A day’s racing ended in disaster for three brothers when a priceless and sentimental gift was lost.
Bob Southgate, of Towcester, and his two brothers Albie and John enjoy an annual trip to Towcester racecourse, booking the same table to reminisce and remember their late father and two brothers who have also passed away.
Each year Bob creates a surprise gift for his older brothers. One year it was a signed racecard. This year he created a unique card featuring AP McCoy after his 4,000th winner at Towcester. Bob had met AP at the track and asked him to sign the cards. He then spent four months sending the cards to 26 different stables around the UK, collecting trainers’ signatures.
Bob’s presentation of the cards was a highlight of the brothers’ trip to last Thursday’s race meeting.
Bob explained: “I always give them something when they come up to Towcester, to give them something to remember the day.”
Sadly, John mislaid his commemorative card some time between leaving the racecourse restaurant and arriving home. Bob was so distraught about the loss of the card he even hunted through bags of rubbish to find it.
He said: “John was upset about it because it is a one-off. He knows that I put quite a bit of time into putting it together. It has upset me as much as him. It would mean a great deal to me if I could get it back because it was a one-off.”
Following a phone call from the Advertiser, AP promised to send a new signed photograph and racecard from his 4,000th win to John.
If you have picked up the card, call Bob on 01327 351022.
Kevin Ackerman, CEO of Towcester racecourse, said: “We were very sorry to hear that his brother’s card was lost, after all the effort Mr Southgate had put into collecting the signatures. We will be pleased to assist him should he wish to produce another.”