'Celebrate Any Winner as If It Were Your Last' Turf Talk BRIAN LEE Interviews Mark Duthie
TO KICK off the New Year, we have racehorse owner Mark Duthie as our Turf Talk guest.
Mark lives at Penhow between Cardiff and Chepstow, where the Llangibby Hunt once held their annual point-to-point steeplechases.
He runs a haulage company and the first racehorse he ever owned was Captain Gibson, which gave him his first success in 2000.
Since then, Mark has cheered home around 30 winners and these include Sir Benfro, Rendl Beach, Tenby Jewel, Crannagh Boy and Castle Beach.
He's had horses in training with Rebecca Curtis, Keith Goldsworthy, David Evans and Dominic Ffrench Davis.
Q Where and when were you born? ANewport, Gwent, in 1965.
Q How did you become interested in horse racing? A My parents used to take me point-to-pointing when I was growing up and I was hooked from then on.
Q Which are your two favourite racecourses? A Chepstow used to be a great favourite of mine but now I'll plump for Ffos Las and Cheltenham.
Q Most exciting racing moment? A There have been quite a few. Aviso winning in Guernsey last summer, Thenford Flyer jumping the last in front at Cheltenham, Putney Bridge finishing a close second in the PS60,000 Summer Plate at Market Rasen and my very first winner Captain Gibson.
Q What was the last book you read? A National Hunt jockey Paul Carberry's autobiography.
Q Who is your favourite author? A No one in particular, I tend to read autobiographies.
Q Who are your favourite singers? AI like any good driving music.
Q Do you have any pet hates? A Too many to mention and I don't like seeing racegoers walking around the racecourse drinking pints of beer. …