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A brace of braces for the Braces at the 2018 PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch

Photos courtesy & copyright John Beasley

Cartoons courtesy and copyright Darren Bird

It’s been an unforgettable season for South Wales & Monmouthshire owner-trainer David Brace and his grandson Connor who received a brace of awards apiece at this year’s PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch.  

Owner-trainer David has saddled 23 winners, 14 runner ups and 3 thirds from 68 runs, and his support for PPORA Club Members’ Races throughout the season saw him amass 103 points in the  Stratford Racecourse PPORA Champion Owner Award, a contest he led month on month throughout the season.  

A leading player amongst David’s campaign team for this season, Pink Eyed Pedro, is this year’s Champion in the PPORA National Young Horse Awards.  A 5 time winner this term, including thrice in Open company, the 7 year old gelding was sired by Dr Massini who stands at David’s Dunraven Stud.

Explaining how the horse acquired his unusual name David said  “When the foals are born we give them a stable name with the first letter of the mother’s name and his mother was called Poacher’s Paddy.  I’d just come back from Spain where are favourite bar is Pedro’s Bar so I said we’ll call him Pedro.  Then a guy who drives the tractor for me came back in and said “I don’t like that horse up there with the pink eyes”, I knew which one that was so I said “we’ll call him Pink Eyed Pedro”  He’s done us proud, they all have they’ve been a brilliant team.”  

Jessica Fortt, and Megan and Michaela Poacher accepted the  £1000 award cheque on behalf of David from Richard Fuller, chairman of the award’s sponsor The Point To Point Racing Company

It’s been a season to remember  for David’s grandson Connor too – he also collected 2 awards read about these and his future plans by clicking here click here to read more about this year’s Novice Rider Awards Winners.

 

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