Fer­gus makes re­turn to the sport of kings

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roundabout -

Prop­erty ty­coon Fer­gus Wil­son has bought two race horses from France.

The for­mer maths teacher and pro­fes­sional boxer has pur­chased the thor­ough­breds to com­pete in next year’s Chel­tenham Gold Cup and Grand Na­tional.

The 17-hand pur-sang anglais horses are named Kal­monto and Da­saint and their pur­chase comes as the mag­nate an­nounced if he is suc­cess­ful in next year’s po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner elec­tions, he will buy two 18-hand po­lice horses to visit pri­mary schools around the county.

The mil­lion­aire from Boughton Monchelsea, who to­gether with his wife Ju­dith owns hun­dreds of rented houses in the Ash­ford area, will add the pair to five-year-old North­ern Bay, which he bought for £7,000 last year.

Be­fore last year’s ac­qui­si­tion, Mr Wil­son had bowed out of the rac­ing world nine years ago af­ter his colt Maid­stone Mix­ture, de­scribed as “the worst race­horse in Derby history”, came last in the Ep­som Derby with book­ies hav­ing rated its chances at 1,000-1.

Pic­ture: Fer­gus and Ju­dith Wil­son

Ju­dith Wil­son with Maid­stone Mix­ture, which was once called the worst race­horse in Derby history

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