Sunday visit, March 1st

PackIt In - Morning On The Gallops - 1st March 2015

The C3 Racing Partnership is a newly set up syndicate which compromises of students and their parents from C3 house at Marlborough College. Last Sunday we welcomed all the members and their families for a morning at Manton to have a chance to meet ‘Pack It In’ and see him in action on the gallops.  

After gathering in the warm up/trotting ring, the details about his fellow gallop companions were revealed.  In the first group we had the mighty Faithful Creek, fresh from his keeping-on fifth in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in Santa Anita, prepping for a tilt at the Group One UAE Derby in Meydan in a few weeks.  Victoriously and Mustadeem completed the first group, the latter of these will be preparing for an attempt at a 2000 Guineas trial after impressing in his maiden win last year.  The middle pairing consisted of the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Tagrheeb and Mutarakez, two very unexposed and undoubtedly promising types for 2015. Pack It In was accompanied by an unnamed colt by Equiano, both looking settled and experienced.

After making our way across to the famous Manton Estate gallops, we watched all seven of the smart horses canter past, obviously paying extra attention to the well-moving Big Bad Bob that will be occupying and hopefully fulfilling the dreams of his new owners!  Frank, Brian’s son and member of C3 House, was the chosen jockey on board of Pack It In, his first ride in many months, but he displayed professionalism echoing that of the horse underneath him.

Further discussions back at the office with some champagne, set out a rough plan and answered any other questions, along with another show of the horse.  After some explanations of the pedigree and consequential realisation of his relation to recent 1000 Guineas winner Miss France, there are a few owners dreaming of Guineas glory for 2016.  Big Bad Bob fever has been spreading over the past few years, and the hats from the Irish National Stud bearing his name, were very well received.

As the owners all left with an open invitation to return at any time, there was a definite buzz and excitement about the year ahead.