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Hunt racer who treats horses is in demand as a steward.

Byline: turf talk Brian Lee

CARMARTHENSHIRE'S Patricia (Paddy) Davies is an animal spinal therapist.

And she says that meeting people from all walks of life and treating all breeds of horses with skeletal problems gives her complete job satisfaction.

When she is not working, she is in demand as a British Horse Racing steward and officiates at Ffos Las, Chepstow and at local point-topoints.

Her late father Henry Blake was a well-known point-to-point rider who gained success on horses such as Prince Haven 11 and Cefn Soloman.

He was also a best-selling author and his three books, Talking With Horses, Thinking With Horses and Horse Sense, were published in many countries.

Paddy has owned, trained and ridden point-to-pointers.

And back in the 1970s, riding Iantella at the hunt-race at the Carmarthenshire, she beat her father who was on Arctic Watch.

She has two daughters and one of them, Maria, who works for BBC Wales, is making a name for herself as a hunt-racing reporter.

Q: Where and when were you born? A: I was born and educated in Cork in Ireland.

Q: How did you become involved in horseracing? A: Both my parents rode in point-topoints.

My father Henry Blake rode Iantella in the 1972 Aintree Foxhunters and they finished sixth behind John Lawrence, better known as the late Lord Oaksey.

Q: What was your most exciting racing moment? A: Beating my father in a point-topoint race. Q What is your favourite sport outside of racing? A: Rugby. I support Munster and Ireland.

Q: Name your two favourite racecourses? A: Aintree and Cheltenham.

Q: What was the last book you read? A: Henry Ceci - Trainer of Genius by Brough Scott.

Q: Who is your favourite author? A: No particular favourite, I enjoy racing autobiographies. Q: Who is your favourite singer? A: Meat Loaf.

Q: Do you have any pet hates? A: The use of drugs in sport. Q: What is the best advice you have ever received? A: Treat others as you would have them treat you.

Q: What is your favourite drink? A: A glass of port.

Q: What is your favourite television programme? A: Strictly Come Dancing. Q: Who do you admire most in racing? A: The wives and partners of trainers. Q: Which two people would you like to be seated next to at a dinner party? A: Tennis player John McEnroe and National Hunt jockey Paul Carberry. Q: Tell us something about yourself that we probably don't know? A: I hate to be disorganised.

Meanwhile, Congratulations to Welsh jockey David Probert on winning the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot on the Andrew Balding-trained Born In Bombay. David from Bargoed rides Magic Artist in the Deutshes Derby at Hamburg this month. | You can email your news/views |to Brian Lee at brianlee4@virginmedia.com

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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