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The PPORA presents a number of Awards throughout the season.

This month two participants based in the West Midlands have had their achievements recognised. We would like to congratulate both winners.

Their stories are reproduced below 

Charlie Dando – Howden PPORA Jockey of the Month – For full story click here 

Alex Edwards – Joint winner of the PPORA Moment of the Month Award – For full story click here


There will be a new event during the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt Country Fair and Point-to-Point at Andoversford on Sunday 15th April – A “Side Saddle Dash”

The event will commence at 12 noon with competitors parading at 11:30am.

It takes the form of a 7 furlong flat race and is sponsored by The Little Jet Company who will present prizes and rosettes.

Luella of Winchombe have donated a “Poncho” for the best dressed lady and local artist Sue Faulkner a limited edition print for the best turned out.

Full details and entry form are attached.





The Paxford Point to Point course by Drone

The Paxford Point to Point course as you've never seen it before! Credit to Dan Theo for the spectacular Drone footage.

Posted by Paxford Point-to-Point on Saturday, 17 March 2018



Thrusters are challenged to take on the Maisemore jumps for the Midlands Ambulance Charity and Ledbury Hunt at Gloucester Races and Country Fair

The Ledbury Hunt is hosting its second Challenge Ride on Sunday 25th March at their reinvigorated Point-to-Point meeting ‘Gloucester Races and Country Fair’ at Maisemore Park.

The aim of the new challenge ride, sponsored by Listers Lexus in Cheltenham, is to raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance and the Ledbury Hunt, along with giving riders (both young and old!) the opportunity to ride a circuit and a half over the jumps at the infamous Maisemore Park racecourse.

The Listers Lexus Challenge Ride will be run at an optimum time – a good Ledbury hunting pace set by the Ledbury Joint Masters – and will feature 9 jumps over 1.3 miles.

To qualify for the challenge, riders must not hold a current jockey’s licence; horses must not have raced under any rules after 31st December 2014. There is no minimum weight.

Entry fee deposit is minimum £150 per person, this will be split equally between the Midland Air Ambulance and Ledbury Hunt. Full entry conditions are available from Julie Mansell email or visit







April 11th 2018 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Trainers, Jockeys, Owners please join us to see for yourselves our wonderful new course in preparation for the main event on 29th April 2018.

Refreshments will be available


A little bit of snow is still visible but is disappearing fast – all set for Didmarton Saturday

The snow which accumulated at Didmarton following last weeks “Big Freeze” has disappeared and with milder conditions forecast to continue, no problems are anticipated at this week’s re-arranged meeting.

Running plans were thrown into confusion after last Saturdays postponement and with 10 other meetings scheduled owners, trainers and riders will obviously wish to maximize their winning chances.

Oldbury on the Hill based James Tuck saddled Cock and Hen to win the Novice Riders last year and that horse could reappear in the Members. He faces 15 potential rivals in a race which looks a stronger renewal than normal with the highly rated The Flying Doc sure to start favourite.

Richard Kelvin Hughes Different Gravey has won over £70,000 under N.H. Rules and could be the type to run up a sequence of wins in this type of company – this would be a good starting point.

Punter Friendly took the Members in 2017 but has more on his plate this time, while Charlie Dando has the pick from Brass in Pocket, Kit Barry, Carrig Dubh or Loodeen.

Mike Hawkers Cecile De Volanges finished second last week but that was over a distance short of her best and this course should play to her strengths.

Carrig Dubh, Cock and Hen, Kit Barry and Punter Friendly hold alternative engagements in the Intermediate and on current form lines there is not much to choose between all 17 entries.

Master Sunrise scored at this meeting back in 2015 has found winning difficult since, but is returning to the scene of that triumph and ran well on his seasonal debut at Larkhill recently. Massini’s Dream could make the journey over the Severn Bridge (although he has easier options elsewhere) and will have a useful weight allowance against The Well Road who she beat comprehensively at Chaddesley Corbett last Spring.

Arthurs Secret should be too speedy for the opposition in the Club Members Conditions. Abi Banks’s mount held a narrow lead over the useful Vonlay de Thaix at Brocklesby Park and as the latter is bound for the Cheltenham Foxhunters that is the form level his rivals have to attain.

Chasforgold’s stable is in great form but he struggled in this class at the Albrighton meeting so will probably have to settle for a minor placing, while Dabinett Moon never runs a bad race and will ensure the favourite does not have things all his own way. Facile Ben, Frelia, High Hatton, Lotus Pond, Ni Sin E Mo Ainm are not there to make up the numbers and could also figure in the shakeup.

Most of the entries for the Novice Riders have shown a decent level of form, so it boils down to who performs best on the day. It is interesting the Areas Leading trainer Phil Rowley has chosen this for Magic Music Man’s debut between the flags.

A glance at the form book reveals the ex-Alan King trained 7-year-old finished third to Black Corton in a hurdle a couple of years back and that horse is now being aimed at the Cheltenham Festival. Out Now, Kyles Faith and In Great Form are useful yardsticks but Magic Music Man should have their measure.

Double You Be retains a high rating despite being beaten in all three outings so far this year. He is entitled to go close in the Restricted, but would not be one to trust with the mortgage. The Rowley representatives include Champagne Lilly or Pique Rock with preference for the latter who won her Maiden in impressive fashion before disappointing next time out.

Wild Ginger finished seventh on his seasonal debut but had been a model of consistency prior to that but will do well to regain the winning thread against Kensington Castle, and Charlie Breekie.

Bally River Boy put in a good performance at Barbury Racecourse and the form of that and his previous races have worked out well, which all points to the fact that a race of this type is within his remit.

Apple Mack and Foxworthy come from useful stables who have chosen the 4-5-6 & 7-year-old Maiden Conditions for their introduction. Whatever the outcome of this race keep an eye on them in the future.

Mistercobar fell when in contention at Chaddesley Corbett and has been placed second on two subsequent occasions, so would not be winning out of turn. The Weston family hold two entries, Pougne Helio and The Late Legend and both are sure to give a good account of themselves.

Phil Rowley relies on the twice placed Salvatore, but preference is given to Charlie Dando’s mount Loodeen. He was in contention until making a bad mistake half a mile from home in a Larkhill Maiden but still had sufficient stamina to finish in the runners up spot – hopefully he will not make the same mistake twice.

The meeting concludes with the Open Maiden, which has attracted 27 entries. The Jaffna Queen disappointed last week, while Redmond Hall finished second, but it may pay to take a chance with First Goodnight or Stay out of Court. The former has little to recommend him but is now with Paul and Lucy King at Weston-sub-Edge and they have performed miracles with this type of horse in the past.

Stay out of Court finished runner up in two Irish Point-to-Points prior to gaining three placings under Rules and that seems a level of form which few of his rivals will be able to match.



The following article appeared in the Business & Innovation Magazine

Andoversford Races to be launch venue for first 100% provenance food hall

Foodie heaven is coming to Gloucestershire at Andoversford Races on April 8th and 15th. Visitors to the races will have the chance to eat and drink the very best in food and drink knowing exactly where it’s from, chatting with the producers who grow and make it and trying tasty mouthfuls. Join Adam Henson at 10.a.m. for a very special morning celebrating the first Happerley Food Heaven. Happerley is a food provenance organisation and every single mouthful for sale in its Food Heaven will have been verified and checked. If it says it’s made in Gloucestershire, from ingredients grown or reared in the county, you can trust that it has. The Happerley logo is the sign of validation and verification, from start to finish.

Matt Rymer is the founder of Happerley and a Gloucestershire farmer himself: “We are all so excited that we can now deliver a fully authentic food experience to consumers. For so long people have been sold down the river by clever marketing and disingenuous labelling and brands. Shoppers haven’t known whether the Gloucester cheese in their basket really is an authentic, local product, made from the best local ingredients or from someone based in the county shipping cheap ingredients in from all over the place. We’re a global organisation but it only seemed right that we launched our Food Heaven here in our home county, where Happerley has its HQ.”

Food Heaven at Andoversford is supported by the Midcounties Co-op, Best of Our Counties Range which has been piloting the scheme. Phil Ponsonby, CEO for Trading: “Transparency is very much a Co-op mantra and Food Heaven gives visitors just that; a clear, verified view of what’s in their food and their drink and where it’s from. It’s also a celebration of wonderful local produce and I’m really looking forward to this very first outing.”

Visitors to Andoversford will be able to meet Adam Henson, and enjoy drinks and nibbles while filling baskets with simply the finest local ingredients, foods and drinks to take home. During the day there will be demonstrations, tastings, ideas of how to make the most of spring produce and of course, the all-important back story of where the food is from. Info designed especially for children to enjoy will also be on hand. Dogs aren’t forgotten either, with a handy dog creche just outside the Food Heaven Pavillion.

‘I’ve been to Happerley Food Heaven’ hessian bags will be available and all exhibitors are being encouraged to minimise packaging.

Peter McNeile is responsible for the running of Andoversford Races and a huge supporter of food provenance “Happerley Food Heaven is the right fit for Andoversford Races, we want families to have a superb day out and showcasing this amazing variety of local fare can only add to their enjoyment. Horses and fabulous food- that’s certainly my idea of heaven.”


Andoversford Races has announced a unique media partnership with the Cotswold Film Company in order to project itself as a contemporary racing event. The race fixture, which enjoyed its best ever spectator attendance in 2017, is already well advanced in its planning for the 2018 renewal on Sunday April 8th.

“We’re delighted to be working with a young media company like Cotswold Film Company,” remarked Committee Chairman Peter McNeile. “Increasingly, our audience is following us through social channels whether they are at the event or not, so improving the quality and stimulus of our content is very important. We’ve been very impressed with the Cotswold Film Company’s racing and event knowledge.”

Louis Gill of the Cotswold Film Company, added, “I’ve been a regular visitor to Andoversford for several years, and been impressed at the amount of local business that is involved. This partnership will allow us to showcase our media talents to some key influencers in the county, whilst also conveying the great excitement that the grass roots of the sport produces in the form of leading riders like Charlie Deutsch and the Twiston-Davies boys, and horses like the recent Grade I winner Poetic Rythym. We look forward to helping Andoversford extend its reach through moving pictures.”