Brian's blast from the past.
IN MY Welsh horse racing column in the Echo on November 20, 1995, under the heading "Cardiff owner's Doncaster delight", I reported: Cardiff racehorse owner Howard Collis and his wife Olga were at Doncaster to see their Capilano Princess land the Wembley Nursery Handicap.
Ridden by Allan Mackay, Capilano Princess, a 10-1 chance, ran on strongly in the last furlong to score by one and three quarter lengths from Double Diamond.
Capilano Princess is trained by Derek Haydn-Jones near Pontypridd.
Howard, who has owned horses for many years, said: "Capilano Princess was bred by my wife and we are delighted with her win. In 1971 Howard's King Shoon won the Ladbrook Hurdle at odds of 50-1."
My column went on to report that Cowbridge's Bryn Palling won his first listed race with Carranita and that Rudry's Pip Jones won the selling handicap hurdle at Sedgefield on Balzino where Pembrokeshire's Peter Bowen's 800-mile trip to the course paid off when his Iffee won there for the third time in as many starts.
I also congratulated point-topoint rider Willie Pugh on his marriage to Coychuch's Rachel Simmons.