Owner’s daughter reveals that Hunt Ball’s exploits are giving her town a “real lift”

07:00 10 November 2012

Nick Schofield on Hunt Ball clears the final fence to win the Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase during day one of the 2012 Cheltenham Fesitval at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo credit: David Jones/PA wire

Nick Schofield on Hunt Ball clears the final fence to win the Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase during day one of the 2012 Cheltenham Fesitval at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo credit: David Jones/PA wire

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Kate Knott, the daughter of Hunt Ball’s owner Anthony Knott, was manning the front line at the Hunt Ball Raceday at Fontwell on Friday where she was distributing replica scarves.

Kate and her best mate from Sturminster Newton, where the Knott family reside, were kept busy throughout the day hawking the brightly coloured scarves celebrating the feats of Cheltenham Festival winner Hunt Ball.

The Keiran Burke trained chaser and his passionate owner burst into the limelight with a string of weight defying performances that saw the seven-year-old flout a whopping rise of 88lbs in the weights as he crowned a remarkable season with victory in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

And flower shop owner Kate, the second of Knott’s three children and only daughter, has revealed that the exploits of her dad’s horse has given people in the small town of Sturminster Newton a real boost.

“The town has a real community feel because it is a farming community and everyone is very close. Me and my two brothers went to all of the races and it has all been fantastic,” Kate Knott told London24.

“It is the sort of town where everyone knows everyone. I’ve even got a few people who come in to my flower shop asking for tips now!

“Everything that Hunt Ball has done has given everybody in the town a real lift.”


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