August 1964, The Place – Presatyne Raceway, North Wales.
The first 2YO Futurity with the introduction of an in-transit stallion, Newport Chief (Chief Abbedale/Homegirl) coming from the USA to quarantine before travelling on to Australia.
The Futurity heats took place on 28th July and 1st August with the first heat being won by Moorside Chief (Newport Chief/Melody Girl), owned by Edmond Dodds, trained by Ian Pimlott, and driven by Jim Pickard in a time of 2.21.2, with the betting at 1/5. The second heat was won by Ellen Mary (Newport Chief/Star Lady), owned and trained by George Dodds and driven by Jim Pickard in a time of 2.20.2, with the betting odds 5/2.
The final looked like a foregone conclusion for the handsome jet black son of Newport Chief, Moorside Chief who was 1/3. As the 2 year olds began to approach the gate, Moorside Chief was reluctant to start with Edmond having to chase him up to the gate. He eventually started but had lost a lot of ground, finishing 4th with Ellen Mary winning in 2.16.2 at odds of 6/1, driven by Clem Dodds. The first 4 over the line were all sired by Newport Chief. The total purse was £220 with the winner receiving £150 (equivalent in todays money £3,240).
Fast forward 28th August 2021 at Tir Prince Raceway, North Wales…
History Was Made
The track record was broken by Rhyds Scoundrel (See and Ski/Rhyds Hasty Affair) in 1.59.9Owned and trained by Patrick Kane Snr, and driven by Patrick Kane Jr, with price money of £6,000 to the winner.
History Will Be Made…
27th August 2022 by the best crop of homebred horses from UK & Ireland so far.
Don’t miss this one. There is nothing like being on hand to watch history being made.
CEO David Wilson