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With Met Office warnings for wintery conditions prior to the meeting and snow visible on the surrounding hills, Chaddesley Corbett proved an oasis during the current cold snap which resulted in the Harkaway Club fixture going ahead as planned on Friday morning.

Conditions were testing but the meeting attracted plenty of runners and that resulted in two races being divided on the day. A total of 109 horses faced the starter, and it was a feather in the organisers cap that this meeting took place while several higher profile fixtures fell victim to the weather.

Callum Bickers Price had a day to remember with the 20-year-old Bromyard rider scoring his first success on Crowded Room in the Novice Riders.

Bickers Price is employed by Abberley based N.H. trainer Henry Oliver but also has a small team of horses which he prepares for Point-to-Pointing. His initial efforts at race riding were cut short after just two rides last year after he suffered a head injury which resulted in 8 months on the side lines.

Crowded Room was sent to the front just before halfway and quickly opened up a useful lead.  The remainder of the runners were obviously expecting him to tire in the stamina sapping conditions but with a mile to run Crowded Room was still extending his advantage.

The 11-year-old went further clear up the final hill and turned for home with an unassailable lead and won by 25-lengths despite being eased down dramatically in the final 100 yards.

Bickers Price recalled afterwards  ”We acquired for 1200 gns after he ran 31 times in Ireland for just 8 placings. Nobody else wanted him. He has a few quirks but jumps like a stag. I’m not the most stylish but to win by 25-lengths in testing ground in a 16-runner field. I’m over the moon with the horse and I cannot thanks every enough who has helped me get to where I am today”.

Having suffered several reversals earlier in the day, Phil Rowley and Alex Edwards finally got their names on the score sheets following Battle Dusts success in the Men’s Open.

Poole Master and Wild Bill cut out the donkey work in this contest but that left them exposed over the final four fences and turning for home the favourite Lilbitluso, Frelia and Battle Dust began to assert their superiority.

The former’s challenge petered out as they raced towards the second last but it was impossible to split Frelia and Battle Dust who rose as one at the second last and again at the final obstacle.  The Rowley runner was a little bit faster away and was able to maintain a narrow advantage as they raced towards the judge.

The winner was in training with Kim Bailey under Rules but had struggled over the last couple of seasons so the owners decided racing between the flags was more beneficial and sent him to Phil Rowley’s stable at Bridgnorth.

Eastnor trainer Nickie Sheppard saddled Ballycahane in the concluding 3-mile Maiden and the 8-year-old rewarded connections by providing young Milo Herbert with his second winner.

After being purchased out of Arthur Moore’s stable the horse had run out at the second on his English debut but was always in a prominent position behind the long-time leader Alright Chief.

 

Climbing the hill, Herbert was still biding his time on Ballycahane who struck the front before the second last and opened up a clear advantage, winning by 7-lengths despite a slow jump at the last.

The first two races on the card, the Restricted and 2-1/2 mile Maiden required division on the day after the safety limit had been exceeded.

Division I of the Restricted went to the Welsh Raider Bleu Et Or who had been pulled up on his seasonal debut a few weeks earlier.

There were excuses for that however as part owner Maurice Seabourn explained later. “He had 18 months off the course and just blew up on his reappearance. I live near Chaddesley Corbett and walked the course several times in the lead up to the meeting and did not think conditions were that bad. We were not sure the horse would like the ground but he had the best conditions because it was the first race on the card.”

The winner was given a brilliant ride by Hannah Lewis who had the winner at the forefront of affairs from the start and sent Bleu Et Or into a clear lead before the partnership made a shuddering error at the last. They recovered quickly and had sufficient in reserve to see off the renewed challenge of Champione on the flat.

Lewis was also seen to great effect later in the afternoon when War Path outstayed some better fancied rivals to land the Condition under the Upton-upon-Severn based rider.

Uncle Jimmy was still in front with half a mile to run and held a narrow lead at the penultimate but Lewis was seen at her best, driving War Path to the front approaching the final obstacle and staying on strongly to record a 6-length success.

War Path had run well on his seasonal debut a few weeks earlier and provided a first training success for the rider since moving into Holdfast Stables in the autumn.

Local successes were thin in the ground as evidenced by Hindlip trainer Tom Weston who saddled runners in both Divisions of the Maiden, with the same result – they both finished second.

Twotwothree led from flagfall in Division I and only The Late Legend was able to offer token opposition in the home straight but his challenge was quickly dismissed as the winner sprinted clear for an 8-length success.

Things were much closer in Division II where three horses, Mistercobar, Tucks Bergen and Iwasthefutureonce turned for home with equal chances. They rose as one at the second last, but the former buckled over on landing which left the two remaining runners to battle it out for the honours.

Both gave their all but the Welsh challenger secured a narrow lead at the final obstacle which he clung on valiantly to all the way up the run in.

Jockey Lorcan Williams had scored earlier in the afternoon on Winterberry in Division II of the Restricted. The Robert Luke trained gelding (facebook) outstayed their rivals on the flat to prevail by a length.

Top Wood and Gina Andrews showed their rivals a clean pair of heels in the Ladies Open. Kim Smyly’s runner Mon Parrain was partnered by Paige Fuller and she was determined the favourite would not have things all his own way.

They had a ding dong battle until Mon Parrain began to beat a retreat after jumping the third from home. The leader had the race in safe keeping over the final two fences, while Mon Parrain held on bravely to deprive Global Power of the runners up spot.

RESTRICTED – DIVISION I

1ST              BLEU ET OR                                                MISS H LEWIS                                          14-1

2ND            CHAMPIONE

3RD            SEAMUSIAY

RESTRICTED – DIVISION II

1ST              WINTERBERRY                                        L WILLIAMS                                                12-1

2ND            DELKANTRA

3RD            VICTORIA HILL

2-1/2 MILE MAIDEN – DIVISION I

1ST              TWOTWOTHREE                                      E GLASSONBURY                                 4-1

2ND            THE LATE LEGEND

3RD            CALL CLAUDE

2-1/2 MILE MAIDEN – DIVISION II

1ST              TUCKS BERGIN                                       L WILLIAMS                                                9-4

2ND            IWASTHEFUTUREONCE

(ONLY 2 FINISHED)

CONDITIONS

1ST              WAR PATH                                                   MISS H LEWIS                                          6-1

2ND            UNCLE JIMMY

3RD            DISTIME

LADIES OPEN

1ST              TOP WOOD                                                   MISS G ANDREWS                               4-5 FAV

2ND            MON PARRAIN

3RD            GLOBAL POWER

MENS OPEN

1ST              BATTLE DUST                                           A EDWARDS                                               10-1

2ND            FRELIA                   

3RD            LILBITLUSO

 

NOVICE RIDERS

1ST              CROWDED ROOM                                  C BICKERS PRICE                                 20-1

2ND            DOCTOR BRAVEHEART

3RD            KYLES FAITHER

3-MILE MAIDEN

1ST              BALLYCAHANE                                       M HERBERT                                                9-1

2ND            BALLY RIVER BOY           

3RD            ALRIGHT CHIEF

 

 

 

HARKAWAY CLUB POINT-TO-POINT PREVIEW

 

Bridgnorth trainer Phil Rowley was in unbeatable form when landing saddling three winners at last year’s meeting and it could be a case of Deja vu when the stables runners line up for the opening fixture of the West Midland season on Friday morning (29th December).

Rowley sent out 29 winners in 2016/17 and continued the good work when the new campaign opened a few weeks ago. That confirms his horse’s wellbeing and it could be another “red letter day” for the Area’s Leading Trainer.

Proceedings commence with the 2-1/2 mile Restricted which has 32 entries. That number is slightly down on last year, but means it may not be necessary to divide the race on the day.

Palmaria is top rated and has to be feared if coming up from the West Country while others with useful form include Full Batten, Easy on Sunday and Captain Kennit. Lily’s Got Wings led her rivals a merry dance at Barbury and was just in front of The Sting (engaged later in the afternoon) when the Rowley runner departed at the final obstacle.

The trainer has his Cold Harbour Maiden winner Champagne Lilly entered and obviously knows where each horse is in his stables “pecking order” so it is reassuring that has no qualms about running Pique Rock over this shorter distance. She is well regarded and there was a lot to like about her winning performance. It will take a good one to lower her colours.

Martin Weston’s Hindlip trained Double You Be might just be capable of doing so. The 5-year-old won an Irish Maiden last year and had shown promise prior to that before being brought by present connections for a substantial sum at Cheltenham Sales in November.  

There are a lot of unknown quantities in the 2-1/2 Mile Maiden. Many of them do not have any form to back up their potential so picking the winner is fraught with danger.

Opinion was divided if The Sting would have prevailed prior to falling at the final fence on her racecourse debut, hopefully that has not affected her confidence. Rowley has a useful second string in Call Claude who ran twice in bumpers for Kim Bailey and as a 4-year-old will be getting a useful weight allowance from most of his rivals.

The Weston stable hold three entries. Iwasthefutureonce, The Late Legend and Dannys Star who was a bit of a talking horse prior to his racecourse debut and it has to be said that two third places did not match early predictions. Another summer under his belt may prove a turning point and his finishing position will prove interesting.

The Mens Open is worth the entry money and Rowley holds the key with Temple Grandin and Now Ben, so take note which is his preferred option.

Iberico was successful at Barbury where he did well to concede 6lb to Lilbitluso who was returning after an absence. Iberico is a useful yardstick and Lilbitluso will need to improve considerably to turn the tables.

Battle Dust, Johnny Og and Maybe Plenty have been plying their trade under Rules and they may need time to adapt to Point-to-Points. Bay Sly is a confirmed front runner and that has carried him to many successes. He was beaten a long way from home at Cottenham and that has to be a cause for concern.

Supreme Danehill never runs a bad race, while the Rucker’s Wild Bill won last year’s contest and is not without a chance of a repeat success. The Welsh raiders Colorado Doc and Frelia are others to consider.

Those looking for something at longer odds, Scare Toi might be the answer. He always puts in his best work at the finish and had a pipe-opener a few weeks ago. His novice rider George Daly will have learnt a lot from that experience but don’t expect them to appear on the scene until the very last minute.

The Ladies Open sees the reappearance of Sybarite who finished second in last year’s race. He is a bit of a character but is a potential winner if consenting to put his best hoof forward.

Foxcub ran well at Cottenham recently, while Invisible Man has always shown his best form in Ladies Races, although he was not on the top of his game last season. Big Casino did well to finish third recently and Ally Sterling presence in the saddle is another bonus. A good performance is predicted whether it is a winning one remains to be seen.

The Conditions is another race on Phil Rowley’s hit list. Namako is one of the lesser lights of his stable but still sets a useful standard. This will be no walk over with the likes of In the Hold, Rockinrolldixie and Creepy amongst potential rivals, while Bally River Boy has been placed in a couple of Irish Point-to-Points and Executive Benefit has a course win to his credit.

Chasforgold has improved since last year according to trainer Emma Alvis and so it proved when he won at Barbury. He has a course success to his credit but Sam Jukes may need to repeat previous tactics where he went to the front half a mile from home and defied all efforts to catch him.

The 3-mile Maiden at this meeting is always worth watching as it invariably provides plenty of winners later in the season. It is also an opportunity to assess horses with previous form and those making their pointing debuts.

Round Robin was knocking on the door all last season but struggled to get his head in front, while Blue Rhythm is the type to do well in this type of event having shown a smattering of form under Rules.

Others to note include Ask the Guvnor and The Oppidan who was beaten a neck in a Point-to-Point last year but has now changed stables, while a watchful eye should be kept on Benjamin Leader, Grove Castle and The Late Legend.

Marcle Ridge seems to have everything in his favour. Named after a local landmark Clive Bennetts runner has had one run in Ireland. He started favourite on that occasion and looked as though he would reward his supporters until outpaced on the run in.

The stable is in form and that run is better than that shown by most of his rivals so it will be disappointing if he fails to build on that performance.

The Novice Riders includes the experienced Brians Well and Bivouac, plus Milled and Minella Friend but it may pay to take a chance with Toowoomba who hails from Clare Hardwicks stable and is likely to team up with Tom Britten.

 

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RACE SCHEDULES 

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POSTCODE (SATNAV) – DY10 4QT

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ENTRY FEE
£40 FOR A SINGLE RACE FOR RACES 1,2,3 & 7 AN ADDITIONAL £10 MEMBERSHIP FEE IS PAYABLE AT ENTRY STAGE. ONE PAYMENT COVERS BOTH OWNER AND RIDER
£25 PER ADDITIONAL RACE SAME HORSE

FREE RACECARD PER HORSE DECLARED.
(See Entry Conditions page 112 of Planner)

CLERK OF THE COURSE
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ENTRIES CLOSE
WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER @ 12-30 pm
(PLEASE NOTE EARLY CLOSING DATE)

FIRST RACE (10-30 AM) – HARKAWAY CLUB MEMBERS RESTRICTED
ABOUT 2 MILES 4 FURLONGS
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £200/2ND – £100/3RD – £50
WEIGHTS – 12 stone.
Nationally agreed allowances for 4 & 5-year-olds, mares & fillies
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
For horses owned and ridden by current Members of the H.C. to be run over approximately two and a half miles

SECOND RACE (11-00) – THE FOUR, FIVE AND SIX YEAR OLD HARKAWAY CLUB MEMBERS MAIDEN
ABOUT 2 MILES 4 FURLONGS
The first three past the post will qualify for the Goffs Spring Sale Point-to-Point Bumper
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £200/2ND – £100/3RD – £50
WEIGHTS – 12 stone
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
For Maidens, aged four, five and six years old only, which are owned and ridden by current members of the H.C. to be run over approximately two and a half miles

THIRD RACE (11-30 AM) –THE HARKAWAY CLUB MEMBERS CONDITIONS
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £200/2ND – £100/3RD – £50
WEIGHTS – 12 stone
SPECIAL CONDITONS
For horses, owned and ridden by current members of the H.C. which on or since 25th November 2015 have NOT WON a race under the Rules of any recognised Racing Authority (Point-to-Points excepted)
PENALTIES
A winner on or since 23rd November 2016 of a Point-to-Point race (Maiden races excepted) to carry 7lb extra
PENALTIES ARE NOT CUMULATIVE

FOURTH RACE – (12 NOON) – LADIES OPEN
The first two past the post will qualify for the Skinners Ladies Open Final, Stratford-on-Avon, Friday 8th June, the winning horse will qualify for the Timico Mixed Open Final , Cheltenham, Friday 4th May
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £300/2ND – £150/3RD – £100
WEIGHTS – 11 stone.
ALLOWANCES
Riders who prior to the Thursday before the date of this Point-to-Point Steeple Chase, have not ridden more than five winners under the rules of racing or the rules of any recognised racing authority, Point-to-Point  Steeple Chases or Arabian Horse races 5lb
Nationally agreed allowances 4 & 5-year-olds, mares & fillies
PENALTIES
None

FIFTH RACE (12-30 PM) – MENS OPEN
The winning horse will qualify for the Timico Mixed Open Final, Cheltenham, Friday 4th May
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £300/2nd – £150/3RD – £100
WEIGHTS – 12 stone.
Nationally agreed allowances 4 & 5 year-olds, mares & fillies
PENALTIES
The winner on or since 2nd June 2016 of a Steeplechase or Hurdle race under the Rules of any recognised racing authority (Point-to-Points excepted) to carry 7lb extra
A winner since 1st July 2016 of three or more Mens or Mixed Open Point-to-Point Races to carry 7lb extra
Of two such races to carry 4lb extra
ALLOWANCES
Riders who prior to the Thursday before the date of this Point-to-Point Steeple Chase, have not ridden more than five winners under the rules of racing or the rules of any recognised racing authority, Point-to-Point  Steeple Chases or Arabian Horse races 5lb
PENALTIES ARE NOT CUMULATIVE

SIXTH RACE (1-00 PM) – PPORA CLUB MEMBERS RACE FOR NOVICE RIDERS
The riders of the first three past the post will score points for the Harley Racing National Novice Riders Championship
The first three horses past the post are eligible for the £1,000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Conditions Race for Novice Riders Series Final, Quorn, Garthorpe, Sunday 29th April
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £200/2ND – £100/3RD – £50
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
For horses owned by current members of the PPORA, for riders who, up to and including 18TH November 2017, have not won more than five races under the Rules of any recognised Racing Authority (Point-to-Points included). Owners must be PPORA members by 1 pm on the Wednesday after close of entry.
PENALTIES
For each win on or since 13th June 2016 in a steeplechase or hurdle race under the Rules of any recognised Racing Authority (Point-to-Points excepted) 7lb extra
for each win since 1st July 2016 in a Mens, Ladies or Mixed Open Point-to-Point 5lb extra
and for each win in a Club Members Point-to-Point in this period 3lb extra
PENALTIES ARE CUMULATIVE

SEVENTH RACE (1-30 PM) – HARKAWAY CLUB MEMBERS MAIDEN
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
For Maiden horses owned and ridden by current members of the Harkaway Club
PRIZE MONEY – 1ST – £200/2ND – £100/3RD – £50
WEIGHTS – 12 stone.
Nationally agreed allowances for 4 & 5 year-olds, fillies and mares

SAFETY FACTOR

2-1/2 Mile Maiden 16
Maiden Race 18
All other Races 20

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See the official Point-to-Point Planner 2017/2018 for full details

 

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