Barbury at lowest ebb as Alsa Mix suffers fatal injury at Ascot

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February 16

Exactly two years to the day since Alsa Mix was bought by Alan for £65,000 at the Tattersalls (Ireland) Cheltenham Sale, the mare tragically lost her life when crashing to the ground at the 11th fence in Saturday’s Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot.

Successful in a bumper, two hurdle races and a Listed chase, Alsa Mix, who also landed a point-to-point before she came to us, looked to have a bright future over fences, and all our sympathies go out to owner June Watts and everyone at Barbury.

Ironically, Alan had said in his Weekender column last Wednesday that he was going to doubly-declare Alsa Mix but preferred the entry against her own sex at Exeter today.

Sadly, Storm Dennis was always going to claim the Haldon fixture, so Alan switched Alsa Mix to Ascot, and the mare’s loss has left an empty feeling in the yard this morning.