We look to carry on Georgia celebrations into September
Barbury has enjoyed a super August with winners under both codes, but Alan openly admits that none of them gave him more satisfaction and pride than than the first success under Rules for his 16-year-old daughter Georgia on Sula Island in the charity race at Epsom on Tuesday.
Run over the full Derby course and distance, which has found out the most experienced professional, the race, run in aid of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah’s Wilberry Wonder Pony Charity, resulted in “a dream come true” for Georgia, who, despite carrying four and a half stone of lead, looked far more relaxed than her father as she came from off the pace to sweep to victory on Sula Island.
Alan said:”Georgia has given Sula Island a lovely ride and didn’t panic, but what amazed me was how laid-back she was.
“She slept most of the way to Epsom and enjoyed a three-course lunch, whereas it was one of the most nerve-wracking races I have ever been involved in. I was so proud of Georgia, who is mad keen and has been riding out two or three lots a day.”
Georgia, who cut her teeth on the eventing circuit, will next week return to school for her A-levels and then take out an amateur riders’ licence next year.”
She said:”The race was over so quickly and my arms were dead at the end, but Sula Island, who was a bit difficult down at the start, travelled beautifully in the race and was cruising, so I had to let her go.”
Meanwhile, Alan looks to carry on the successful run of the stable into September, with Dunkerron, who runs in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown, and Top Tug, being aimed at the Listed race at Chester, entrusted into getting the yard off to a flying start to the month.
Alan was delighted how well Dunkerron ran to finish second to the smart Dark Vision when upped in class and distance for the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and in a select six-horse field which includes leading Derby fancy Too Darn Hot we ought to learn more again about Dunkerron.
Top Tug was also in action at Goodwood, and, though he found the company a bit hot in the G3 Glorious Stakes, the step back up to a mile and six furlongs on the Roodee should suit him.