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                 Family Business

Family Business was by no means a household name but he is definitely worth a mention because he was involved in what was one of the most bizarre races of all time.  Many of you may remember the race at Southwell on 23rd January 2002 but I shall tell you more about him before that race in a minute!  Family Business was a 1996 born chestnut gelding by Over the River and his dam was Morego.

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                    Cat's Eyes

Cat’s Eyes is another golden oldie from the 80’s.  A 1980 born bay gelding by Sparkler I his dam was call Le Chat.  He began life over hurdles in the care of I Campbell and at big odds he never troubled the judge in his first five outings.  He was dropped to selling company for his sixth start at Exeter in November 1984 and he gained his first victory and came straight back to Pond House after the race after MCP bought him at the auction.

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                 Run For Free

Run For Free was another fantastic stayer for Pond House in the late 80’s and 90’s.  He was a dual National winner, winning the Welsh and Scottish races in the same season.  He was a 1984 born son of Deep Run and his dam was called Credit Card.  He began his career in the care of Andy Turnell and made his racecourse debut in a novice hurdle at Sandown in February 1988.  He then had two more runs that season, finishing well beaten, before being turned away for the summer.

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                  Minella Four Star

Before I introduce today's former star of Pond House we have a special message for Andrew Jenn - Happy Birthday!  We hope you have a great day from Tom Scu, David, and everyone at Pond House!  We know you are a regular reader and a member of the David Pipe Racing Club so keep enjoying the racing and have fab birthday!
Minella Four Star deserves a special mention as although he was not at Pond House very long he was a Midlands National Winner and was part owned by David’s father-in-law Pete Green!  Pete is a regular reader of the website and actually does a lot of jobs around the yard, building,  maintaining and fixing as well as often accompanying David to the races – keeping him on the straight and narrow!

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                  Blowing Wind

Blowing Wind was a Pond House inmate that boasts an incredible career. His roll of honour includes wins in the Imperial Cup, Scottish Champion hurdle and he was a dual Cheltenham Festival winner, over hurdles and fences.  He is one of only three horses ever to complete to bonus of winning the Imperial Cup and then going on to win at race at the Festival just days later.  MCP and David are the only trainers ever to have ever achieved this feat with MCP doing it twice with Olympian and Blowing Wind and David doing it with Gaspara.  Blowing Wind also finished third twice in the Grand National, all this showcasing his immense talent at varying distances and disciplines.

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                      Lady Cricket

Lady Cricket was a phenomenal race mare who went onto be a wonderful broodmare as well.  She was a 1994 born daughter of Cricket Ball and her dam was Lady Mariza.  She began her career in France on the flat in March 1997 in the care of B Barbier finishing second to last on her debut.  She was switched to hurdles less than two weeks later and it was a much improved effort as she finished third.  She wasted no time in recording her first win over hurdles on her second attempt, winning at Auteuil on 13th April 1997.

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           Shell Crystal & her colt foal

We had some lovely news from our next door neighbours, Keith & Angela Prettejohn this week.  They had a nice surprise on Wednesday evening as they had a handsome colt foal born about 10pm.  They were both present at the birth and what a cute mum and baby they look to be in their first photo!  Shell Crystal used to be here at Pond House and is a first time mum.  The foal is by Keith's own stallion called Spillex Rosi who is a grandson of Sadler's Wells.  Exciting times for them and we would like to wish them all the best and look forward to hearing how mum and baby are getting on!

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