SPRING ROMANCE owners gathered yesterday morning at Harper Lodge Farm to enjoy a chance to catch up and enjoy some champagne hospitality which always seems to go down well.
To say it’s been a difficult year for Owners throughout the country would be an understatement. The turf season didn’t begin at Doncaster in March as it usually does as Covid-19 struck and there was no racing of any description until June 1st. Owners were only allowed back on July 4th and then it was restricted to just two people. Hospitality was on the whole generally quite basic while Owners had to stay segregated in their own area with no access to the paddock to meet trainer and jockey.
While numbers of Owners have gradually increased and some courses such as Ascot and Newmarket have made a great effort to put on as good a show as possible for those who fund the sport, it’s not been the Ownership experience we are used to and expect.
For the Solario Racing (Berkhamsted) Owners, they’ve also had to endure watching their 5yo five-times winning “Neville” rather lose his way this season with some below par performances.
So, it was time to get everyone together, socially distancing of course, see “Neville” on the gallops and enjoy plenty of Champagne!
The weather was glorious as Owners rolled up at 10.30am and temperatures taken, it was time for mid-morning coffees and teas before everyone drove up to the gallops to see 3rd Lot. Spring Romance has always been something of a poser and he decided to play to the gallery and put in a good piece of work under Sophie Ralston for his public.
It was then time for Champagne corks to pop and sausages to be served as Owners basked in 21 degrees plus sunshine, catching up with each other and Dean Ivory on what has clearly been a strange year. Morning became afternoon and it was around 2 o’clock before Owners made their way home, which for some was as far away as Nottinghamshire.
A good day was had by all, capped by the only stable runner, Yimou, running a great race to be third at 25/1 in the Portland Handicap!