Cheltenham Festival 2014: Gold Cup Day – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle.

Thomas Crapper Horse

How many of us would have dared to dream that Thomas would one day be racing at the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup Day?

One could not help having a feeling of immense pride to see Thomas at such a prestigious event. Needless to say, the emotions were running high in anticipation of the 4:40 race, but nowhere near as high as watching Thomas’s charge up the hill for the final furlongs of the race, being ‘pipped’ into second place by less than a horse length.

It would have been lovely to be first, however second is very respectable, especially when one considers the company on the day.

An amazing day for us all, much of it thanks to the jockey of the day; Mr. Joe Palmowski. Employed at Robin Dickin’s, Joe rides Thomas out most days and was given the chance to race him at Cheltenham, under the gracious, watchful eye of Charlie Post, who is normally in the saddle. A great result for Joe and a tear-jerking moment for his mum and dad who had come along to support him.

The final ‘icing on the cake’ for the day was Miss Paige Jeffrey receiving a prize for the best turned out horse.