THE HISTORY OF

Ditcheat Thoroughbreds’ Colours

  • Larbawn wins first Whitbread Gold Cup

    The violet and white check syndicate colours which will be carried on runners owned by the recently formed Ditcheat Thoroughbreds have a long and rich heritage.

    They were originally registered by Michael Marsh, a permit holder who famously owned and trained Larbawn to win successive victories in the Whitbread Gold Cup in 1968 and 1969.

  • Larbawn wins second Whitbread Gold Cup

  • Our trainer Paul Nicholls wore Michael Marsh’s colours many times while stable jockey for Barons and remembers Marsh with great affection.

    Mr Marsh was without doubt one of the nicest men in racing. He gave me a chance on Broadheath one day at Chepstow, and when he won insisted that I kept the ride and we ended up winning four races together that season.

    Paul Nicholls

  • Broadheath wins the Hennessy

    Late in 1986 Nicholls gained one of the finest victories of his riding career on Broadheath in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

    The form book shows that Broadheath carried 10 st 5 lbs at Newbury that day. Hard to believe now, though his jockey will tell you he is well over his anorexia these days!

  • Topsham Bay wins the 1992 Whitbread Gold Cup

    Almost a quarter of a century after Larbawn, Marsh enjoyed a third triumph in his colours in the 1992 Whitbread with the giant Topsham Bay trained by David Barons.

  • Topsham Bay wins the 1992 Whitbread Gold Cup

    When Michael Marsh died he left his colours to Colin Lewis who became one of Paul Nicholls first owners when he began training in 1991.

    Lewis, in turn, passed on the violet and white silks to Nicholls a few years ago when he gave up his racing interests.

  • More recently they have been carried to victory in pony races by Paul’s daughters Megan and Olive, and by Megan in a series of point-to-points.

    Now an exciting new era beckons for the familiar colours under the banner of Ditcheat Thoroughbreds.

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