August 19th, 2008.
Ladbrokes Poker Two, the horse I have a share in via the Ladbrokes Poker site, has finally overcome her injury problems and had a run at Newmarket the other week.
I was fortunate to finish in the top 20 of the 80 runner qualifying tournament to go and see her race.
I managed to get to the hotel in about 3 1/2 hours and so a quick hour in the gym and I was all ready to go.
After a 30 minute wait for the leading shareholder to arrive due to traffic on the motorway, we were off.
The champagne was flowing and the food was lovely with LPT due to run in the last race.
Unfortunately it took until the 4th race for me to get my only winner so I was a couple of punds down on the betting but that more than paid for the free food and drink.
It was then time for Jeremy Noseda (the trainer) to come in and brief us all on the horse.
His view was that she should come in the top 4 but was only about 85% fit.
She ended up running 6 out of the 7 furlongs really easily and only got out done in the last few strides to finish 3rd.
Next race is in September at Doncaster where I expect her to win.
It was then back to the hotel where we had our poker game with a festival package to the Ladbrokes Irish Festival.
I ended up going out in 6th but not before picking up the $50 bounty for knocking Kate out of the tournament.
All in all it was a very good day and good to meet a few other Ladbrokes regulars like Shambaloo, MickJagger1, Kev100, Plymlegend, Breastknight etc.
Here is the write up on the Ladbrokes website.
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