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The Fashion Show, ah, sorry, Horse Soundness Test started bright and early.
There was disappointing news with the withdrawals of Clifton Promise (10th overnight), Briarlands Matilda (19th), Willy Do (27th) and Lebowski (55th), who was sore from an overreach.
The Ground Jury passed all the horses who were presented.
A couple didn’t look quite perfect to onlookers, but that is to be expected after a gruelling day yesterday.
That’s the important bit out of the way. And now to the really important bit, the outfits!
The usual parade of smart suits (Jock Paget’s was very nice) and splashes of tweed commenced, with the occasional real jazzy top to liven things up. Ingrid Klimke went for a very bright red long coat, and Nicola Wilson’s beautifully shaped pale silk jacket and Gemma Tattersalls’ elegantly cut tweed were highlights for me. Emily Llewellyn’s curved, mismatched tweed jacket was unusual and eyecatching.
Toddy, who was described as ‘looking as if he’d got dressed in the dark’ by someone on Wednesday, was a vision of toning colours.
Paul Tapner was again very dapper in his very smart red trousers, red bow tie, and blue Timothy Foxx tweed jacket with red lining.
For the “Who looked best” competition, I would nominate, for the ladies, Emily Llewellyn and Charlotte Agnew, and for the Gentlemen, Mark Todd and Jock Paget, this time, since Paul Tapner and Ben Hobday got all the attention on Wednesday.
Any other suggestions welcome!
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