General Club Noticeboard : RACE NIGHT AT LEEK GOLF CLUB

Saturday 25th April 2015

There was non-stop excitement when a Race Night experience came to our clubhouse on Saturday night.

Mike Andrews had arranged for ‘host with the most’ Anthony Knight to be the announcer of all eight races to be run on the night, culminating in a frenzy of activity and light-hearted banter throughout the proceedings.

With races pre-sponsored at £10 each, and horse owners paying the princely sum of £2 to enter their nags, all it was left to do was for the ‘punters’ to actually bet on the outcome at £1 per time.

The owner of each winning horse was to be given a quality bottle of wine.

There were certainly famous personalities present on the night-amongst the nouveau riche were Lord and Lady Gallimore, the Duke and Duchess of Rogula, Baron and Baroness Brindley from Meir Heath, Sir David of Endon and wife Marilyn, ably supported by the hoi polloi in the form of families Nixon, Robinson, Baxter, Weir, Povey and Andrews. Jake and Audrey added to the numbers. 

Beth Andrews and Callum Nixon ran the tote desk, taking wagers from the above punters, and once the odds had been fixed each race was picked at random. Thanks for them for their particular hard work. Anthony enthusiastically commentated for all his worth, until the winner crossed the line. 

1st Race Winners

Jen Cordon started the night off with what became the biggest individual win on the night, but for confidentiality (and HM Revenue and Customs reasons) the amount cannot be disclosed. Suffice it to say she’s booked an extravagant holiday to the USA later this year! 

Sometimes there was a photo-finish, which heightened the excitement, but the judge’s decision was final.

The results were as follows:

Race Number     Winner Horse Name              Horse Owner

  1.                    Yasser I Khan Bhuggi              Andy Baxter
  2.                    Pole Rider                                Angelo Bobbera
  3.                    Hairy Clairy                              Claire Robinson
  4.                    Izzy Wizzy                                Claire Robinson
  5.                    In First Place                            Greg Rogula
  6.                    Beff’s Beauty                            Caroline Beff
  7.                    Nag’s Head Neil                       Neil Shenton
  8.                    Stick to the Irons                      Clive Andrews

Claire Robinson won the ‘jammy dodger of the day’ award for owning horses for two of the races, and Pete Nixon took the honours by winning the Lady Captain’s Charity 1½ litre bottle of bubbly, earning £96 in the process for Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. 

Thanks must be expressed to Mike and Jayne Andrews for their unstinting work in setting up the evening, which was a great success for all concerned.


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