Harness racing in the UK is very much a family sport and this is seen at its best with the Haythornthwaite family. The hard working family put their all into the sport and their efforts paid off with a weekend to remember with victories in three different countries.
The weekend started in Wolverhampton, England on Friday 16th August. Harness racing returned to the all-weather galloping track at Dunstall Park. Trainer Teresa Haythornthwaite rallied to get horses on the track not only for her husband Alan but also for her two sons Richard and James, who have both chosen to follow in the family trade of harness racing. It was Alan who made it in to the winners enclosure first with the five-year-old mare Shades of Grey.
Having seen how its done Richard soon followed with a win on Colonel Mustard, a horse who has come on immensely since joining the yard. Alan aboard Mahogany Fame had a hard fought battle to the line in race 7 and was awarded the victory in the photo finish.
We moved to Boughrood, Wales on Sunday. This time the one in the winners enclosure was Pam Haythornthwaite, sister to Alan. She steered Charlie Pan to victory in heat one of the mile and a quarter event to secure her place in the £2,000 final. He lined up as the odds on favourite in the final and proved too good for his opposition winning by four lengths.
Meanwhile James had made the trip to Portmarnock, Ireland. William Flannigan’s Meadowbranch Stables qualified five horses for the final and James got the call up on Meadowbranch Ash. The catch drive proved lucrative as his steered the three-year-old colt to victory in a surprise win.
by Kayleigh Evans
image by Graham Rees - Victory number one in the weekend to remember