Happy Chappy wins the Marathon!
The Happy Chappy won the marathon (3 mile 4 1/2 furlong) steeplechase at Plumpton on 16 November. The ground was officially described as heavy and it was a difficult decision to run as he has generally not enjoyed soft ground but we felt that if he had a chance to feel that he could dominate the field in slower ground he would enjoy himself and he certainly did so. Brilliantly ridden by Sean Bowen, Happy Chappy jumped and travelled really well and improved noticeably through the race to win by a distance with a beautiful leap at the last. We are so pleased for the owners, Liz Reid and Bob Britton, who have been patient with THC’s frustrating behaviour in the past! – but it should be noted that he has now been placed in 5 of his 6 runs since July, when he returned from his holiday (a win, two seconds and two fourths). Could he possibly have turned a new leaf?!
Some great photographs courtesy of Steve Davies of www.sdphotos.co.uk