GCA AGM and Race Day 2012
11th October 2012
Worcester Race Track was the beautiful waterside setting for the GCA’s “Ladies Race Day” and the Annual General Meeting. The AGM was quicker than a Jimmy Savile appreciation day; -“Now then, Now then! Our new chairman Keith Shepherd of J A Harrison summarised the year’s events. There was the technical visit to a GCA member company; Global Cutting, the golf event at the Celtic Manor, and the “Ladies Race Day”.
Paul Neale from the GCA secretariat ran through the accounts and had indicated that money had “come in” and that money had “gone out” and that we had a little bit left to “do things with.”
Keith Shepherd thanked the retiring chairman, Max Rowland for his tenure ship of the Association for too many years to remember. Unfortunately due to business commitments Max was unable to attend at the last moment, however I am sure that it would have been a highly emotional speech as Max gave his heart and soul and was committed to the success of the Association. He will be missed and we all owe him a great deal of thanks.
Jill Kirk of J Flex has retired from the committee and the chairman also thanked her for her input over the years.
New committee members Darren Mortiboy, (Garlock) and Mark Ambrose (Lone Star) were proposed and seconded and voted onto the committee. (More news on our two new committee members appear later in this issue.)
The meeting was closed and we got down to the serious stuff; - eating! We were well served with an assortment of meat, fish and vegetables, washed down with copious supplies of wine which flowed till the 5.30 closure (Hic!).
We had the benefit of the course tipster, Roger Hart, to advise us on the horses and those that would do well. Obviously these tips were based on “The Going”, “The Jockey”, “The Owner” “Previous Form”, “The Stable Lass”, “A Bucket of Oats”, “Wind Direction”, “The Mafia” but, mainly gullibility!
As the day progressed the “going “ turned from “Soft” to “Somme”;- the rain and previous races made the course somewhat muddy and even a JCB would have been in difficulty.
The races were rather mixed, one race was for novice horses that had never run before, and another race was for novice jockey’s that hadn’t ridden before! Some races were on the flat the others over sticks. Very confusing!
The racing highlight of the day was race 6; - The EBF J A Harrison Gasket, Seals and PTFE Novice Hurdle. The race was won by a horse called Thomas Crapper! I am not going to say anymore; - J A Harrison and the word “crap” surely should not be in the same sentence!
The day was a sell out and we had to decline some late bookings. There certainly were a lot of ladies in their finery, which really was what the day was about; - a thank you to our wives and lady employees. Next year a larger venue will be booked.