With the likes of State Of Rest, Dramatised and Saffron Beach all impressing the World Pool Moment of the Day judges on day two of Royal Ascot, picking a winner was tough.
But when striking grey Dark Shift romped home in the Royal Hunt Cup for the Charlie Hills team, there was one man who had to be given a special congratulations – Reg Todd.
After 60 years of working in racing, including over 30 as a groom at Hills’ yard, Reg had never led up a Royal Ascot winner, but Dark Shift put an emotional end to all of that:
“I’ve been working in racing since 1959, so to finally have a Royal Ascot winner over 60 years later feels good. I feel very proud. I love working with horses, it’s my life.”
Reg and the whole Hills team will now be entered into the draw for the £34,000 World Pool Moment of the Year.
Red Todd, groom of Royal Hunt Cup winner DARK SHIFT, receiving the World Pool Moment of the Day prize.