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Fond memories of fantastic Fra Mau; LETTERS.

HAVING enjoyed David Ashforth's musing on January 12, I would like to answer one of his questions: "Who is Lady Susan Brooke, who has been training for years and ran a horse called Raduis Bleu at Chepstow last Saturday?" In the 1980s, I owned and managed a licensed betting office in Shaw Cross, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire - Whirly's, by name.

We had only Extel commentaries in those days and I kept hearing a horse mentioned who caught my attention; a mare called Fra Mau, trained by Miss Susan Griffiths (jockey E Brooke, 4lb) at Presteigne Powys.

Far Mau intrigued me so much I decided she would win races and started backing her - an inspired move.

In 1982, Fra Mau won races at Stratford, and Worcester (twice) - all handicap hurdles on softish ground - with PS50 each-way at 16-1, PS100 each-way at 9-4 and PS220 each-way at 6-1. The last time Fra Mau ran was in a novice chase (lost PS5,000), in which she was tailed off.

Miss S Griffiths proved with Fra Mau what a good trainer she was. Susan Griffiths became Lady Susan Brooke and over the years has saddled plenty of hunter chasers.

In those good old days before Betfair and FOBT madness, Fra Mau was more exciting to me than Frankel and Kauto Star rolled into one.

Thank you Lady Brooke (and David Ashforth).

Peter 'Whirly' Worswick Mirfield West Yorkshire
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2013
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