brian didn’t seem to mind too much being another year older!