A report from Michael:
What an evening - drama, excitement, disappointment, wild celebration and best of all Great Fun had by all!! And, of course to round the evening off, 40,000 ft raised for the Orphanage at Göd….increase of 5K over published total thanks to new sponsor!
So, a great thanks to all those who came to our First Horse Racing night whether you won or lost (and most managed both!), forgot to place your bet on the winning horse because you missed the last call or just plain too excited to remember or just came with the intention of enjoying the evening propping up the bar and "punter watching" - although if any of you did, the "good" intentions were obviously soon lost!
Our Bookmaker (not too Honest Bob) sent his team and what a fantastic job they did - Jeremy selling tickets, Maggie, Tomoko and Ida behind the counter dealing with the punters - taking bets,updating the "tote" display after each bet,paying out, answering questions, soothing frayed nerves, keeping calm under the pressure from the deluge of winning punters immediately after the races finished….
And who will forget the crescendo of noise from the punters' shouts and screams of encouragement to their horses as the finishing post rapidly came in sight - and shouts of joy and disappointment as many a leading horse was beaten at the post…..
The race cards and races could be seen from all over the clubhouse area - shown on all the tv screens and on the two Big Screens, smoothly (?) managed by Chris and Michael……..
Last but not least many thanks to our Sponsors - Richard Holmes from Gerrards; David Hall, British Pantry; Tim Child, Little Britain Services; Stuart McAlister, ExpatsHungary and Inter Relocation; Alan Rees, MPI luxury flats; Mark Rimmell and to Champs (Jessy, Judit and the Staff) for printing the table mat race cards and keeping us well served as usual!
Phew! Well, there's no doubt we will have to do that again….
Michael on behalf of the Committee