Stratford was a rewarding day for Lisa Deymonaz's family as Pierre
rode three winners and her parents Jim and Jo Kippen had a double.
The four-year-old Bengaliya, a tall striking-looking filly
trained by Jennie Candlish, won the first race in a close finish
with SA Another Sam ridden by Wendy Parkin. Based at Stonehill
Arabian Stud in East Sussex, Wendy breeds and trains her own horses
for racing. She booked Pierre to ride SA Arc En Ciel for
her in the 0-40 six furlong race and in another exciting finish
this Merlin al Maury colt was able to keep ahead of Muhannad
who came with a fast finish under Brian Boulton. Pierre made all
to achieve his treble on Bibi Royale in the 0-70 sprint,
to give a first and last race double to trainer Jennie Candlish.
"Bibi was feeling well this week," explained Jennie,
"He is fast and sustained his speed throughout the race."
Elizabeth Maclean had a wonderful day with a double as owner/breeder,
"An incredible day," she enthused, "Razif is such
a wonderful character, a clever old man, he just stands still
while he is plaited and has his toe nails painted ready for the
race. This will buoy us all up going home." It is always
a pleasure to speak to Elizabeth, as she is so enthusiastic about
her horses. Joy Maclean is equally passionate about racing and
has her horses ready for the job; Rawen and Razif
won the GB Bred Champion Stakes and the Penn Wood Challenge Stakes
respectively, while her Anglo runners took the placings behind
El Sabio in the C.M. Cole AA/PB Champion Stakes. Arctic
Fire and Arctic Gold couldn't get ahead of Annette
Masterson's impressive stallion after a scorching gallop set by
Petrova Princess made it a true run race.
The popularity of the Anglo for racing allows two races at several
meetings this year, with Claire Ward's homebred Tamagotchi
beating Sugar Dandy by half a length in a thrilling finish
in the AA/PB Maiden. Claire explained the story behind Tamagotchi's
name, "In 1997, the year he was born I was really stuck for
a name, my niece and nephew came to stay during the summer and
at the time were into these cyber-pet gadgets. My niece, Helen,
who was 5, said 'Call him Tamagotchi.' When I asked her what it
meant, she replied 'Cute Little Egg.' He is the fourth generation
I have bred from the same mare. It all started 10 years ago when
I spoke to Lesley Dunn about what to do with an eventing mare
that was 25% Arab, she suggested breeding for racing."
The Phantom 0-60 Sweepstakes went to another homebred, Sabez,
for Pat and John Stroud. "We've still got 'mum', over 30
years old, and 'dad', who wins at shows and dressage, at home,"
Pat explained. John was delighted with Sabez as it was the horse's
second win in 7 days and the six-pound penalty for winning hadn't
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