Thorton saddened by Folkestone demise

19 December 2012 05:07:34 EST

'Choc' Thornton helped bring the curtain down on Folkestone race track's 117-year history - at least for the time being - and then mourned its closure.

His victory aboard Godsmejudge was achieved in a similar manner to how Folkestone has kept itself alive over the years - by sheer hard work and bloody mindedness.

It was nice to have a winner here on the last day in the track's history.

Choc Thornton

The horse may well be one to follow this term given that he appears to stay forever, jumps well and refuses to throw in the towel when the going gets tough.

He'd been in first or second spot most of the way throughout the three mile one furlong journey and dug deep toward and over the last and up the run-in to win by half a length from The Musical Guy and Barlow.

And afterwards Thornton said: "He was spot on all the way around and it was nice to have a winner here on the last day in the track's history.

"I've not had many runners down here over the years but it's always been kind to me with the few I have ridden."

Meanwhile, Richard Hughes is 1/14 to win the 2013 Flat Jockey Championship while Ryan Moore is 7/1 and Silvestre de Sousa is 999/1.

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