‘A FREAK ACCIDENT’
IF any trainer had been in need of a lift over the weekend, it was Anthony Honeyball. The Dorset rising star had been due to tune up his RSA Chase hope Fountains Windfall at Warwick only to lose his seventime winner in a freak accident on the eve of the race.
“We were just doing a bit of light schooling and Jabeena Maslin, who is a bit of a local legend from showjumping, came to help,” said Honeyball, who runs Potwell Farm Stables with wife Rachael Green. “He was fine the first time and the second time he basically slipped to the floor and was dead. There’s not much you can do about that. It turned out he had massive internal bleeding. I said to a vet that if we’d trotted him up an hour earlier, I’m sure he’d have been absolutely fine. It’s such as shame; I’m a glass half-empty person but there was absolutely nothing to concern you about going to Cheltenham, I’d have been very confident.”
The disappointment was leavened somewhat by the performance of Acey Milan (pictured), who took Newbury’s Listed bumper by 11 lengths.
The gelding carries the colours of the Owners 4 Owners syndicate and with one member, Paul Davies, already a viral sensation after his celebrations from Acey Milan’s win at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, there could be some memorable scenes if he were to follow up in March.