The brethren of Kingsway Lodge No 7870 and their guests enjoy another excellent ‘night at the races’ at Widnes Masonic Hall. With six races on the card plus two extra bonus races being declared, there was plenty of opportunity for the punters to lay their bets. It is believed that the going was good to firm.
Race one was almost a no contest as ‘Oatcake’ owned by Alan Tittensor blew the rest of the field apart, streaking to victory with no challenger in sight. A more even race in the second saw ‘Bertie’ win a well contested race by two lengths for owner Derek Jones.
The third was another closely fought sprint with ‘Ey up’ owned by Stephen Day win by a head from ‘Glasgow Kielty’ with ‘Ruby Roo3’ also putting up a challenge.
In race four, the stakes were high as the punters seemed to up the stakes. ‘Monkey Jones’ was a clear winner for Derek Jones (again!!) with the bookies paying out £10 per winning ticket! ’Jack of all trades’ won by a head from ‘Billy no mates’ in another close finish for race five, to the delight of owner Jack Thompson who is pictured celebrating his prize win.
The excitement was palpable at the finish of race six as ‘Ruby Roo 2’ won by a nose for Ian Lynch from ‘This is the one’ and ‘Pikelet’ which could not be split for second place.
Following race six, the demand for more was such that two bonus races were declared. Race seven was won by Ian Rowan’s horse ‘Weight force’ which put in a strong finish from two furlongs out to win with clear daylight from the rest of the field.
Race eight turned out to be a family affair with ‘Pip squeak’ the eventual winner for Seb Smith, beating his sister Piper’s horse, ‘Clover’ into second place in a race where they both outclassed the rest of the field.
A total of £242 was raised for charity at the event and huge thanks go to the brethren of Kingsway Lodge for arranging the event. Another special thank you also goes to our dice throwers on the evening, without whom the horses would have been stood still! Seb and Piper Smith, along with Amelia Flanaghan, the stars of the night.
The race meeting was such a success that it is very likely that another race meeting will possibly be planned for early 2018. Brethren, please come along with your family and show your support.