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Race Night draws in the punters - Updated April 6th 2014
The Folly Grandstand was full to capacity on Friday night, (4th April) for the first running of the Farringdon Stakes Race Night, organised by the Farringdon Village Hall Social Group.
The Six Race Programme included a refreshment break organised by the Farringdon Curry Club catering department who had a full paddock of Poppadums standing by in the parade ring.
The Tote was manned by an army of volunteers eager to take the racegoer's cash, with the Farringdon Bookmaking Partnership, with Honest John paying out the winners and Jolly Roger in charge of the technology calculating the odds and payouts for the punters and owners.
Clerk of the Course, Horse Auctioneer and at various times, backup video screen for the evening, was none other than David Horton, who had a double role as he is one of the members of the aforementioned Farringdon Curry Club.
The meeting was well under way by the time your reporter arrived, the Curry break was imminent and the Curry Club members were on hand to dole out the rations to the hungry punters.
Refreshed and revitalised it was back to the racing, horses were auctioned and the tote opened to take the bets from the discerning punters.
The outside broadcast unit was operated by Robin Baumber Racecasting Services and as punters watched their horses in the parade ring, Debbie, Auctioneers Clerk for the evening, checked her ledger to make sure the owner had stumped up their fees.
They're running . . .and two fences from home . . . . . . .and it's all eyes on the first three.
. . .and the Winner is . . . spot the punters holding the winning tickets!
The Aprill Race Night proved to be a very successful first venture for the newly formed Village Hall Social Group, one can only hope the same degree of support will be forthcoming for their future events.
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