Thompson, also co owner of the champion horse, Mr Big Pepe, made it clear that, although his horse had been beaten in the Easter races, he had “retuned the engine” and that Pepe was going to leave the competition by a wide margin.
“Don’t start me up you know — or you gine can’t get me stop you know,” he said using a Prime Minister Douglas imitation voice.
“I have already taken my pressure tablets,” he exclaimed, much to the amusement of the huge crowd.
As it turned out, he did not need to resort to the pressure tablets again, as Mr Big Pepe, ridden by the experienced Brem Liburd, left the competition in the dust by a couple of horse lengths. Thompson, trainer Hawk and the entire support crew celebrated in grand style.
The race meet got off to a late start and the jockeys in the first race of the day served to frustrate the spectators by adding a number of false starts to the delay.
However, the races were generally competitive, even though the final race came down to only two horses: Obama and Shaken Shaye, with the “presidential” horse winning by a handsome margin in fading light.
Summary of results:
All Eyes On Me
Mr Big Pepe
The next race meet is scheduled for Sunday August 11 and all of the top horses are expected back on the track again.