Flakey had to stay at the stud where she had recently become pregnant, but that was no problem because Ernie had arranged with the manager for us to go and see her there.
It was a very special day for Tom - and Ernie and Helen have invited us back to see Flakey when she has returned to them.
Two months later Flakey
Dove won her own Champion Hurdle' at the end of the year she was fifth in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, a place ahead of Mysilv.
Hors la Loi and Alderbrook shortened on the basis of wins in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton; Make A Stand and Flakey
Dove following excellent runs in the Tote Gold Trophy, and Collier Bay thanks to a win in the Irish Champion Hurdle.
Price, whose brother Richard trained the now-17-year-old Flakey Dove to win the Champion Hurdle, previously assisted cousin Cecil, and has been in charge of eight horses since the beginning of March.
"This is unbelievable as I also led in Flakey Dove after she won the Champion Hurdle."
lThere is Tote Gold Trophy money for Flakey
Dove (Richard Price), who comes in from 16-1 to 10-1, and for Balasani (Martin Pipe),
The race has been won seven times by entires, but only twice by mares - Dawn Run (1984) and Flakey
First to win the Cheltenham hurdling showpiece was her dam, Flakey
Dove, in 1994.
One of the most respected jockeys of recent years, Dwyer is best remembered for winning Gold Cups on Forgive'N Forget and Jodami, as well as the Champion Hurdle on Flakey
First was the Tote Gold Trophy in 1994 at Newbury when, as a novice, we beat Oh So Risky a short head with Flakey
Dove back in third place.