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Shorn of the daily chores he worries now by proxy

Posted on 10 August 2010

Shorn of the daily chores, he worries now by proxy.”Julie’s going to have to be tough and be more pushy than she is. Most of the ladies who succeed in this game are pretty formidable. One of her problems is that she loves the horses too much; she suffers with them. Sometimes, she’ll have to take a more detached view.”That Julie would love horses became fairly clear one hazardous night about 25 years ago. The Camachos owned a mare, who hated being brought inside at night Often, they left her out.

But a blizzard blew up overnight and Sue Camacho found her seven-year-old daughter out in the fields at near midnight coaxing the mare back inside. Julie had her own pony at six and was leading horses round the parade ring well before she was 16, the qualifying age for a stable pass. School was the uncomfortable bit, fitted in between morning and evening stables A course at secretarial college ended after a week. Training horses was not so much an ambition as a birthright.The weather will be critical to the fortunes of the Camachos and the home-bred family favourite on Saturday Avro does not fancy a mudbath But neither courage nor stamina is in doubt.

Sixth in the Monday National last year was on the disappointing side of creditable – not least for the Mirror readers who had leased him for the day – until Peter Niven, his regular jockey, explained that a flying hoof had caught Avro in the head the fence before the Chair. An outing over a flat two and a quarter miles at Doncaster on Friday – he finished an impressive fourth – was a bizarre preparation for 30 fences and four and a half miles round Aintree, a tribute to Avro’s versatility as much as Julie Camacho’s lateral thinking “A bit strange, I know,” she admits “But he’s a lazy sod and we needed a race I don’t really care what anyone thinks about it. I’ve got quite a thick skin.”She will need every millimetre of it to survive, as her father is well aware. But it will be true to the romantic heritage of the National if Avro Anson did provide Julie Camacho with her first winner “I can’t afford to think about it,” she says “So many things can go wrong But I’d like a winner, any winner.”.

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