Those with memories as long as mine will remember Drakestone
, which gave Reg his first win under rules at Chepstow, while Space Project and Purple Heather were two other useful horses Reg trained.
Brown believes Tiptronic could give him as much pleasure as stalwarts Ruststone, Drakestone
and Space Project, and he was quick to congratulate his grandson John, who partnered Ruststone to 13 successes and found Triptronic in France.
The last two chapters, on gardens in America (Tankard teaches at Harvard), contain a great deal of valuable information and new insight, but the author is also illuminating on more well-trodden ground--on lesser-known Cotswold gardens, such as Drakestone
and Cotswold Farm; in brisk yet superbly weighted summaries of the garden work of Voysey, Mallows and Clough Williams-Ellis; and with the best description yet of William Robinson's Gravetye Manor (on which she wrote in APOLLO in April).
The partnership is also working to develop a circular walk incorporating Harbottle Castle, Drakestone
and the Millstone Quarry, together with Northumberland National Park Rangers, the Wildlife Trust, English Nature and the Ministry of Defence.
We reach the fantastic viewpoint through 240 degrees that is Drakestone
Generations of children have made their way along the roads to the school, which clings to the valley side below Drakestone
- the massive sandstone block which looms over Harbottle.
Best finish of the day saw Drakestone
get up close home to edge out Hamadeenah in the two-mile handicap hurdle.
FORECAST: 6-1 Doukash, 7-1 Soldiered Again, 8-1 Drakestone
, 10-1 Henry Island, Veneguera, Rudi's Pleasure, 12-1 Darakshan, Dominikus, Sharon's Touch, 14-1 others.
There was another popular local victory in the selling hurdle when Drakestone
smoothly obliged for Abergavenny trainer Reg Brown.
This will not take a great deal of winning - the top-weight, Drakestone
, could win only a claimer last season - but it still looks tricky.
He has had his moments and the useful Drakestone
won 13 races for him, including the Welsh Grand Annual three times-a race that evolved into the Welsh Champion Hurdle.
nWarren Marston was seen to excellent effect in the handicap hurdle when driving Drakestone
to a pillar-to-post defeat of Be In Space.