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THE HISTORY OF THE LADY DUDLEY CHALLENGE CUP (1978 – 2020)

 

This is the Cup all participants are hoping to win

 

This book was published in 1978 by J.A. Allen and Company Limited (ISBN  0 85131 294 2) and should be compulsory reading for all Point-to-Point enthusiasts as it charts the history of this race from its inception in 1897 to 1977.

Forty two years have passed since events in subsequent races were chronicled, but that void has now been filled. Combine both publications and a complete history of the race between 1897 and 2020 is available.

Race summaries and results in both are set out in the same format.

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This race has been the centrepiece of the Worcestershire Point-to-Point since 1897. Prior to that races at all Point-to-Point meetings had only been for horses qualified with the promoting Hunt, but that year the Countess of Dudley managed to secure funding for the 50-guinea cup that now bears her name.

The race was “open to any horse qualified with one of the recognised packs of foxhounds in the U.K.” and can be said to have set the trend for the future.

The race took place on a course near the Old Chequer Inn at Crowle between 1897 until the advent of War in 1939.

The race was re-instigated in 1946 but it was deemed Crowle would be unable to accommodate the large crowds that were expected so a move was made to Chaddesley Corbett, although this was on the opposite side of the road to the course currently in use.

The race moved to Ryalls Court, Upton-upon-Severn in 1951 and stayed at that venue until the race was lost to waterlogging in 1969.

When the meeting returned to Chaddesley Corbett in 1970 Foulds recorded the distance of the race as 3 miles and 500 yards “The meeting moved back after a 20-year absence, the course was lengthened to three and a quarter miles and the last four fences were jumped three times.

At year later he noted the distance as 3 miles 600 yards “This was a temporary measure for by 1971 an extra field and jumps were added. The extra field with the start at the furthest southerly point from the winning post with the last three fences jumped three times.”

In 1979 he added “the Course was lengthened and an extra fence built in the gap just before junction of Harkaway Club/Albrighton Woodland course and the Dudley Cup course. The start was also moved so that they started with their backs to the third last fence. This made a better galloping course with four fences in the home straight”.

The alterations made in 1979 became the foot print for subsequent meetings and remained the same until 2012 when the old third last was moved to after the winning post and changed to the open ditch in 2015.

 1978

This year’s race was enhanced by the presence of the Northern challenger Sporting Luck who made the long journey down from Yorkshire in an effort to secure the B.M.W. sponsored prize, which formed part of the Sporting Chronicle Championship.

At that time Joyce Hey’s gelding was under the care of Gold Cup winning trainer Peter Beaumont (Jodami) and on paper it looked a two-horse race and that is how it turned out to be.

Ex-show horse Sparkford came into the contest on an 8-race unbeaten run which accounted for his short odds, but without taking anything away from the winner, it appears John Bryan suffered from over confidence on the favourite.

This was a classic case of a committed front runner (Sporting Luck) against the speed of Sparkford, but who came out on top?

The other runners included Tennessee II who eventually finished 15-lengths third, winning chaser Rough House (4th), while Extra Fine was ridden by the “progressive” Nigel Twiston Davies who subsequently carved out as successful career under N.H. Rules.

The Northern challenger led from the start and racing out into the country for the final time, Sparkford was still 20-lengths behind although he continued to make progress and that resulted in the deficit being reduced to 8-lengths at the fourth from home.

Tim Smith’s mount showed signs of wavering in the home straight where the favourite moved up ominously so there was little between the pair at the penultimate.

It was all to play for at the last but Sparkford made a crucial mistake, whereas Sporting Luck met the fence on a perfect stride and the advantage gained proved crucial on the run to the judge. He thus became Yorkshire’s first Dudley Cup winner for 21 years.

That year’s Annual did not pull any punches and concluded that Bryan who at the end of the season went on to end David Turners 4-year tenure as Champion Jockey “had ridden Sparkford dreamingly and should have won easily”.

Sporting Luck and Tim Smith clear the last

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 29th April, 1978

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                               Owner                                 Rider

Sporting Luck – Middleton                1st                                         Miss J Hey                           T Smith

Sparkford – South Hereford             2nd                                        Mrs P Morris                       J R Bryan              

Tennessee II – Monmouth                3rd                                        Mrs R M Watkins                A V Watkins

Also: –

Rough House – North Salop             4th                                        Mrs W M Brown                 P T Brookshaw

Extra Fine – Worcestershire             5th                                        H C Laight                            N Twiston Davies

Archie – Wheatland                          6th                                        W G M Jones                       W Jones

Heath Hill  – Wheatland                    7th                                        K T Hamer                           K Hamer

Alge – Worcestershire                      8th                                        Mrs R E Bird                        G Williams

Hijacked – Wheatland                       fell/remounted/p.u.          E Pennington                      J Wall

9 Ran – ¾ length & 15 lengths

Time: – 6 minutes 41 secs

Tote: – 35p

Betting: –

1/3 Fav – Sparkford                          3/1 – Sporting Luck                                          4/1 – Rough House

33/1- Tennessee II/Extra Fine          40/1 – Heath Hill                                              50/1 – Alge

66/1 – Archie                                     100/1 – Hijacked

1979

Sparkford was able to put the record straight the following year and did so in impressive fashion with the race again sponsored by the German Car Maker. 12 months after his previous abortive attempt, Sparkford had the chance of redemption and took it with both hands putting in one of his best performances and “slaughtering the opposition”.

Like the previous year the Bill Bryan trained and Pam Morris owned gelding was unbeatable in the run up to the big day and came into the race on the back of eight consecutive wins. Despite a tendency to jump left at some fences he made all and drew clear from the 15th to score emphatically.

Jenny Irish’s Night School (Alan Walter) had a great battle with Headmaster (Andrew James) over the final two fences before prevailing by a head, while the unplaced horse included Cheers who recorded a hat trick of successes later in the year. Codwar raced in a hackamore (bit less bridle) while Headmaster was placed in two more Dudley Cups.

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 28th April 1979

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Sparkford – Radnor & W.H.              1st                          Mrs P Morris                       J R Bryan

Night School – Berkeley                    2nd                         Mrs J Irish                            A Walter

Headmaster – North Hereford         3rd                         W J Bufton                          A James

Also: –

Crystal Cottage – Worcestershire    4th                         G Barley                               R G Woolley        

Pattered – Duke of Beaufort            5th                         Mrs R R Dickenson             R Stuart-Hunt

Cheers – North Hereford                  6th                         J W Evans                            C Crozier

Ridware Fox – Meynell                     7th                         R J Froggatt                         R J Froggatt

Codwar – Cotswold Vale                   UR                      Mrs A Downton                  J De Lisle Wells

8 ran – 10 lengths & head

7 minutes 04 secs

Tote: – 17 p

Betting: –

4/7 Fav – Sparkford                          4/1 – Headmaster                             5/1 – Crystal Cottage

16/1 – Night School                          16/1 – Pattered/Codwar                  20/1 – Cheers

33/1 – Ridware Fox

1980

Newspaper reports from the time stated “Hard going – officially described as firm, decimated the field for the Dudley Cup. Sporting Luck who had come all the way down from Yorkshire for it, remained in his box and only 5 of the 30 entrants went to post.

Sponsorship had now passed to Jeep/Christie who must have been disappointed as the field was the weakest for a number of years but included old favourites Extra Fine who finished fifth in 1978 and the evergreen Headmaster.

The other runners included Bob Murrin’s Slatt Bridge IV (of Majetta Crescent fame later) who hardly got into the race after a bad mistake at the 3rd. Spalet, an ex-John Thorne bred runner disputed the lead with Extra Fine but departed when he was knocked over at the 13th.

“Extra Fine dropped back at the next by which time Sebastian Bowen on Headmaster had taken over in the lead and was 5-lengths clear with 5 to jump, but Steve Brookshaw was now creeping closer on the favourite Major Star.

The 10-year-old who had won 8 points in the preceding three seasons including a hat-trick prior to the Dudley Cup then made rapid progress to sweep into the lead with 4 to jump, and then put his rivals to the sword in the home straight. The winner was home bred and home trained by Roger Everall at Shrawardine in North Shropshire”.

Extra Fine gained his revenge at the end of the season by beating the Dudley Cup winner at the Albrighton Woodland.

This was a considerable achievement for the Brookshaw family as Steven became the third member of his family to win the big race, following his brother Peter’s achievements on Mickley Seabright five years earlier and his father Peter who rode Prospero to victory in 1957.

A picture of Major Star to celebrate his victory in the Dudley Cup (by permission of Rebecca Jones)

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 19th April 1980

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Major Star – North Salop                  1st                          W J Everall                           S Brookshaw

Headmaster – North Hereford         2nd                         W J Bufton                          S Bowen

Extra Fine – Worcestershire              3rd                         H C Laight                            R G Woolley

Also: –

Slatt Bridge VI – South Hereford       UR                         R Murrin                              G Williams                          

Spalet – Radnor & W.H.                    BD                         E L David                              J Bryan                 

5 ran – 5 lengths & 1-1/2 lengths

6 mins 39 secs

Tote: – 19 p

Betting: –

4/5 Fav – Major Star                         2/1 – Extra Fine                                 4/1 – Headmaster

6/1 – Spalet                                       33/1 – Slatt Bridge VI

1981

The 1981 running of The Lady Dudley Cup continued with Jeep/Christie support and resulted in Bill Price’s Radnor and West Herefordshire qualified mare Petite Mandy scoring an impressive win.

The winners participation was in doubt until owner Bill Price and Leominster trainer Bob Davies (the Leading Point-to-Point Jockey in 1971 and not the N.H. Jockey of the same name) decided at 10 o’clock the previous evening that sufficient rain had fallen to take the sting out of the ground, so it was ironical that less than 12 hours later the race was run in near blizzard conditions.

The 10-year-old daughter of Mandalus was purchased by connections for 430 gns as a 3-year-old and had won 6 Points in the preceding 3 seasons including collecting Sparkford’s scalp in a Worcester Hunter Chase.

The blinkered Wooden Goose from the Clifton-on-Teme led for the first circuit, while My Squire was close up when falling at the 11th. As the field raced down the back straight Petite Mandy began to make a forward move, while a mistake at 10th set Miss Friday’s cause back considerably.

The favourite took up the running at the 13th, while Andrew James moved Dale Head into second with Guy Avis on Wellingtonbridge just behind in third, but neither was able to mount any challenge as Nigel Oliver’s mount drew clear approaching 4 out and won easily. The Wheatland qualified Hemay ridden by George Cartwright responded well to the “owners unorthodox windmill style running on to claim fourth place”.

Nigel Oliver and Petite Mandy

At Chaddesley Corbett, Saturday 25th April 1981

Going: – Good to Firm, becoming Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Petite Mandy – Radnor & W.H.        1st                          W Price                                N Oliver

Dale Head – North Hereford            2nd                         J Evans                                 A James

Wellingtonbridge – Heythrop          3rd                         Mrs J Debenham                 G Avis

Also: –

Hemay – Wheatland                         4th                         G Cartwright                       G Cartwright

Miss Friday – Cotswold Vale            5th                         T A Fowler                           T A Fowler

Wooden Goose – Clifton-on-Teme 6th                         Mrs P F Edwards                 P Pearce

Headmaster – North Hereford         PU                         E J Bufton                            T Bowen

My Squire – Flint & Denbigh            F                            Mrs P A Saville                    E Dorrell

8 ran – 6 lengths & 10 lengths

6 minutes 57 seconds

Tote: – 21p

Betting: –

4/6 Fav – Petite Mandy                    8/1 – Miss Friday/My Squire                           10/1 – Headmaster

10/1 – Dale Head                               14/1 – Wellingtonbridge/Hemay                  33/1 – Wooden Goose

1982

This year sponsorship moved to Massey Ferguson and the race provided a memorable success for 18-year-old Philip Mathias.

“South Pembrokeshire farmer Dennis Reed decided last week that his horse Norman Case deserved a break after unsuccessfully trying to beat Brigadier Mouse in four races this season.

Three times Norman Case has been second on their other meeting he finished third when Brigadier Mouse chased home Dempsey at the Brecon.

In between times Norman Case has won his other two races so reckoning that the “try, try, again” policy was becoming a mugs game, Mr Reed bypassed yet another clash at the Pentyrch (ironically Brigadier Mouse was to fail there)  and took his seven year old instead to the Worcestershire, and the horse showed his appreciation by winning Point-to-Pointing’s most prestigious trophy The Lady Dudley Cup.

Firm ground at Chaddesley Corbett kept most of the leading fancies in their boxes, among them Clear Pride, Dempsey, Gill O’Whiskey, Pastry Brush, Royal Dust, Royal Guide and Sparkford but judging by the way Norman Case won it would have taken a good one to beat him.

From the moment Philip Mathias sent him on at halfway nothing else got a look in and it was only because he was eased halfway up the run in that the official margin was a mere 10 lengths.

Second favourite Clear and Clean put in his usual late burst to go past a bunch of horses and take second place from Hemay while Yung Cheng’s whose jumping let him down was fourth just in front of Extra Fine. Hay Merchant who had been backed down to favourite, following two recent victories was a great disappointment trailing almost throughout.”

Saundersfoot based Owner/Breeder Reed had always harboured a tilt at the big race and became the Principalities 3rd winner since the race’s inception in 1897 and victory came 21 years after Wales’s last success with Clover Bud back in 1959.

Norman Case and Philip Mathias (centre) accompanied by Hemay (right)

 At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday April 24th 1982

Going: – Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Norman Case – South Pembs           1st                          D L Reed                              P Mathias

Clear and Clean – North Salop         2nd                         Mrs D Swinnerton              K Tellwright

Hemay – Wheatland                         3rd                         G Cartwright                       G Cartwright

Also: –

Yung Cheng – North Hereford          4th                         G Davies                              N Oliver

Extra Fine – Worcestershire              5th                         H C Laight                            A James

East of Eden – Worcestershire         6th                         F J Shaw                               R Chugg

Hay Merchant – North Ledbury       7th                         C J Hitchings                       T Jackson

Highland Lad – Cotswold                  PU                         C J Ayley                              A P Jones

8 ran – 10 lengths & 2 lengths

6 minutes 32 secs

Tote: – 46 p

Betting: –

7/4 Fav – Hay Merchant                   4/1 – Yung Cheng                              6/1 – East of Eden/Norman Case

7/1 – Extra Fine                                 8/1 – Hemay                                      20/1 – Highland Lad

22/1 – Clear and Clean                     

1983

Massey Ferguson continued their involvement and Michael Williams relates “Clear Pride owned by Mrs Margaret Jones, trained by Richard and Carol Lee at Presteigne on the Welsh Borders and splendidly ridden by Duncan Trow was a convincing winner of the Lady Dudley Cup at the Worcestershire.

The 12-year-old son of Clear Run very nearly didn’t run in this West Midland classic because of the heavy going at Chaddesley Corbett and was only declared minutes before the deadline.

Extra Fine took them along from flag fall closely pursued for the first circuit by Silent Reactor. When Extra Fine began to weaken at the tenth, Silent Reactor took over, remaining in front for the next four fences.

Wisbech Lad (who couldn’t act properly on the going) made a bad mistake at the 12th when in mid field and was pulled up at the 15th as was Extra Fine.

Approaching the 16th, Tommy Jackson moved Rockin Berry into the lead from Solidity, Darlingate and the improving Clear Pride. At the “Rushton” fence four fences out, Rockin Berry was joined by Clear Pride, while behind this pair Centaura and Miss Friday were making late progress.

The picture changed dramatically over the last three fences. Centaura came down three out when disputing third place and at the penultimate fence where Clear Pride quickened to take the lead, Miss Friday fell when some four lengths behind the leaders.

Although Rockin Berry renewed her challenge on the flat, Clear Pride held her safely winning by a length and giving Duncan Trow his first Dudley Cup win with his first ride in the race.

It was also Richard Lee’s first Dudley Cup winner and it could well be his last because he intends to apply for a public trainer’s licence in the autumn. A farrier by profession he has sent out 50 winners from the livery yard he runs with his wife, seven of them this season”.

Clear Pride and Duncan Trow clear the last

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 23rd April 1983.

Going: – Heavy

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Clear Pride – North Hereford           1st                          Mrs P M Jones                    D Trow

Rockin Berry – Worcestershire         2nd                         A Baylis                                T Jackson

Northwick – Warwickshire               3rd                         N G Rainford                       R Mann

Also: –

Solidity – North Cotswold                4th                         Mrs R E Walker                   L Carenza

Darlingate – Worcestershire            5th                         D G Howard                        J Bryan

Lintam – South Hereford                  6th                         Mrs H A Snell                      G Snell

Silent Reactor – Albrighton              7th                         B Coles                                 E Dorrel

Centaura – Tanatside                        F                            Mrs P A Jones                      P A Jones

Extra Fine – Worcestershire             PU                         H C Laight                            N Twiston Davies

Miss Friday – Cotswold Vale            F                            T A Fowler                           T A Fowler

Wisbech Lad – North Cotswold        PU                         T Holland Martin                T Holland Martin

Zarzaitine – Carmarthanshire          PU                         O B Thomas                        P Mathias

12 ran – 1 length & 5 -lengths

7 minutes 28 secs

Tote: – £5

Betting: –

5/2 Fav – Rockin Berry                      7/2 – Clear Pride                                4/1 – Wisbech Lad

5/1 – Darlingate                                8/1 – Zarzaitine                                 12/1 – Miss Friday/Silent Reactor

14/1 – Northwick                              20/1 – Lintam                                    25/1 – Centaura 

33/1 – Solidity/Extra Fine

1984

The Massey Ferguson Lady Dudley Cup saw victory go to a local horse, which Hugh Condry  describes as follows “Darlingate became the first horse from the promoting Hunt for 11 years to win the Worcestershire’s classic Lady Dudley Cup on Saturday when Tommy Jackson brought him to overhaul Little Bilsham between the last two fences at Chaddesley Corbett.

The nine-year-old was bred by his owner Hanbury Farmer Michael Howard (whose son David hunts the horse) by Chestergate out of Somebody’s Darling (a half-sister to Titus Oates).

Richard Tate and his team pumped over 200,000 gallons of brook water onto the course to counter the mini-drought and fears of “concrete” ground were soon dispelled.

As often happens with modern day Dudley’s a good proportion of the top horses declined the engagement and Little Bilsham was clear favourite from the 11 starters with Furimist, Love Tryst and Darlingate best of the others at fives and sixes.

Little Bilsham, the 1983 Chepstow Champion, has not been out of the first two in his seven starts this season and once again ran a fine race with Willie Bryan keeping him in the van and glued to the inside throughout.

Tommy Jackson who trains Darlingate near Cradley was doing just the right thing by steering his mount who has a habit of ducking out left, round the outside of this left-handed course.

Another Dragon, Shalto and Impudence were all in the firing line with this pair for well over two miles, but as they turned for home it was plain that the prize lay between Little Bilsham and Darlingate.

Little Bilsham led at the second last, but when Tommy Jackson pressed the button the response was immediate. Darlingate scampered past his rival to lead into the last and hold a three length advantage all the way to the line”.

Darlingate and Tommy Jackson at the last

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 28TH April 1984.

Going: – Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Darlingate – Worcestershire            1st                          D G Howard                        T Jackson

Little Bilsham – Radnor & W.H.        2nd                         Mrs G Spratt                       W Bryan

Furimist – Heythrop                          3rd                         R Bartlett                             S Hart

Also: –

Border Mark – Bicester & W C         4th                         Mrs A Holland                     J Evetts

Bentor – Croome & W W                  5th                         Mrs J M Moule                    A Marklew           

Another Dragon – Croome & W W  PU                         Mrs W Gartlan                    P W Lane

Impudence – Ledbury                       PU                         Miss J Bunn                         R Mathias

Leon Star – Berkeley                          PU                         W L Powell                          T Bowen

Love Tryst – Radnor & W.H.             PU                         W Price                                M Wilding

Shalto – Ledbury                               PU                         Mrs M Taylor                      N Oliver

Spritestown Lass – Ross Harriers     PU                         A E Bellamy                         R Bellamy

11 ran – 3 lengths & 20 lengths

6 minutes 38 seconds

Tote: – £5-50p

Betting: –

6/4 Fav – Little Bilsham                    11/2 – Love Tryst/Furimist               6/1 – Darlingate

7/1 – Another Dragon                       10/1 – Bentor/Border Mark             12/1 – Impudence/Leon Star

14/1 – Shalto/Spritestown Lass

1985

The following report appeared in the Sporting Life. “Although there was a treble for Peter Greenall at the Worcestershire, the Dudley Cup eluded him. Sliebemore, whose turn will surely come, was beaten by Ridgeman, a horse bred in New Zealand.

Vandals having had a senseless field day at Chaddesley Corbett overnight had burned down the fence that would have been the sixth from home on the second circuit, so there were 18 fences to jump instead of 20.

Sliebemore opened up favourite for the Dudley Cup in a field of eight, but a flood of late money before the off for Darlingate saw last year’s winner joining Sliebemore at 9-4. Next in the market came Ladnek at 4-1, followed by Coul Kanda and Pea-Cock-Ade. The winner backable early on at 10-1 started at 3-1 but returned just over 9-1 on the Tote.

Eminently suited by the fast ground Ridgeman was taken immediately to the front by Keith Johnson and there he stayed despite strenuous efforts by Greenall on Sliebemore and Tommy Jackson on Darlingate.

Ridgeman however was always pulling out something extra and the real battle over the last four fences was for second place, with Sliebemore holding off Darlingate by half a length as Ridgeman passed the post with three lengths in hand.

The winner’s time of 6 minutes 38.5 seconds was exactly the same as that taken by Darlingate to win last year’s race with two more fences to jump.

Coul Kanda and Pea-Cock-Ade finished a distant fourth and fifth. Richard Lee’s other runner Just a Kinsman, ridden by Mark Richards, never figured at all and was pulled up as was Ladnek. Regrettably there was one fatal casualty, Leonstar broke a leg on the flat on the first circuit.

Bought out of Stan Mellor’s yard in 1980, the 11-year-old Ridgeman has been hunted with the Radnor and West Hereford by his owner Roger Phillips who farms near Ross on Wye and said “He has been Point-to-Point and Hunter-chased with mixed results, and he really loves the top of the ground”.

Overcoming a tendency to break blood vessels Ridgeman has won twice in four appearances this season, when ironically, the only horse to beat him in a Point-to-Point was Song of Life, whom Greenall had the option of riding in the Dudley Cup.

Ridgeman’s rider, 36-year-old Keith Johnson (the father of Champion Jockey Richard Johnson), who farms with his father at Madley, near Hereford, has ridden 28 Point-to-Point winners and had 17 successes under Rules”

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 27th April 1985

Going: – Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Ridgeman – Radnor & W.H.              1st                          R A Phillips                          I K Johnson

Sliebemore – Worcestershire           2nd                         F J Shaw                               P Greenall

Darlingate – Worcestershire            3rd                         D G Howard                        T Jackson

Also: –

Coul Kanda – Cotswold                     4th                         D M Baxter                          R Bellamy

Pea-Cock-Ade – North Hereford      5th                         Mrs H M Knott                    T Jackson

Just a Kinsman – North Hereford    PU                         T Davies/A J Bennett          M Richards          

Ladnek – North Cotswold                 PU                         A G Down                            H Wheeler

Leonstar – South Hereford               PU                         Mrs H Snell/W Powell        G Snell

8 ran – 3 lengths & ½ length

6 minutes 38 secs

Hunt Tote: – £10-20p

Betting: –

9/4 Fav – Sliebemore/Darlingate     3/1 – Ridgeman                                 4/1 – Ladnek

8/1 – Coul Kanda/Pea-Cock-Ade     10/1 – Just a Kinsman/Leonstar

1986

150th Anniversary Meeting

In 1897 The Countess of Dudley presented a silver Cup for a race called the Ladies Plate.
The Race has been known as The Lady Dudley Cup ever since

Hugh Condry’s report stated “The Massey Ferguson Dudley Cup drew 11 runners – sadly but as is customary nowadays all from the West Midlands and on form it seemed a three-horse race with only Tanker and Highland Blaze seriously backed against former Greenall horse Paddy’s Peril, whose sole conqueror in five Opens this season has been Rattlin Jack.

Tanker after being in the leading group for two miles, dropped out with astonishing rapidity and as they took the cross fence before the home turn, Paddy’s Peril went on from Sliebemore (runner-up last year when ridden by Greenall) and Highland Blaze.

Coming back towards the car-park with four to jump Paddy’s Peril seemed to be cruising with John Deutsch looking round to see where the opposition had gone. He soon found out.

Highland Blaze can be a shade error-prone but now Mr Greenall was finding the perfect stride to fly each of the last three fences in top gear and passing the checking Paddy’s Peril at the last sprinted away to win by three lengths in what was easily the fastest time of the day, not excluding the Ladies race.

An 8-year-old by Barolo and half-brother to among others Elf Trout, Highland Blaze has now won nine of his last eleven races over two seasons, having fallen in the other two.

On Saturday he misbehaved at first. After declining to be ridden from the parade ring, he had to be mounted on the course and then led into the start by trainer Richard Lee.

“He may have been awkward going down, but my word didn’t he come back well” said one racegoer.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 26th April

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Highland Blaze – Radnor & W.H.      1st                          P Greenall                            P Greenall

Paddy’s Peril – North Cotswold       2nd                         J Deutsch                             J Deutsch

Sliebemore – Worcestershire           3rd                         F J Shaw                               T Bowen

Also: –

Solidity – North Cotswold                4th                         Mrs R E Walker                   L Carenza

Rockin Berry – Worcestershire         5th                         A Baylis                                T Jackson

Tanker – Ludlow                                 6th                         P J Corbett                           A Ulyet

Chanelle – Albrighton                       7th                         B R Cambidge                     J Cambidge

Bright Beacon – Ledbury                  8th                         J B Daly                                D C Daly

Baro Morn – Ledbury                        PU                         H Baimbridge                      S Hart

Fennelly – Ledbury                            F                            M J Low                               S Grundy

10 ran – 3 lengths & 8 lengths

7 minutes

S.P.: – 5-1

Betting: –

5/4 Fav – Paddy’s Peril                     2/1 – Tanker                                      5/1 – Highland Blaze

8/2 – Rockin Berry                             10/1 – Sliebemore/Chanelle            16/1 – Solidity

16/1 – Baro Morn/Fennelly

1987

The media reported “Last Saturday only a fortnight after waterlogging had been causing countrywide abandonments, the firm going arrived to bedevil Point-to-Points not least at the Worcestershire’s Dudley Cup meeting, where the big race itself drew only 7 starters from an entry of 37.

Farmers Jim Harris, Bryan Leighton and Ken Brooke, Insurance Broker Ted Rees and Chip Merchant Keith Merrick had the day of their lives at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday when the unfancied Pride of Tullow swept to victory in the Sporting Life sponsored Lady Dudley Cup.

The 9-year-old has been showing precious little sparkle of late and odds of 50-1 were freely available beforehand the betting market being dominated by last year’s runner up Paddy’s Peril, but Bredenbury trainer John Evans recalled that Pride of Tullow had finished second to 1986 Lady Dudley Cup hero Highland Blaze on one occasion last year and the gelding loves this firm ground – “he just slides about in the wet”.

Pride of Tullow was brought for 2.300 gns out of Peter Greenall’s yard at Doncaster Sales last August but Evans reported that he had returned with a dirty nose after his recent races and he was worried he had a virus.

However, roared on by his soon to be inebriated shareholders the son of Pitpan quickened in great style from three out. A mistake at the next nearly had rider Tim Bowen (putting up 1lb overweight) over the shoulder he hauled himself back into the plate to land the cup and gave his owners the privilege of receiving it from the Life’s evergreen Point-to-Point correspondent Michael Williams.

Paddy’s Peril was a major disappointment especially with the sun beating down and the ground fast – conditions he particularly enjoys. John Deutsch was niggling at the favourite some way out and the 11-year-old refused to exert himself on this occasion”.

Pride of Tullow and Tim Bowen

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 25th April 1987

Going: – Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Pride of Tullow – North Hereford    1st                          J Harris                                T Bowen

Camborne Hill – Cheshire                 2nd – Dead Heat   J  S M Barlow                       C J M Barlow

Paddy’s Peril – North Cotswold       2nd – Dead Heat   T Perry/J Deutsch                J Deutsch

Also: –

Corvedale Corfton – Ludlow             4th                         K Edwards                           G Godsall

Ginger Bush – Ledbury                      5th                         P Morris                              P Morris

Chambesy – North Hereford            F                            D L Davies                            R Mathias

The Next Night – South Hereford    PU                         Mrs P Banks                        G Snell

7 ran – 4 lengths & Dead Heat

6 minutes 56 seconds

SP: – 33-1

Betting: –

2/5 Fav – Paddys Peril                      3/1 – The Next Night                         4/1 – Chambesy

16/1 – Camborne Hill                       33/1 – Corvedale Corfton                 33/1 – Pride of Tullow

40/1 – Ginger Bush

1988

Reports from the meeting suggested “John Deutsch cannot escape from his Lady Dudley Cup jinx. At Chaddesley Corbett last Saturday Paddy’s Peril was losing favourite for the third time running in the Worcestershire classic with John himself left grounded at the last fence as Alastair Ulyet and North Key galloped on to a deserved victory.

It was by general consensus a high-class Dudley Cup. The nine starters included game veteran Norman Case, the 1982 winner and successful in two previous races this season. Macnab’s Quest was also successful in his previous two and Privy Rose had won her last three.

Also, in the line-up were Stand Firm, who had won his first three before that “hiccup” at the Clifton. However, Paddy’s Peril had been unbeaten in his four 1988 races the last victory coming in the Heythrop 4 miler where he had brushed aside Goldspun. He always held the market call though easing to even money in the face of support for the Ludlow Hunter Chase winner North Key.

Outsider Haven Patrick ensured a cracking pace but he had already given way to North Key when he slipped on the bend after the 16th as he raced just ahead of Paddy’s Peril. Now the favourite went in pursuit of the leader but all the way up the final straight the gap was closing marginally.

Mr Deutsch’s call for a final effort at the last fence when still a couple of lengths down ended in disaster when Paddy’s Peril declined the long one, got into the bottom of the fence and gave his rider no chance.

This left North Key to score in easily the fastest time of the day, nearly 14 seconds better than the next quickest, the Ladies.

Owned by Clent Farmer Jeffrey Palmer and picked up for only £300 eight year old North Key is trained by Maggie Kimnell (formerly associated with Mr Palmer’s Pastry Brush). On the Tuesday before the Dudley North Key had been show jumping achieving two clear rounds under Miss Kimnell. He was Mr Ulyets 50th winner .

North Key and Alastair Ulyet – Course record holders for the Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett

In the caption below you can see Paddy’s Peril about to unseat John Deutsch

At Chaddesley Corbett. Saturday 23rd April 1988

Going: – Good to Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

North Key – Ludlow                           1st                          J Palmer                               A Ulyet

Norman Case – South Pembs           2nd                         D L Reed                              P Mathias

Stand Firm – Clifton-on-Teme          3rd                         G Richards                           A James

Also: –

MacNabs Quest – Beaufort              4th                         Mrs J Young                         N Bush

Bright Beacon – Ledbury                   PU                         J B Daly                                H Daly

Haven Patrick – Radnor & W.H.       SU                         Mrs P Morris                       W Bryan

Joycott – North Hereford                 PU                         Mrs M Bayliss                     G Godsall

Paddy’s Peril – North Cotswold       UR                         T Perry/J Deutsch                J Deutsch

Privy Rose – Golden Valley                PU                         Miss J Smith                        G Snell

9 ran – Distance & Distance

6 minutes 29 seconds

Betting: –

11/10 Fav – Paddy’s Peril                 2/1 – North Key                                 6/1 – Privy Rose

9/1 – Norman Case                           9/1 – MacNabs Quest                       10/1 – Stand Firm

20/1 – Bright Beacon                        33/1 – Haven Patrick/Joycott         

1989

With all 12 contestants from the 1989 Dudley Cup coming from different hunts this West Midland classic sponsored for the third successive year by The Sporting Life saw one of the most competitive fields in recent years.

The result was a rare triumph for the 11-year-old Border Sun, who started last season as a Maiden and against all odds was achieving his first ever success in an open event.

Although he started second favourite at 9-2 having won his last two races, including the Audi qualifier at the Heythrop such was the strength of the market that it was possible to back both him and the other Heythrop winner Carneades at 5-2 with the favourite the hunter chase winner Macnab’s Quest whose rider Guy Upton had passed up the opportunity of a ride in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.

Norman Case, the 1982 winner took them along at a cracking pace which he maintained throughout most of the journey and it was certainly too much for Macnab’s Quest who was run off his feet on the fast ground and wasn’t helped by a mistake at the open ditch, the first time he came to it and another later on.

The early pace was also almost too hot for Border Sun who was a long way off it for much of the journey and whose rider Simon Sweeting said afterwards that he had seriously considered pulling him up at the start of the second circuit.

But three fences out it was apparent that Border Sun was the only horse with a chance of catching Norman Case. He reached him at the last fence and displayed so much foot on the run in that he got home by 4-lengths. Carneades was a similar distance away in third and Macnab’s Quest a well beaten fourth of 8 finishers.

Brought six years ago from his breeder Bob Nicholas in Somerset, by his present owner Peter Deal who lives in North Wiltshire and operates his business as an industrialist from London. Border Sun is by Chris Sweeting’s good stallion Sunyboy out of a mare by Border Chief and he is trained by Sweeting in the Heythrop country.

This was the seventh win for the horse’s rider 23-year-old Simon Sweeting who is in his last year at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester and six of his wins, three of them this season have been on Border Sun”.

Border Sun and Simon Sweeting

At Chaddesley Corbett. Saturday 22nd April 1989

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Border Sun – Heythrop                     1st                          P Deal/Mrs J Sweeting       S Sweeting

Norman Case – South Pembs           2nd                         D L Reed                              P Mathias

Carneades – North Cotswold           3rd                         D H Smyly                            G Smyly

Also: –

Macnab’s Quest – Beaufort              4th                         Mrs J L Young                      G Upton

Timber Tool – Ledbury                      5th                         W J Evans                            T Rooney

Green Street – Cotswold                  6th                         F Sedgwick                          D Duggan

Master Spartan – Radnor & W.H.    7th                         Mrs P Morris                       W Bryan

Tangle Trail – North Ledbury            8th                         R H Simms                           G Hanmer

Adrian-John – Albrighton                 PU                         Mr and Mrs D Robinson     D A Robinson

Lodges Fortune – Cotswold Vale     PU                         J J Hatch                              M Low

Pride of Tullow – North Hereford    PU                         J Harris/B Leighton             J Edwards            

Turn Mill – Teme Valley                    PU                         Mrs S A Potter                    A Ulyet

12 ran – 4 lengths & 4 lengths

6 minutes 38 secs

Tote: – £7.40p

Betting: –

2/1 Fav – Macnab’s Quest                3/1 – Turn Mill                                   4/1 – Timber Tool

5/1 – Border Sun/Norman Case      5/1 – Carneades                                7/1 – Tangle Trial

10/1 – Green Street                          10/1 – Master Spartan                      20/1 – Lodges Fortune

25/1 – Adrian John                            33/1 – Pride of Tullow      

1990

“This year’s Sporting Life sponsored Dudley Cup result provided a real surprise. The winner Mrs Annette Potter’s Turn Mill from the Teme Valley was scoring for the first time since losing her maiden tag in a restricted last year. In her most recent run (third at the Ludlow) she had finished two lengths behind Amal Lees Hope who was sixth about 35-lengths adrift on Saturday. Understandably Turn Mill started at 25-1.

Whitsunday was favourite to complete an Open Race hat-trick but with Tullis Matson substituting for injured owner Mark Chamberlayne had to play second fiddle for the first two miles to Senator of Rome until the latter’s propensity for missing one out proved his downfall.

He survived his first mistake – at the final ditch which can often be decisive at Chaddesley Corbett – but shed his rider at the next. A neck and a head separated Turn Mill from Whitsunday and Katesville at the finish.

Mrs Potter gave every credit for Turn Mill to her daughter Anne. Six years ago, Anne had been due to return to Australia where she had been working for trainer Tommy Smith, but instead spent the air fare on an un-broken three-year-old bred by Mrs Pat Tollit.

Until now Turn Mill has done little to suggest that was money well spent, having made it to the course only eight times in the past three seasons. Her most recent set back having been a severely torn muscle in last year’s Dudley Cup, but mother and daughter never lost faith”.

The owner of the third-place horse Katesville (Lee Bowles) is an interesting character. He was the son of one of Wales’s most “colourful” characters John Bowles.

In a scenario similar to a Dick Francis novel Bowles senior had lost his trainers licence in 1980 and was banned from racecourses for 20 years after a betting coup at Newton Abbot’s August Bank Holiday meeting in 1978.

On several occasions Bowles senior was fined by the Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club for ignoring bans at Cheltenham Racecourse and Point-to-Point meetings.

In 1990 Lee Bowles was allowed to register horses on the proviso they were his own property and his father was not involved in their training or care. Bowles senior passed away in October 2014.

At Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday 21st April 1990

Going: – Good to Firm

 Horse and Hunt                                Position                Owner                                 Rider

Turn Mill – Teme Valley                    1st                          Mrs S A Potter                    M Hammond

Whitsunday – Berks & Bucks Drag   2nd                         M Chamberlayne                T Matson

Katesville – Talybont                         3rd                         L Bowles                              C Hancock

Also: –

Flying-X-Ray – Clifton-on-Teme       4th                         D W Parker                          W Bryan

Border Sun – Heythrop                     5th                         P Deal/Mrs J Sweeting       S Sweeting

Amal Lees Hope – North Hereford  6th                         C J Lumsden                        A James

Dingbat – South Hereford                7th                         G Davies/B Durant              S Grundy

Harvest Fortune – Ludlow                RO                         G Orchard                            G Orchard

Senator of Rome – Berks & Bucks    UR                         H M F McCall                      J W Mullins

9 ran – Head & Neck

6 minutes 47 secs

Tote: – £32.50p

Betting: –

Evens Fav – Whitsunday                   5/2 – Senator of Rome                      4/1 – Border Sun

9/2 – Katesville                                  6/1 – Amal Lees Hope                       14/1 – Dingbat

20/1 – Turn Mill/Harvest Fortune   33/1 – Flying-X-Ray

1991

“Gift horse The Red One came down from Yorkshire to humble all the locals in the Lady Dudley Cup at last Saturday’s Worcestershire meeting. He led throughout the second circuit, jumping swiftly and accurately. Karannsu and Master Eryl clung on grimly until The Red One produced an extra gear before the turn for home to coast in eight lengths clear.

The Red One has won five consecutive Open races (it might have been six but for a last fence fall at the Cheshire) and owner Peter Haley (a building contractor and property developer from Tadcaster) is now putting him by for next seasons hunter chases.

The seven-year-old a winner over hurdles at four and five came to him from Jack Hanson, “I’d bought a horse from Jack which went wrong” he said “that was my bad luck and I didn’t think any-more about it, but a year later Jack offered me The Red One for nothing to make up for it. Jack’s like that.”

Wayne Burnell, the owner’s nephew and The Red One’s regular partner broke a thigh in a fall at the Sinnington but had left hospital just in time to be there on crutches to watch Stephen Swier’s pilot the winner home.

“Never off the bridle” was the comment from Swiers who was warm in appreciation of the watering efforts at Chaddesley Corbett “They’ve done a wonderful job, its fabulous ground” he said.

Border Sun, the 1989 winner, didn’t seem to like it though trailing all the way, and the other disappointment in the Dudley Cup was the failure to compete of dear old Norman Case, the winner nine years ago and second twice in his other attempts.”

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 20th April 1991

Going: – Good to Firm

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

The Red One – Bramham                  1st                          P R Haley                             S Swiers

Master Eryl – Ledbury                        2nd                         Mrs R Guilding                    A Ulyet

Karannsu – Worcestershire              3rd                         A Hollinsworth                   T Jackson

Also: –

Back in Business – Albrighton          4th                         B Coles                                 A Dalton

Gibraltar Girl – Warwickshire          5th                         J T Bailey                              J T Bailey

Border Sun – Heythrop                     6th                         P Deal/Mrs J Sweeting       S Sweeting

Cabinet Meeting – Llangibby           7th                         S J Hyde                               E M Ley

Ballinvelig – South Salop                  PU                         F D Cornes                           J F Cornes

Norman Case – South Pembs           UR                         D L Reed                              D Duggan

Park Shade – Heythrop                     PU                         R Mathew                           H Daly

Rag Stream – North Ledbury            PU                         Mrs C A Lewis                      T Stephenson

11 ran – 8 lengths & 3 lengths

6 minutes 39 seconds

Tote: – £2.10p

Betting: –

4/5 Fav – The Red One                      4/1 – Master Eryl/Back in Business                7/1 – Gibraltar Girl

8/1 – Border Sun                               10/1 – Park Shade/Ballinvelig                         14/1 – Karannsu

16/1 – Rag Stream                            20/1 – Norman Case/Cabinet Meeting

1992

“Treyford’s bold bid for an all the way win in the Lady Dudley Cup at Saturday’s Worcestershire meeting was foiled when Brunico’s final assault, delayed until the last fence by Ron Treloggen took him to the front to land a famous victory for Wales.

Sam’s Heritage – favourite after three successive victories in non-Open races – was close third ahead of The Screamin Deamon who seemed to enjoy Chaddesley Corbett much better than the Cheltenham two miles three days earlier.

The Pembrokeshire qualified Brunico, trained at Little Newcastle near Fishguard by Peter Bowen, has now won six consecutive 1992 Open races since being bought at Doncaster Sales by Haverfordwest garage proprietor Roland Mansell.

Somerset dairy farmer Treloggen has ridden the one time flat (Ormonde Stakes, Chester) and hurdle winner in all of them. He was originally called in at the suggestion of John Llewellyn who did so well on Bowen-trained horses last season but found himself unable to “click” with Brunico.

Treloggen who rode the grey to win in 1990 for Eddie Swalfield certainly possesses the Key “He’s a horse who knows all the tricks” he said “but sometimes it’s as if you were riding a green five year old”.

His nastiest moment on Saturday came at the second ditch, seven from home when he survived a blunder which might have dislodged many another”.

Ron Treloggen and Brunico after their success

This was the first occasion that Peter Bowen came to national prominence. Over time he has progressed to winning big races at all the major N.H. Festivals. His sons James and Sean are both N.H. Jockeys and their brother Mickey is now training between the flags.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 2nd May 1992

Going: – Good

 Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Brunico – Pembrokeshire                 1st                          R J Mansell                          R Treloggen

Treyford – Worcestershire               2nd                         M Wareing                          A Steel

Sams Heritage – South Hereford     3rd                         R G Warner                         J M Pritchard

Also: –

The Screamin Deamon – Talybont   4th                         L Bowles                              T Jones

Knighton Lad – Clifton-on-Teme      5th                         J W Delahay                        G Godsall

Turn Mill – Ludlow                            PU                         Mrs A Potter                       M Hammond

6 ran – 2 lengths & 1 length

6 minutes 45 secs

Betting: –

5/4 Fav – Sams Heritage                   7/4 – Brunico                                     4/1 – Treyford

6/1 – The Screamin Deamon            14/1 – Knighton Lad                         16/1 – Turn Mill

1993

With this meeting held on a Friday, reporting was rather sparse. “The remarkable Brunico triumphed for the second year in succession in the Worcestershire’s classic Lady Dudley Cup last Friday and must be favourite to finish the season as leading horse once again (eventually beaten by Melton Park)

The 1993 Dudley conformed almost exactly to the pattern of that of 1992, with Treyford second last year, again making the running. Ron Treloggen always had matters in hand on Brunico as usual leaving his final thrust until the last fence. On the flat, the grey forged clear to win by three lengths – it had been two 12 months ago.

Though still trained by Peter Bowen Brunico was sold after last season by Rowland Mansell and now represents two Welsh dairy farmers, Michael Morris and Willie Raymond.

Their horse has won seven times and is ahead of last year’s schedule. Then he first appeared at the beginning of March, scored win number six in the Dudley and collected six more wins in the final five weeks.

This year’s programme has been stretched, the Dudley was his 10th open race run since starting in mid-January.”

At Chaddesley Corbet Friday 23rd April 1993.

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Brunico – Tivyside                             1st                          T Raymond/M Morris        R Treloggen

Treyford – Worcestershire               2nd                         M P Wareing                       A Steel

Konrad Wolf – North Salop              3rd                         Mrs H J Clarke                     S Brookshaw

Also: –

Carrickmines – Talybont                   4th                         L Bowles                              T Jones

Saybright – Grafton                          5th                         G Tarry/Sir M Connell        J Tarry

Easter Frolic – V.W.H.                        6th                         D Caro                                  A Phillips

Moe Greene – Beaufort                    7th                         Mrs D H Galt                       S Sweeting

Park Shade – Heythrop                     PU                         R Mathew                           N Bradley

Sam’s Heritage – South Hereford    PU                         R G Warner                         J Pritchard

Shadow Walker – Worcestershire   PU                         A Hollinsworth                   D Duggan

Space Prince – Golden Valley           PU                         R A Phillips                          C Campbell

11 ran – 3 lengths & 10 lengths

6 minutes 55 seconds

Betting: –

Evens/Fav – Brunico                         5/2 – Sams Heritage                          8/1 – Saybright
14/1 – Shadow Walker                      16/1 –  Konrad Wolf                          25/1 – Moe Green & Easter Frolic
33/1 –  Treyford & Carrickmines      66/1 – Park Shade                              100/1 – Space Prince

1994

“Class came out on top in last Saturday’s Lady Dudley Cup when Yahoo, whose seven seasons under Rules netted £130,000 in win money, galloped imperiously home eight lengths clear of Treyford, who was filling the runners up berth in the Worcestershire’s big race for the third consecutive year.

Yahoo, who was caught on the flat by Desert Orchid in the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has changed hands since Bernard Heffernan gave him such a busy time in the West Country last season. Now, he carries the colours of Robert Jones, who paid 10,000 guineas for him when Heffernan disposed of his string at Malvern last June.

The 13-year-old is trained by the owner’s second cousin, former N.H. jockey Martin Jones, who runs Roger and Yvonne Allsop’s yard near Malvern.

With Julian Pritchard required for Magic Moghul – who was pulled up – Yahoo had a new pilot in Mark Rimell, who did a fine job, sending his mount up to join the pace making Treyford soon after halfway and gaining command with four to jump.

Among the first to congratulate the rider, was his grandmother, former trainer Mercy Rimell.

Glen Oak, stablemate of duel Dudley Cup winner Brunico, never threatened, finishing fourth behind the favourite, Ask Frank, who made some ground from the rear with ever looking likely to do better than third.

“He’s a mudlark really” said Ask Frank’s rider Harry Wheeler”.

Winning connections with the Dudley Cup

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 23rd April 1994

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Yahoo – Ledbury                                1st                          R F Jones                              M Rimell

Treyford – Worcestershire               2nd                         M Wareing                          A Steel

Ask Frank – North Cotswold            3rd                         Mrs R A Price                      H Wheeler

Also: –

Glen Oak – Carmarthenshire           4th                         R J Mansell                          D Duggan

Blakes Orphan – Bicester & W C      5th                         B Finch & Partners             T Illsley

Pikeman – North Hereford               6th                         J R Panniers                         S Blackwell

Parsons Pleasure – Vine & Craven   7th                         Mrs A Bowlby                     C Morlock

Knighton Lad – Enfield Chace           PU                         Mrs N J Marsden                G Godsall

Magic Moghul – South Hereford     PU                         Mrs L A Warner                  P Warner

New Mendoza – Talybont                UR                         Mrs L Richards                    M Jackson

Pamela’s Lad – Albrighton W           PU                         Mrs J H Lloyd                      G Hanmer

Ramlosa – Cotswold                         PU                         G Thompson/M Green      R Hicks

Ticarc – Albrighton W                       PU                         Mrs M B Wilson                  M Wellings

13 ran – 8 lengths & 6 lengths

6 minutes 39 seconds

Betting: –

6/4 Fav – Ask Frank                           5/2 – Treyford                                   4/1 – Parsons Pleasure

5/1 – Glen Oak                                   6/1 – Magic Moghul                         9/1 – Yahoo                                      

10/1 – Pamela’s Lad                          16/1 – Blakes Orphan                       25/1 – Ticarc/Pikeman/Ramlosa

33/1 – New Mendoza/Knighton Lad

Yahoo and Mark Rimell jump an early fence

1995

“Dorset trainer Richard Barber showed the West Midlanders how to do it on Saturday. He travelled a boxful of horses from his yard near Crewkerne to Chaddesley Corbett for the Worcestershire meeting and beat the locals (and others) in the prestigious Lady Dudley Cup, the Ladies Open and one of the Maidens.

This took his tally for the season to 41 races with 26 horses plus two Hunter Chases including the Cheltenham Foxhunters.

For once stable jockey Polly Curling gained only minor limelight. Tim Mitchell took over from her on Bond Jnr in the strictly men-only Dudley and following Barber’s “don’t lead before the last” instructions to the letter, held him back until just the right moment before launching a smooth and decisive assault on the pace-making Final Pride.

Final Pride, from Peter Bowen’s Welsh stable just had the market call over South Shropshire horse Pont de Paix, who took third but Bond Jnr was never offered at much more than half a point better than these two.

The six-year-old owned by his trainer’s brother Paul who was completing a hat-trick after having fallen on his first two runs this year. He won a hurdle from Paul Nicholl’s yard last season and is expected to return there for Novice Chases in the autumn.”

Bond Jnr and Tim Mitchell on their way to victory

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 22nd April 1995

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Bond Jnr – Blackmore and S.V.         1st                          P K Barber                           T Mitchell

Final Pride – Pembrokeshire            2nd                         G Barrett                             E Williams

Pont de Paix – South Salop               3rd                         W D Sykes                           J Pritchard

Also: –

Ask Frank – North Cotswold            4th                         Mrs K M Price                     H Wheeler

Lislary Lad – Talybont                       5th                         L Bowles                              N Mitchell

Royal Saxon – Pembrokeshire          6th                         G Morris/V Phillips             D Duggan

Castlebay Lad – Windsor Forest       PU                         R M McGready                   C Coyne

Pamela’s Lad – Albrighton W           PU                         M A & Mrs J A Lloyd           A Phillips

Treyford – Worcestershire                PU                         M Wareing                          A Steel

9 ran – 4 lengths & 4 lengths

7 minutes 08 seconds

Betting: –

2/1 Fav – Bond Jnr                             5/2 – Final Pride/Pont de Paix          5/1 – Ask Frank

6/1 – Royal Saxon                              8/1 – Castlebay Lad                           20/1 – Pamela’s Lad/Lislary Lad

25/1 – Treyford

1996

“History was made at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday when the nine-year-old Sharinski a horse hunted with the North Ledbury became the first American bred horse to win the Worcestershire Hunts time-honoured Lady Dudley Cup now in its 10th year of sponsorship by The Sporting Life.

Fifteen went to post for the third of the season’s point to point classics and three disputed favouritism, Kettles, Lighten the Load and Shoon Wind at between 7-2 and 3-1.

Kettles, the winner of the first of the seasons classic, the 4-mile race at the Heythrop was nearer last than first throughout the entire journey and eventually came in seventh of nine finishers while Lighten the Load who finished one place ahead of the mare was equally disappointing.

Shoon Wind, however ran a good race under Andrew Dalton to be runner up.

As the field converged on the open ditch for the last time Shoon Wind and The Rum Mariner were showing the way with Better Future, Miners Fortune and Sharinski all handy.

Two fences later with five to go Mark Jackson’s mount went to the front. The rest was plain sailing for Sharinski and he finished with three lengths in hand of Shoon Wind, with Better Future another two lengths away in third followed home by Notanotherone.

Owned by Mrs Joanna Yeomans a well-known event rider and the financial director of an electronics company in Malvern, Sharinski – placed on the flat and a winner of a novice chase before he started pointing – was brought from Rod Jukes four years ago by Jonathan Rudge who has won six points with him, four over the former Dudley Cup course at Upton-on-Severn”.

Sharinski and winning connections

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 20th April.

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Sharinski – North Ledbury                1st                          Mrs G Yeomans                  M Jackson

Shoon Wind – Wheatland                2nd                         J N Dalton                            A Dalton

Better Future – Berkeley                   3rd                         C Hitchings                          B Potts

Also: –

Notanotherone – Brecon                  4th                         R D Light                              B Lloyd

Leigh Boy – Ledbury                          5th                         P Thomas                            J Pritchard

Lighten the Load – Gelligaer F          6th                         J S Payne                             A Wintle

Kettles – Ledbury                              7th                         Mrs M R Daniells                A Phillips

Sam’s Heritage – Ross Harriers        8th                         C G Smedley                        H Wheeler

Shadow Walker – Worcestershire   9th                         A Hollinsworth                   G Barfoot-Saunt

Bear’s Flight – Vine & Craven           PU                         Mrs J Haddon-Wright        J Haddon-Wright

Chip N’Run – South Salop                 UR                         F D Cornes                           J Cornes

Coombesbury Lad – North Ledbury PU                         C E & N F Williams              T Stephenson

Miners Fortune – South Hereford   PU                         S Rammel                            G Hanmer

Tap Dancing – Croome & W W         PU                         N A Allen                             N Bradley

The Rum Mariner – Radnor & W.H. PU                         T A Rodgers                         M Harris

15 ran – 3 lengths & 2 lengths

6 minutes 40 seconds

Betting: –

7/2 Fav – Kettles                               5/1 – Lighten the Load                      6/1 – Shoon Wind

9/1 – Sharinski/Chip N’Run              12/1 – Miners Fortune                     14/1 – The Rum Mariner/Leigh Boy

16/1 – Better Future                         20/1 – Sam’s Heritage                      20/1 – Coombesbury Lad

25/1 – Notanotherone/Bears Flight 33/1 – Tap Dancing/Shadow Walker

1997

“A star was born at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday when Double Thriller won the Sporting Life sponsored Lady Dudley Cup in decisive fashion at the Worcestershire.

Seven set out for this prestigious event which was celebrating its centenary and Double Thriller was backed from 6-1 to 5-1 behind the two market leaders Still in Business and Minella Express.

Forcing the pace along with Minella Express Double Thriller showed ahead six from home but was being attacked on all sides at the cross fence four out.

The challenges of both Minella Express, who made a mistake here, and Still in Business who patently failed to see out the extended trip soon petered out and it was left to the five year old Zambrano under Seamus Durack to throw down the only serious threat in the home straight.

Joe Tizzard merely had to change his hands on Double Thriller two from home however to forge clear and record a three-length success with Peanuts Pet staying on for third, 12 lengths behind.

Double Thriller owned by Reg Wilkins and qualified with the Mendip Farmers looked outstanding in the paddock before the race and may next appear at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase fixture in eight day time.

Credit should also be paid to Zambrano who was fitted with a visor for the first time here and acquitted himself with honours in defeat”.

Double Thriller and Joe Tizzard (yellow) at a early fence

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 19th April 1997.

Going: – Firm with Good to Firm patches

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Double Thriller – Mendip Farmers  1st                          R G Wilkins                          J Tizzard

Zambrano – Berks & Bucks               2nd                         D L Williams                        S Durack

Peanuts Pet – Bramham                   3rd                         J W Walmsley                     R Walmsley

Also: –    

Still in Business – Cattistock             4th                          R G Williams                       T Mitchell

Minella Express – Croome & W W   5th                         A & Mrs l Brazier                J Pritchard

Sharinski – North Ledbury                6th                         Mrs J Yeomans                    M Rimell

Springfield Lad – North Cotswold    PU                         J L & Miss L Robbins           E Walker

7 ran – 3 lengths & 12 lengths

6 minutes 42.5 seconds

Betting: –

4/5 Fav – Still in Business                 100/30 – Minella Express                 5/1 – Double Thriller

6/1 – Peanuts Pet                              25/1 – Sharinski                                33/1 – Zambrano

50/1 – Springfield Lad                      

1998

“Andrew Dalton rode three of Saturdays Worcestershire winners but the major prize eluded him when the odds on Solba failed by one and a half lengths to peg back the front running Perfect Light in the Lady Dudley Cup.

Ex-chaser Solba had won six successive races since starting over the Chaddesley Course in February. He had been made to struggle a bit only in the third of these at Upton in mid-march.

Adrian Wintle subsequently injured a foot in a bizarre accident with Perfect Light at the Clifton so trainer Mark Jackson rode the horse to win an Eaton Hall intermediate and was in the saddle again on Saturday. Once more he jumped off in front and stayed there being careful to allow Perfect Light the occasional breather.

Solba who had conceded 7 lb to Perfect Light when he beat him before, never sparkled, hanging badly. He sustained a nasty bruise to his hock when struck into behind at the second fence though Dalton did not offer that as an excuse.

Third place Ronans Glen went well often outjumping Solba as they shared the pursuit but the Heythrop 4- mile winner Better Future ran a stinker. Likewise, disappointing was the lack of support for the big race but even though only five started they produced a fascinating contest.

Jackson had won the Dudley two years ago on Sharinski with Dalton runner up on Shoon Wind. “

At Chaddesley Corbett – Saturday 18th April 1998

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Perfect Light – North Hereford        1ST                         V Gethin/Miss F Stone       M Jackson

Solba – Wheatland                            2nd                         Mrs S L Barber                    A Dalton

Ronans Glen – North Cotswold        3rd                         G Smyly                               M Rimell

Also: –

Springfield Lad – North Cotswold    4th                         J L & Miss L Robbins           E Walker

Better Future – Ledbury                   PU                         C J Hitchings                       T Stephenson

5 ran – 1-1/2 lengths & 6 lengths

6 minutes 54.7 seconds

Betting: –

4/6 Fav – Solba                                  100/30 – Ronans Glen                      7/1 – Perfect Light

8/1 – Better Future                           50/1 – Springfield Lad

1999

“Solba produced a surging finish for rider Andrew Dalton to master a high-class field in Saturdays Racing Post sponsored Lady Dudley Cup.

This win, the third in four runs this year for Solba realised a dream for owner Sandra Barber. “I’m a Worcestershire girl come home” she said in the winner’s enclosure explaining that though she lives just outside Wolverhampton she was born and brought up in nearby Bromsgrove and had always dreamed of winning hunts racings oldest point to point classic.

Solba’s only defeat in seven outings last year was by Perfect Light in the Dudley Cup during which he was struck into. This year’s one failure a third at Market Rasen in February was put down to trainer error by Heather Dalton, who also saddled Mickthecutaway (Richard Burton) in the big race.

He was always harrying the pace-making Mounthenry Star (Julian Pritchard) who without the fast ground he loves could offer no more when Mickthecutaway went by five out. Solba, always handy joined his stablemate at the next, led into the straight and strode away to score by 10-lengths from four time winner Henry Bruce (David Mansell) who caught Mickthecutaway on the run in.

The favourite, Alastair’s Crow’s mount Lord Harry took fourth from a tired Mounthenry Star. Crow said the seven year old did not act on the ground.”

At Chaddesley Corbett. Saturday 17th April 1999

Going: – Good to Soft

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Solba – Wheatland                            1st                          Mrs S L Barber                    A Dalton

Henry Bruce – Worcestershire         2nd                         Miss T McCurrich               D Mansell

                                                                                          Mrs S Cartridge

Mickthecutaway – Wheatland         3rd                         Mr & Mrs A J Brazier          R Burton

Also: –

Lord Harry – North Salop                  4th                         M J Parr                               A Crow

Mounthenry Star – Cotswold           5th                         Mrs V Ramm                       J Pritchard

Double Collect – Bilsdale                  PU                         M B Mawhinney                 M Mawhinney

Forest Fountain – Albrighton W      PU                         J D & Mrs A M Callow         E Williams

Maharani – Clifton-on-Teme            PU                         M J Roberts                         T Stephenson

8 ran – 10 lengths & 4 lengths

6 minutes 51.1 seconds

Betting: –

3/1 Fav – Lord Harry                         110/30 – Solba                   7/2 – Mounthenry Star

5/1 – Henry Bruce                             7/1 – Mickthecutaway       14/1 – Forest Fountain

16/1 – Maharani                               33/1 – Double Collect

2000

“The Racing Post sponsored Lady Dudley Cup produced a shock result when Solba odds on to repeat last year’s win and land his fourth successive Open this season was soundly beaten by a horse whose original target was the Ladies race on the same card.

Debbie Jackson would have ridden Distinctive in the Ladies Open had she not injured her shoulder in a fall two weeks earlier since when Caroline Chadney and Derek Tyler have been lending invaluable assistance”.

The race attracted the smallest field in its history with just four runners going to post and it was won by Adrian Wintle on Distinctive whose owner’s husband Tommy won the race in 1984 on Darlingate.

11 year old Distinctive, a decent handicap chaser for several seasons with Mark Wilkinson was having his first seasons pointing, after being bought for 2,800 gns at Doncaster by Debbie Jackson.

Ridden for the first time by Adrian Wintle, Distinctive was always in front jumping quickly and boldly. Behind him Solba was by contrast slow and sticky at almost every fence, as he fought for the runners up berth with the Glamorgan qualified Crèam Supreme.

He eventually won that battle, but was 20 lengths behind Distinctive at the post. Trainer-rider Andrew Dalton had no excuses or explanation “I picked the wrong horse” he said ruefully referring to a decision to run Solba instead of Mickthecutaway.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 15th April 2000.

Going: – Good to Soft, Soft in Places

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Distinctive – North Ledbury             1st                          Mrs D Jackson                     A Wintle

Solba – Wheatland                            2nd                         A J Brazier/B S Smith          A Dalton

Cream Supreme – Glamorgan          3rd                         Mrs J M Hegarty                 E Williams

Also: –

Better Future – Ledbury                   PU                         C J Hitchings                       T Stephenson

4 ran – 20 lengths & 10 lengths

6 minutes 47.2 seconds

Betting: –

4/6 Fav – Solba                                  5/2 – Distinctive                                6/1 – Crèam Supreme

12/1 – Better Future

2001

No meeting took place this year due to Foot and Mouth Restrictions

2002

“Sometimes in this unforgiving sport cherished dreams are fulfilled – on rarer occasions it goes further, lifting the moment to an ethereal level.

Trainer Marilyn Scudamore experienced such an occasion at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday when she not only saddled Greenwich to win one of the sport’s most prestigious races, the Racing Post Lady Dudley Cup, but she enjoyed the thrill of her first treble, when Gipsy Cricketer and Zaffaran Winds also scored.

Greenwich’s win topped the achievements as he battled hard to keep the Alastair Crow ridden Lord Harry at bay by three quarters of a length with the favourite Elliewelliewoo a sporting contender from Caroline Egalton’s Devon yard 12 lengths back in third under Leslie Jefford.

Scudamore’s triumph was shared by Robert Biddlecombe 19 who has progressed considerably as a rider in the past year and who was also enjoying a maiden hat-trick as he took his seasonal score in 13 wins in Points. Greenwich a sleek black eight-year-old small in stature but big in heart has provided seven of those victories in an unbeaten sequence.

Biddlecombe the son of a champion jockey and destined to turn professional in time will probably have bigger days but to be at Scudamore’s side during the afternoon was to sense that this was an occasion will always hold a special place in her heart.

In tears as friends rushed to congratulate her and then fleet footed down to the course as Biddlecombe dismounted Greenwich who was rendered briefly short of breath as he pulled up – Scudamore latter revealed that the Racing Post Lady Dudley Cup has long been on her list of ambitions.

She said “My parents are from the Ledbury country, and I used to come here as a little girl. It’s always been a race I wanted to win. You always dream but todays race produced such a good field that we would have been delighted to have been placed”.

Greenwich carried the colours of Jenny Powell, who attended the meeting supported by her husband Christopher and daughter Katie. They bought the horse through David Minton as a four year old at Doncaster for 3,200 gns but he was so small that the agent refused to take a fee. “I told them I’d have a case of wine if he won a race, but I didn’t realise I’d have to wait for four years.

Greenwich’s progress has been one of the stories of the season. He won a Maiden at Cottenham on the opening day after 19 previous attempts ended in failure. Scudamore who trains just three horses said “I’ve always thought Point to Point fences would suit him because he’s so small and it was only foot and mouth which wrecked our plans last year”.

“Mentally he’s happy now but he needs two or three weeks between races and I won’t be chasing the award for the season’s most successful horse. If that happens, fine but he won’t be risked”.

The winning trainer paid tribute to the volunteers who watered the course and filled holes with several tons of topsoil

“They worked very hard and deserve a lot of credit” said Scudamore who echoed the views of many.

Crow on the runner up said “Lord Harry couldn’t act on the dead ground on the far side, but then flew in the straight. He’s pretty much back to his best and could take some beating at Stratford”.

Jefford, who rode Elliewelliewoo said “The patchy ground didn’t help but she’s been beaten by two good horses. We’ve no complaints”.

Micky Harris who rode fourth placed Hurdante for Linda Parkers Carmarthenshire stable said “I sat on him for the first time in the paddock and he’s run a cracker. He’ll win as 2 mile 5 furlong Hunter Chase”.

Julian Pritchard sat out the race after Mounthenry Star was not declared due to the going but for the riders, the moment belonged to Biddlecombe.

Greenwich and Robert Biddlecombe (right) chasing Caher Society at half way

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 20th April 2002

Going: – Good/Good to Soft in places – Patchy

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Greenwich – Cotswold                      1st                          Mrs J Powell                        R Biddlecombe

                                                                                          Mrs M Scudamore

Lord Harry – North Salop                  2nd                         M J Parr                               A Crow

Elliewelliewoo – East Devon             3rd                         Mrs C Egalton                     L Jefford

Also: –

Hurdante – Clifton-on-Teme            4th                         D W Parker                          M Harris

Parahandy – Cotswold                       5th                         G Dowty                              H Dowty

Caher Society – Albrighton                             6th                         R J Swinburne                     P Morris

McHattie – Meynell & S S                 7th                         Sir S Clarke                          S Walsh

Hillhead – Bedale                               8th                         Major R Alers-Hankey        R Alers-Hankey

Alaskan Heir – Albrighton W            PU                         Miss W M Bayliss               M Keel

Freestyler – Cheshire                        PU                         Mrs B L Shaw                      R Burton

No Fiddling – North Hereford          PU                         Miss R Reynolds                 D Mansell

11 ran – ¾ length & 12 lengths

6 minutes 49 seconds

Betting: –

5/6 Fav  – Elliewelliewoo                   7/2 – Lord Harry                                9/2 – Greenwich

14/1 – Parahandy/Freestyler           16/1 – McHattie                                33/1 – Caher Society/No Fiddling

50/1 – Alaskan Heir/Hurdante/Hillhead

2003

“Followers of the “outsider of three” system collected when Paymaster held on to win the Racing Post Weekender Lady Dudley Cup by a fast dwindling neck from Fontaine Again.

Veteran General Wolfe the Martell Foxhunters runner up who just held the market call over Fontaine Again trailed in a disappointing third.

The field of three was the smallest since this Point to Point classic was established in 1897 and the most frustrated spectator must have been Clerk of the Course Robert Chugg for whom the turn-out was scant reward for his days of watering and spiking to produce acceptable ground.

General Wolfe who had made the journey up from Cornwall made much of the early running but his Bromsgrove based owner Mark Gichero knew his fate as the 14-year-old began to weaken down the back straight.

Fontaine Again took up the running but was closely pursued by Paymaster. There was nothing between the two horses at the third from home but Julian Pritchard’s mount had drawn 6 lengths clear by the next and still held a healthy advantage at the last, but suddenly Paymaster’s stride began to shorten so there was only a neck separating them at the post.

To most seasoned observers, Paymaster appeared to be coming to the end of his tether, but Pritchard stated afterwards that he had not been too strong at the finish because of a knock of the knee he had sustained following a rare unseat from Lestat in the previous race.

Trained at Naunton by Jelly Nolan New Zealand export Paymaster had won his previous start on firm ground at Badbury Rings. After arriving in this country, we won a minor novice hurdle but otherwise failed to achieve distinction with Henrietta Knight who suggested that the eight year old might benefit from a season between the flags”.

 

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 19th April 2003

Going: – Good to Firm with Good to Soft patches

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Paymaster – Heythrop                     1st                          A Auer/J Eddie                    J Pritchard

                                                                                          C Sweeting

Fontaine Again – Ledbury                 2nd                         C J Hitchings                       T Stephenson

General Wolfe – Stevenstone           3rd                         M D Gichero                        T Dennis

3 ran – Neck & 20 lengths

6 minutes 57.7 seconds

Betting: –

Evens Fav – General Wolfe               6/5 – Fontaine Again                        11/2 – Paymaster

2004

“Caught At Dawn took one of the sport’s biggest prizes after his success in Saturdays Lady Dudley Cup.

This race has been a feature of the Worcestershire Point to Point since it was first presented in 1897 and its roll of honour includes some of the best horses to have graced the sport over the last 100 years.

They were joined over the weekend by 17-year-old Worcester schoolboy Tom Weston who steered Caught At Dawn to victory over one of the best fields assembled in recent years.

11 runners faced the starter, with Coole Venture preferred in the market to West Country challenger Out the Black while Caught At Dawn the punters third choice.

Picket Piece led for a majority of the race and was still in front racing down the back straight for the last time but Caught At Dawn took the lead with a magnificent jump at the 17th and had gone three lengths clear climbing the final hill.

Dominic Alers Hankey and Out the Black were alive to this danger and went in pursuit of Weston’s mount as they turned for home and were poised to strike on the heels of the leader but a mistake at the penultimate and another at the final obstacle sealed their fate.

Caught Aat Dawn who had been foot perfect throughout put in another spectacular jump at the last to secure victory. The winning combination returned to rapturous applause from the locals, as Caught at Dawn became the first Worcestershire horse to win this prestigious trophy since Darlingate back in 1984.

Caught At Dawn’s form has flourished this year and he was recording his fifth successive win in the colours of Hindlip (Worcester) farmer Martin Weston who acquired the horse from his younger brother John. The 10-year-old started his career in Point to Points then ran under Rules in Ireland before he was acquired as a schoolmaster for Tom three years ago, and what a schoolmaster he has turned out to be!”

Caught at Dawn and Tom Weston on their way to victory

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 17th April 2004

Going: – Good. Good to Soft in places

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Caught At Dawn – Worcestershire  1st                          M H Weston                        T Weston

Out the Black – Mendip Farmers     2nd                         J R Drummond                    D Alers-Hankey

Watchyourback – Ludlow                 3rd                         Miss S Bold                          R Hodges

Also: –

Haste Ye Back – Ross Harriers          4th                         M Scudamore Jnr               N Oliver

Picket Piece – Cotswold                    5th                         Mrs R Mackness                 M Goldstein

Bright Beacon – Pentyrch                 CO                         Mrs P Tollit                          E Williams

Caher Society – Albrighton                             PU                         R J Swinburne                     P Morris

Coole Venture – North Salop           PU                         J A Griffiths/E H Crow        R Burton

Martha Jane – Albrighton W            F                            Mrs J Breedon                     P Newton

Southern Cross – North Ledbury     F                            M Stephenson                    T Stephenson

The Kings Fling – V.W.H.                   PU                         Countess Goess-Saurau     J Pritchard

11 ran – 5 lengths & 25 lengths

Time: – 6 minutes 52.5 seconds

Betting: –

9/4 Jt.Fav – Coole Venture               9/4 Jt Fav – Out the Black                  3/1 Caught At Dawn

5/1 – Bright Beacon                          6/1 – Haste Ye Back                           16/1 – The Kings Fling

20/1 – Watchyourback                     20/1 – Picket Piece                            25/1 – Caher Society

50/1 – Southern Cross                      66/1 – Martha Jane

 

2005

Just Cliquot had to share the headlines after her success in The Lady Dudley Cup with Julian Pritchard who had set a new record of 346 winners at the Ledbury a few days earlier.

“Having her first run since finishing seventh in the Cheltenham Foxhunters, Just Cliquot. a daughter of Gunner B, became the first mare in the last 15 years to carry off the Weekender sponsored Lady Dudley Cup when getting the better of Merry Path after a titanic struggle over the final three fences.

Last year’s winner Caught at Dawn was odds on but never looked like reproducing his excellent run behind Katarino at Aintree nine days earlier. He was sending out distress signals with half the final circuit to run.

Ten went to post where Just Cliquot was one of two to play up and delay the start. The other, Richard Burton’s mount Quality First planted at flag fall. Outsider Derringtogher Yank made most of the running until swallowed up on the climb to the home turn by Just Cliquot and Merry Path, who battled stride for stride over the last three fences, with the mare getting the upper hand 50 yards from home.

It was another memorable winning ride by Gary Hanmer who is planning retirement from the racing saddle after a 20-year career which brought him 152 successes many of them from his own yard in Cheshire.

Just Cliquot qualified with the Ludlow, is trained by Corinne Swarbrick daughter of owner Ken Hamer and his wife June, who had died eight weeks before.

The trainer missed seeing much of the Dudley action. She had gone to the start to be on hand if her charge misbehaved.”

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 16th April.

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Just Cliquot – Ludlow                         1st                          Mr & Mrs K Hamer             G Hanmer

Merry Path – Worcestershire          2nd                         Mr & Mrs W Rucker           J Tudor

Derringtogher Yank – Worcs Drag   3rd                         Miss R Reynolds                 D Mansell

Also: –

Galway – South Hereford                 4th                         Mrs M Scudamore             N Oliver

Kerstino Two – Mendip Farmers     5th                         Mrs L Suenson-Taylor        D Alers-Hankey

Double Ange – North Cotswold       6th                         D Parker                              J Pritchard

Forest Ivory – North Cotswold         7th                         Lady M Coventry                J Goss

Caught at Dawn – Worcestershire   PU                         M H Weston                        T Weston

Little Ora – North Ledbury               PU                         M Alfrey                              S Joynes

Quality First – Albrighton                 RTR                        A N Dalton                           R Burton

10 ran – 1-3/4 lengths& 20 lengths

6 minutes 46.3 seconds

Betting: –

4/7 Fav – Caught at Dawn                5/1 – Kerstino Two                            8/1 – Quality First

8/1 – Just Cliquot                              9/1 – Merry Path                               10/1 – Double Ange

16/1 – Galway                                   40/1 – Derringtogether Yank           40/1 – Forest Ivory

50/1 – Little Ora

2006

“The Lady Dudley Cup is one of our sports most prestigious prizes, but it sometimes fails to produce a race to match its status. That statement could not be said of Saturday’s renewal, which to most seasoned observers provided the best quality race since Frozen Dawn won back in 1970.

Cath Williams defied predictions and ran all three of her entries. They dominated the betting with Cannon Bridge favourite at around 100/30, with stablemates Ballylusky at 7/2 and Unmistakably at 4/1.

Cannon Bridge adopted his customary front running tactics so the runners were already well spread out as approaching the 6th. The order remained unchanged with Cannon Bridge maintaining a useful advantage over Ballylusky and Unmistakably with Another Raleagh in close attendance as they passed halfway.

Cannon Bridge started to lose his place soon afterwards and had already dropped out of contention when he was pulled up and dismounted by Dai Jones after breaking a blood vessel at the 13th. “It’s the first time it has happened and now we need to work it through and get to the bottom of it”, said Cath Williams on Sunday night.

Un Jour A Vassy was starting to make some progress when he parted company with Alistair Ralph at this obstacle.

After such a fast and furious pace only three horses had a chance of winning at this point; with Ballylusky and Another Raleagh vying for the lead, while Unmistakably was breathing down their necks in third.

James Tudor made his bid for glory as they turned into the home straight and had drawn clear of his stable companion when Ballylusky fell heavily at the penultimate. Another Raleagh tired visibly over the final three fences whereas Richard Burton’s mount Paddy for Paddy finished strongly to grab the runners up spot just before the last.

“I was never in any doubt as to the speed or how we were travelling” said James who clearly knows this horse inside out riding him in all his work at home.

It’s a fabulous result – James really deserved that and it was made even more special because owner Christine Banks was out first paying customer” added Cath Williams.

The winner carries the colours of Himbleton based Christine Banks. She is the daughter of the redoubtable Pat Tollit and Mrs Banks recalled that these famous colours had been carried to victory by her grandfather Harold Rushton who rode his brilliant grey O’Dell to victory back in 1936.”

 

Unmistakably and James Tudor clear the last

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 1st April 2006

Going: – Good to Soft, Soft in Places

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Unmistakably – Worcestershire      1st                          Mrs C Banks                        J Tudor

Paddy for Paddy – Wheatland         2nd                         Mrs J Thornton                   R Burton

Another Raleagh – Cotswold            3rd                         G M McPherson                 L Payter

Also: –

Maximize – East Devon                     4th                         D Edwards                           D Edwards

County Derry – Dulverton (E)           5th                         G T Lever                             N Harris

Toscanini – North Hereford              6th                         Bathfields Partnership       S Gray

Ballylusky – Worcestershire             F                            Mr & Mrs W Rucker           N Williams

Border Fusion – Cheshire                 PU                         G Crawford                          S Morris

Cannon Bridge – Pentyrch                PU                         K Pritchard                          D Jones

Happy Minstral – Wheatland           PU                         Miss J J Allen                       H Kinchin

Irilut – Warwickshire                         PU                         R Waley Cohen                   S Waley Cohen

Shellin Hills – Wheatland                  PU                         F L Matthews                      L Edwards            

Trooper – South Notts                      PU                         A Woodward                       A Woodward

Un Jour A Vassy – Croome & W W   PU                         Mrs D Ralph                        A Ralph

14 ran – 12 lengths & 2-1/2 lengths

6 minutes 51.8 seconds

Betting: –

100/30 Fav – Cannon Bridge            7/2 – Ballylusky                                 4/1 – Unmistakably

6/1 – Border Fusion                          7/1 – Another Raleagh                      8/1 – Paddy for Paddy

9/1 – Un Jour A Vassy                       14/1 – County Derry/Irilut               25/1 – Maximize

50/1 – Toscanini                                66/1 – Trooper/Happy Minstral      200/1 – Shellin Hills

2007

“Seven days previously Sam Waley Cohen had a chance of winning the Grand National. Nothing compares with the thrill of riding over those formidable fences, but on Saturday afternoon, the Waley Cohen family combined to take one of the most sought-after prizes on the Point-to-Point calendar, the Lady Dudley Cup.

Ballylusky and Patches dominated the market with the latter sent off at just a shade shorter odds than his rival.

Richard Burton sent the favourite to the front from the start of the 3 mile 2 furlong trip and they were still in the same position as the runners raced down the back straight for the final time.

The race was just coming to a boil with the huge crowd anticipating a fascinating climax with the final half-mile determining the destination of this prestigious trophy.

Ballylusky held a 5-length advantage at one point but this was gradually reduced as they raced towards the 16th at the far end of the course.

Still a couple of lengths clear at the time Ballylusky tried to run out and parted company with Richard Burton, and that left Patches with a clear advantage. “I was conscious of not letting anyone up my inside, so I took a tight line, and unfortunately he went down the vehicle run through on the left-hand side of the fence” explained Richard afterwards.

As normal, Irilut had been held up by Sam Waley Cohen but they jumped the third from home in the leaders  company before Irilut opened up a clear advantage at the next.

He was about 8-lengths clear when Patches stride began to shorten approaching the final obstacle where he was quickly pulled up and dismounted by Nick Scholfield. It later transpired he had broken down on his near fore.

According to owner Robert Waley Cohen “Irilut is getting even better. He has won 15 times for us and that was his 5th Open win of the season plus a Hunter Chase”. Irilut finished unplaced in the race last year but “that was due to the soft ground and conditions were much more in his favour this year”.

Winning jockey Sam Waley Cohen said “It was always the plan to come late – it was how we thought we could beat Ballylusky, and I was happy to let Patches do the legwork up the hill” said the jockey, who opted for Chaddesley over riding Shatabdi in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr.”

Sam Waley Cohen and Irilut pass the post

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 21st April 2007.

Going: – Good to Firm – Watered

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Irilut – Warwickshire                         1st                          R Waley Cohen                   S Waley Cohen

Sharlom – Worcestershire               2nd                         Morris/McCurrich              M Harris

Houlihans Free – North Cotswold   3rd                         I Beale                                  M Wall

Also: –

Magicien – Teme Valley                    4th                         Mrs B L Gibbons                 A Brown

Ballylusky – Worcestershire             RO                         Mr and Mrs W Rucker        R Burton

Patches – Blackmore and SV            PU                         Mrs M G Barber                  N Scholfield

6 ran – Distance & 8 lengths

6 minutes 36.9 seconds

Betting: –

13/8 Fav – Ballylusky                        7/4 – Patches                                     3/1 – Irilut

12/1 – Sharlom                                 16/1 – Houlihans Free/Magician

2008

“There were smiles on the faces of Peter and Liza Hall after Cottage River helped them achieve what many others spend a lifetime pursuing – winning one of the most sought after prizes in the sport, the Lady Dudley Cup.

The official going was good but that was not sufficient to persuade the connections of Coolefind to take his chance and he remained in his box.

The owners of 8 other horses did not have any fears about the ground and as the runners went to post for the final classic of the season Irilut was favourite at 9-4, although there was also significant support for The Hookie Bookie and Cottage River.

Ran Morgan and Gentle Rivage set a strong pace so this was always going to be a true run race and for most of the first circuit they held a narrow lead over Cottage River and the Welsh challenger Cannon Bridge, with the others in close attendance, while The Hookie Bookie had already made a couple of mistakes before he was pulled up by Tom Ellis after making another at the 11th.

Gentle Rivage maintained his lead until the 13th but at the open ditch on the far side of the course he was passed in the air by Cottage River with Cannon Bridge 3-lengths away in third, while Irilut was noted making progress into fourth.

Having committed a long way from home, Dave Mansell was pushing Cottage River along to maintain their advantage as they made the climb into the home straight, where Irilut began to make their bid for glory.

Peter & Lisa Hall, Jockey Dave Mansell and his wife Julie

Cottage River skipped over the third last and the gap over his pursuers increased and at this point it was evident that Irilut was not going to repeat last year’s success. Cottage River held a healthy advantage at the penultimate but Dai Jones’s mount Cannon Bridge began to look threatening as Irilut weakened into third place.

Cottage River’s stride began to shorten as they came to the last and this coupled with Cannon Bridge’s renewed effort had the crowd on its feet, but having safely negotiated the last, Dave Mansell drove his mount out to claim one of the sports best pieces of silverware.

The jockey reported afterwards “that the horse does nothing when he hits the front but always finds more if required”. This was the first win in the race for Bishops Cleeve based David Mansell and it also provided the Berkeley with their first win in the Cups 110-year history.

This victory was yet another feather in the training cap of North Nibley trainer Julie Houldey. She has always said that the horse “just gallops and stays” while Peter Hall said the 8-year-old is just like clockwork “you wind him up and he just keeps galloping”.

Peter and Lisa Hall, Dave and Julie Mansell and Cottage River

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 19th April 2008

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Cottage River – Berkeley                   1st                          Mr & Mrs P Hall                  D Mansell

Cannon Bridge – Pentyrch                2nd                         K Pritchard                          D Jones

Irilut – Warwickshire                         3rd                         R Waley Cohen                   S Waley Cohen

Also: –

Gentle Rivage – Cotswold                4th                         G & D Keys                          R Morgan

Amadeus – Worcs & W F Drag         5th                         Lt Col C Crewdson              B Poste

Infrasonique – South Salop              PU                         Mrs J Scott                          G Scott

Magicien – Teme Valley                    PU                         Mrs B L Gibbons                 A Wintle

The Hookie Bookie – Bicester/WC   PU                         Mrs M Upstone                  T Ellis

8 ran – 1-1/4 lengths & 7 lengths

6 minutes 35.2 seconds

Betting: –

9/4 Fav – Irilut                                   3/1 – Cottage River                                          3/1 – The Hookie Bookie

9/2 – Cannon Bridge                         14/1 – Gentle Rivage/Magicien                      33/1 – Amadeus 

50/1 – Infrasonique

2009

“Distant Thunder galloped to victory in the Weekender sponsored Lady Dudley Cup being left unchallenged after Gaelsbob came down three from home when still about a length to the good. So, the runner ups berth went to the consistent Cannon Bridge, who had also been second in last year’s big race.

Gaelsbob’s rider Tom Weston who had won the Dudley on Caught at Dawn in 2004, was disinclined to speculate on what might have been, other than to confirm that his mount “stays and stays”.

Left on his own, Distant Thunder slowed dramatically over the last two fences, “He doesn’t like being in front” said rider Richard Burton. He was scoring his first win in the Lady Dudley, as was the 11-year-olds Somerset trainer Guy Landau.

Distant Thunder owned by Susan Humphreys and a once useful chaser (rated 142) had disappointed in his previous run in the Aintree Foxhunters, not taking much interest after being badly hampered at the fist fence.

However, before that he had triumphed in the Coronation Cup at Larkhill after it had been transferred to the New Forest meeting following the loss of the United Services fixture. He is the first horse to win these two classic races in the same season since Holland House in 1994.

His lead in the Brightwell Insurance Order of Excellence series – both races were double points scorers – is now unassailable as only two single point qualifiers remain”.

At Chaddesley Corbett. Saturday 18th April.

Going: – Good, Good to Firm in places

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Distant Thunder – S & W Wilts        1st                          Mrs S Humphreys                             R Burton

Cannon Bridge – Pentyrch                2nd                         K Pritchard                          D Jones

Wickford – South Hereford              3rd                         Lt Col C Crewdson              A Wintle

Also: –

Fergals Find – Cotswold                    4th                         Mrs P Duncan                     R Morgan

Gaelsbob – North Cotswold             F                            Miss E J Baker                     T Weston

Home Made – North Shropshire     PU                         P Harvey                                             J Jarrett

Lord Attica – Bicester & W C            PU                         Mrs S D Booker                   D Mansell

Premium First – Ledbury                  PU                         C J Hitchings                       N Oliver

Royal Coburg – North Cotswold      PU                         Miss M Bayliss                    M Wall

9 ran – 10 lengths & 12 lengths

6 minutes 36.6 seconds

Betting: –

13/8 Fav – Distant Thunder             3/1 – Gaelsbob                                  4/1- Fergals Find

11/2 – Cannon Bridge                       10/1 – Wickford                                14/1 – Home Made

20/1 – Lord Attica                             22/1 – Premium First                        33/1 – Royal Coburg

2010

Chilling Place made it four wins from four runs with almost contemptuous ease in the last of the season’s classics, the historic Lady Dudley Cup

First run in 1897 the race is nowadays sponsored by the Weekender to the tune of £1000 and is a double points scorer in the Weekender/Brightwell’s Insurance Order of Excellence series.

So in addition to the £650 win money, Chilling Place collected 14 points at £30 a point (£420) making a total pot for owner/trainer Mike Tuckey a very worthwhile £1070.

No wonder he said “It can’t get better than that” as he watched his rider son Ben unsaddle the winner.

Ben feared he might have hit the front too soon but he had little option but to take over from the weakening Marblehead at the last ditch and then gradually stretch his winning margin to 15-lengths over the next half dozen fences.

Chilling Place may next be seen in Stratford’s Final Championship. He was tried in a couple of Hunter Chases last season on his final run finishing a creditable half-length second to Craiglands over 2 miles 5 furlongs at the Cheltenham evening meeting with the rider putting up 6 lb overweight.

Once again none of the first three home – Marblehead just held off Up There for second place – had collected previous points in the Order of Excellence (only Lord Attica had and he was among those pulling up) so Chilling Place now shares top spot with 4 others on 14 Points.

After their big win, the owner commented “It does not get any better than that, we have wanted to have a go at this race for a long time but this is as far as the horse wants”.

 

At Chaddesley Corbett. Saturday 17th April 2009

Going: – Good to Firm Watered

 Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Chilling Place – Bicester & W C         1st                          M J Tuckey                          B Tuckey

Marblehead – North Cotswold        2nd                         Mrs S Collett                       M Wall

Up There – Ledbury                           3rd                         Mrs R Jones                         L Payter

Also: –

Commander Vic – Blackmore & SV  PU                         Mrs F Bishop                       T Bishop

Lagosta – Ludlow                               PU                         S J Graham                          T Weston

Lord Attica – Bicester & W C            PU                         S D Booker                           R Hodges

Maletton – Worcestershire              PU                         P R M Phillips                      D Griffiths

7 ran – 15 lengths & neck

6 minutes 31.5 seconds

Betting: –

13/8 Fav – Chilling Place                   3/1 – Marblehead                             3/1 – Commander Vic

7/1 – Up There                                   14/1 – Lagosta                                   20/1 – Lord Attica

25/1 – Maletton

2011

“Surenaga galloped home a very impressive winner of the last of the season’s Classics, The Weekender-sponsored Lady Dudley Cup with Ben Poste taking over in the saddle from trainer Sally Randell in this Men’s Open over an extended 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

The 11 starters represented 10 different hunts but nothing looked like testing the winner once Poste kicked for home four fences out.

He was followed in at a very respectful 15-lengths by Cedrus Libani who had behaved himself for once and just held second from Nomadic Dreamer.

Owned by Ken Price, who bought him from Ireland where he won a chase and a point, Surenaga had made a winning debut in British Hunt racing on the first day of the season at Black Forest Lodge last November, when Randell whose stable is at Pyle, near Bridgend rode him to win the Mixed Open.

He returned to the Devon track in January to run second to Picaroon before beating Blu Teen in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown again with the trainer in the saddle.

On 5 lb better terms Blu Teen gained a five length revenge in the Grand Military Gold Cup on the Esher course but then Surenaga returned to Point-to-Pointing to gain his third win of the season when triumphing over Lady Myfanwy in the Ledbury Mixed Open.

Randell was on top again there as Poste, although booked for the ride had to forgo the pleasure as he was awaiting the results of a concussion test.

He had his chance on Saturday and although the watching trainer at first feared he might have gone too soon the horse as usual was putting in all his best work in the closing stages.

“He jumped brilliantly and the further we went the better” said Poste after winning the historic race first run when Lady Dudley presented “a magnificent silver cup” in 1897.

“I thought he had gone too soon, but the horse was going so easily and he obviously knew what he had in the tank” commented trainer Sally Randall after the race. Asked if she was worried about the distance of this race she replied “No – he always puts his best work in at the finish so the extra distance was a bonus”.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 16th April 2011.

Going: – Good, Good to Firm in places – Watered

 Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Surenaga – Gelligaer Farmer            1st                          K Price                                  B Poste

Cedrus Libani – Worcestershire       2nd                         Mr and Mrs W Rucker        R Burton

Nomadic Dreamer – Wheatland      3rd                         Mrs J Minton/A Tolhurst   L Payter

Also: –

Starburst Diamond – Tiverton         4th                         West Forest Farm R.C.       D Collins

Worship the Stars–North Hereford 5th                         Mrs J Manning                    J Mahot

James Pine – Warwickshire              6th                         H Wilson                              M Wall

Oopsmylord – Teme Valley              7th                         Mrs S E Vaughan                R Jarrett

Naunton Brook – Heythrop              8th                         D Langdon                           W Twiston-Davies

Akilak – North Cotswold                   PU                         Mr and Mrs J Evetts           T Evetts

De Soto – Bicester & W C                  PU                         M Heath                              J Bailey

Reach for the Top – Bicester & WC  PU                         M J Tuckey                          B Tuckey

11 ran – 5 lengths & ½ length

6 minutes 30.8 seconds

Betting: –

2/1 Fav – Surenaga                           7/2 – Reach for the Top                    3/1 – Naunton Brook

8/1 – Starburst Diamond                  12/1 – Nomadic Dreamer                 16/1 – Worship the Stars

20/1 – James Pine                             25/1 – De Soto/Oopsmylord/Cedrus Libani/Akilak

2012

“Thirty years on from Norman Case’s victory for owner/trainer Dennis Reed and rider Philip Mathias, the Racing Post Weekender sponsored Lady Dudley Cup once more went to the South Pembrokeshire qualified runner in the shape of Rosies Peacock.

Parallels abound between that 1982 winner and this year’s hero, as Rosies Peacock’s grand dam Final Flirtation was a half-sister to Norman Case and Philip Mathias’s son John would have continued his association with this year’s winner but for engagements at Bonvilston.

Mathias the younger loss was Tom David’s gain, though the latter could similarly only commit to ride once Mr Flora weekend plans were finalised the day before.

Shorn of some interest when Cedrus Libani virtually refused to set off, the pace itself eventually boiled down to a protracted duel over the final seven fences, with the David Llewellyn trained nine year old finally grinding out a half-length victory after putting in a better round of jumping than his nearest pursuer Findlay’s Find.

Evidently the target all season, Llewellyn had run Rosies Peacock at the Harkaway Club meeting here in December by means of a sighter”.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 21st April 2012.

Going: – Good

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Rosies Peacock – South Pembs        1st                          D H Llewellyn                      T David

Findlay’s Find – Ystrad Taf Fechan   2nd                         P B Miles                             M Barber

Marblehead – North Cotswold        3rd                         Mrs S Collett                       M Wall

Also: –

Cedrus Libani – Worcestershire       PU                         Mrs & Mrs W Rucker          T Weston

Martha’s Kinsman – Cheshire          PU                         Executors of Lady Barlow   C Barlow

5 ran – ½ length & 60 lengths

Time: – 6 minutes 42 seconds

Betting: –

2/1 – Cedrus Libani                           9/4 – Rosies Peacock                        5/2 – Fergals Find

7/2 – Marblehead                             33/1 – Martha’s Kinsman

2013

“Trainer Phil Rowley and Jockey Alex Edwards combined forces to land The Lady Dudley Cup, one of Pointing’s classic competitions at the Worcestershire meeting at Chaddesley Corbett.

The seven-year-old Sybarite gave the pair the first leg of a double when pulling away on the flat after jumping the last upsides What a Laugh.

“He lacks confidence and can be a big baby, so you have got to cajole him” said Alex “The only time I ever give him a slap is after the last”.

The ex-Chase Sybarite has now won 5 from 5.

“He ran under Rules, won a good bumper and was second in a Grade two Hurdle, but then went bang into fences and wouldn’t jump a stick” explained Phillip.

“We took him on as a challenge and he’s really improved”.

Sybarite was originally imported as a group of horses which included Sprinter Sacre.

There is not much between Sybarite (nearside) and What a Laugh at the last

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 20th April 2013

Going: – Good, Good to Soft in places

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Sybarite – Wheatland                       1st                          H R Mould                           A Edwards

What a Laugh – Flint & Denbigh      2nd                         R P Davies                            R Jarrett

Over the Phone – North Ledbury     3rd                         Mrs J Hitchings                   T Weston

Also: –

Keenans Fortune – Albrighton & W 4th                         S Rea & G Phillips               R Hodges

Maletton – Worcestershire              5th                         P R M Phillips                      H Phillips

Oedipe – Ledbury                              6th                         R Jenkins                             R Jenkins

Divine Intervention – Heythrop       RO                         H Wilson                              M Wall

7 ran – 3 lengths & 7 lengths

Time: – 6 minutes 51.5 seconds

Betting: –

11/10 Fav – Sybarite                         11/4 – Divine Intervention               4/1 – What a Laugh

7/1 – Over the Phone                        20/1 – Oedipe                                    25/1 – Keenans Fortune

25/1 – Maletton

2014

“The Fisher German sponsored Lady Dudley Cup produced a major surprise with Findlay’s Find recapturing his best form which allowed Paul and Myfanwy Miles to take the trophy back to Wales.

Rumbavu and Cardinal Rose towed the field along until the runners began to bunch up approaching the final mile of the contest.

Silver Token and Cardinal Rose led on the final bend, but Dave Mansell and Findlay’s Find were hot on their heels, and their rivals had to settle for the minor places when this combination hit the front between the final two fences.

The form of the race was further franked when Rumbavu, winner of January’s classic, The Lord Ashton on Hyde Cup, stayed on for third.

Findlay’s Find, the 2010-2011 National Leading Horse has now won 18 races but had disappointed in his 2014 outings to date

Most people had written off the chances of Findlay’s Find, but the fitting of a first-time tongue-tie was a major factor according to Paul Miles.

“He has not been working well at home and we were running out of ideas. He’s had his heart and blood tested so we thought this was worth a try, plus the assistance of a different jockey. That’s the first time Dave has sat on him, but he knows what he is doing. He asked me before the race if it was OK to have him up with the leaders and I said ride the race as you see it.

Mansell recalled later “I came to the meeting not sure if the horse was running or not but then I passed Paul’s box on the motorway, I assumed he must be running”.

Dave Mansell and Findlay’s Find after their triumph in the Dudley Cup

At Chaddesley Corbett 2014 Saturday 19th April 2014

Going: – Good – watered

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Findlay’s Find – Ystrad/Taf Fechan 1st                          P B Miles                             D Mansell

Silver Token – Llangeinor                  2nd                         D Brace                                T David

Rumbavu – Warwickshire                3rd                         R Waley Cohen                   S Waley Cohen

Also: –

Rosies Peacock – South Pembs        4th                         D H Llewellyn                      J Ridley

Cardinal Rose – North Cotswold      5th                         M J Wall                               M Wall

Archive Boy – Croome & W W         PU                         R D Potter                            D Lordan

Following Dreams – Croome&WW PU                         Mrs D J Ralph                      A Ralph

Working Title – Cotswold Vale         PU                         P Drinkwater                       S Drinkwater

8 ran – 6 lengths & 6 lengths

6 minutes 55.6 seconds

Betting: –

11/10 Fav – Following Dreams        3/1 – Rumbavu                                  5/1 – Rosies Peacock

10/1 – Silver Token                           14/1 – Cardinal Rose                         20/1 – Findlay’s Find/Working Title

25/1 – Archive Boy

2015

“What A Laugh was a worthy winner of The Lady Dudley Cup on Saturday afternoon after getting the better of a protracted battle with Stone over the final three fences.

The race took place before one the biggest crowds seen at Chaddesley Corbett, with 7 runners lining up for the big race. Jetnova carried the hopes of the locals but things were obviously amiss when John Smith-Maxwell pulled him up after 4 fences.

The Welsh challenger Gouranga Society led from the start but his effort petered out as the pace increased along the back straight with a mile to run.

What a Laugh and Stone had drawn clear entering the home straight where the favourite Benedictus was struggling to close the gap in third. Gillon Crow’s mount had in head in front at this point but Stone fought back bravely between the final two fences and was on level terms at the last.

What a Laugh was not going to be denied his moment in the limelight and stayed on courageously to win by a length and avenge his second place in this race in 2013. “That was 10 out of 10 ride from Gillon” said Nantwich trainer Gary Hanmer who partnered Just Cliquot to victory in the same race in 2005.

“We were frightened of Benedictus, who has been winning without coming off the bridle. Somehow we had to make it a staying race with a horse (What a Laugh) that doesn’t necessarily stay. The plan was to lead at the second last but the race has been slowly run and Gillon adapted the tactics perfectly”.

What a Laugh has now won 10 of his 13 UK Points plus two hunter chases for Gary and owners Richard and Sarah Davies-Cooke.

 At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 18th April 2015

Going: – Good – watered

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

What a Laugh – Flint & Denbigh      1st                          R P Davies                            G Crow

Stone – Ledbury                                2nd                         C J Bennett                          J Mahot

Benedictus – Cattistock                    3rd                         G Cotton/R Barrow/           W Biddick

                                                                                          C Moate/R Trevarthan

                                                                                          M Twyford/J Irish

Also: –

Cecile de Volanges – Beaufort         4th                         Dog Foxes Parnership        C Dando

Ice Cool Benny – North Hereford     5th                         Mrs J Hitchings                   T Weston

Gouranga Society – Glamorgan       PU                         Miss R Boulton                   P Sheard

Jetnova – Worcestershire                 PU                         Mrs K Smith-Maxwell        J Smith-Maxwell

7 ran – 1 length & 4 lengths

7 minutes 05 secs

Betting: –

5/6 Fav – Benedictus                        7/2 – What a Laugh                           9/2 – Ice Cool Benny

8/1 – Jetnova/Stone                         11/1 – Cecile de Volanges                50/1 – Gouranga Society

2016

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 16th April 2016.

No race – Course Waterlogged

Attempts to find another date for this prestigious race on a Friday later in the season were thwarted by an adjacent administrative area so the meeting did not take place.

 2017

“Barel of Laughs proved a class above his rivals by taking the 2017 running of the Fisher German sponsored Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday afternoon.

Having finished a close third in the Cheltenham Foxhunters, Barel of Laughs started a short priced favourite but with eleven meetings scheduled for the Easter Weekend he faced just five rivals for this prestigious trophy.

Templebraden and Iberico set the pace but starting down the back straight for the final time Iberico and Barel of Laughs threw down the gauntlet to their rivals as they matched strides with one another over this line of fences.

Gillon Crow and What a Laugh moved into third place at this point, but the two leaders had opened up a significant advantage as they started up the final hill. Alex Edwards had the favourite in front as they turned back downhill towards the finish where What a Laugh and Iberico were in vain pursuit.

The runner up closed briefly approaching the last, while Iberico chances of retaining second place suffered a setback with a mistake at the second from home where Sam Jukes lost an iron.

This was Bridgnorth trainer Phil Rowley second success in the race following Sybarite’s victory back in 2013, while Edwards praised his mount by saying “He has got plenty of ability and he is not one of those horses that will win by 20-lengths. He will only just do enough”.

Barel of Laughs and Alex Edwards are clear of What a Laugh at the last

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 15th April 2017.

Going: – Good – watered

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Barel of Laughs – Wheatland           1st                          Mrs P Andrews                   A Edwards

What a Laugh – Tanatside                2nd                         S Edkins                               G Crow

Iberico – Ledbury                              3rd                         C J Bennett                          S Jukes

Also: –

Daffern Seal – Llangeinor                 4th                         D Kitts                                  J King

Templebraden – North Ledbury      PU                         Mr & Mrs M Oliver             Z Baker

5 ran – 3-1/2 lengths & 3 lengths

6 minutes 48.3 seconds

Betting: –

10/11 Fav – Barel of Laughs             2/1 – Iberico                                      5/1 – What a Laugh

8/1 – Daffern Seal                              9/1 – Templebraden

2018

“This was the venue for the blue riband of Point-to-Points, The Lady Dudley Cup, which is run over 3 miles and 2 furlongs and widely regarded as the most prestigious race of the season.

This year’s renewal drew a disappointing field of four but the lack of quantity was rebalanced by the high quality of the field.

Squirrel Esquire and James Martin led for the first two miles at a good pace, with Grandturgeon and Lotus Pond both in close attendance. Iberico did not help himself with an indolent round of jumping.

As the race drew to a climax, the pacesetter fell away leaving Grandturgeon to be stalked by the strong-travelling Lotus Pond.

On the approach to two out Peter Bryan gave Lotus Pond an inch of rein and he readily drew clear to win by an increasing 18-lengths.

The Bryan family have been in the Point-to-Point world for longer than the hills, and both Peter’s grandfather and uncle had won the race.

When asked how his father Willie, also a former rider had fared in the race he joked “If you can’t do it yourself, you have to be able to breed a good one!”.

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday April.

Going: – Good to Soft, becoming Dead

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Lotus Pond – Vale of Clettwr            1st                          W Bryan/D Smith               P Bryan

Iberico – Ledbury                              2nd                         C J Bennett                          S Jukes

Grandturgeon – Albrighton & W     3rd                         Mrs D Williams                   A Edwards

Also: –

Squirrel Esquire – Heythrop             4th                         Mrs D Plunkett                   J Martin

4 ran – 20 lengths & 8 lengths

6 minutes 50.8 seconds

Betting: –

6/4 Fav – Iberico                                2/1 – Lotus Pond/Grandturgeon     12/1 – Squirrel Esquire

2019

“Wishing and Hoping proved a class above his rivals with an emphatic win in the Pinfields Marketing sponsored Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday afternoon.

The warm weather proved a magnet for a massive crowd with a long queue of cars lining the surrounding roads in the build up to the first race.

With a multitude of meetings over the holiday weekend, some fixtures had to contend with multiple walkovers, but over 50% of the entries at this meeting met their engagements which provided the capacity crowd with some interesting contests.

Five runners lined up for the big race, with the Phil Rowley trained Wishing and Hoping attracting plenty of support along with Templebraden and Ballyboker Breeze. The supporters of Shotavodka hardly got a run for their money with Heidi Brookshaw’s runner falling at the second.

Templebraden’s jumping gave cause for concern from the start, whereas the favourite never put a foot wrong, met every fence on a perfect stride and this put his rivals at an immediate disadvantage.

Zac Baker had to give his mount some stern reminders entering the final circuit, but this did not have the desired effect and they soon started to lose touch and was eventually pulled up half a mile from home.

Ballyboker Breeze was hanging onto the leader’s coat tails down the back straight but the favourite began to ease clear climbing the final hill and extended his advantage down the home straight.

The winner stormed clear to win by 25-lengths in the second fastest time recorded in this race since changes were made to the course back in 1974 – it was also 16 seconds faster than the Ladies.

Alex Edwards is no stranger to success having won in 2013 & 2017 said afterwards “It’s fantastic to win this big race, we have some lovely horses and great owners. The horse came to us from Alan King where he had lost his way and confidence after several falls”.

Winning trainer Phil Rowley agreed “He had confidence issues with his jumping but that is 2 wins from 2 runs for us. We are so happy for Peter and Trish Andrews who have been so patient with him. He is now showing the class we thought he had”.

This win is another feather in the cap for Bridgnorth based Rowley who won the Cheltenham Foxhunters in March with Hazel Hill. He and Edwards went on to complete a double following The Grey Scholar’s success in the Maiden.”

At Chaddesley Corbett Saturday 15th April 2019

Going: – Good – watered

Horse and Hunt                                 Position                Owner                                 Rider

Wishing and Hoping – Wheatland   1st                          Mrs P Andrews                   A Edwards

Ballyboker Breeze – Ledbury            2nd                         Miss J Priest                        S Waley Cohen

Also: –

Captain Von Trappe – Worcester     3rd                         Mrs C Banks                        J King

Templebraden – North Ledbury      PU                         Mr & Mrs M Oliver             Z Baker

Shotavodka – North Shropshire      F                            Mrs J Gerard-Pearse           B Carver

5 ran – 25 lengths

6 minutes 30.9 seconds

Betting: –

11/8 Fav – Ballyboker Breeze           6/4 – Wishing and Hoping                               4/1 – Templebraden

6/1 – Captain Von Trappe                7/1 – Shotavodka

2020

The meeting was scheduled for Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday 18th April.

The Corona Virus outbreak in mid-March resulted in the curtailment of ALL sporting events (Large or Small) due to self-isolation and social distancing rules

All Point-to-Points for the remainder of the season were CANCELLED     

INTERESTING STATISTICS – THE LADY DUDLEY CUP

Did you know that since the race moved to Chaddesley Corbett in 1970

Total number of Scheduled Meetings
51

Total number of Runners
411 from 73 different hunts

Total number of meetings
47
No meetings held in
2001 (Foot and Mouth Restrictions)
2016 – Course Waterlogged
2018 – Course waterlogged on original date
(Intransigence from adjacent area regarding rescheduling)
2020 – Corona Virus outbreak

Largest and Smallest Fields
15 runners in 1996 – 3 runners in 2003

Which horse or horses has/have run the most times
Extra Fine – 1978/1980/1982/1983                    Norman Case – 1982/1988/1989/1991
Treyford – 1992/1993/1994/1995                      Mighty Red – 1972/1973/1974/1975

Which horse or horses has/have won the race the most times
Brunico – 1992                                                  Mighty Red – 1972
Brunico – 1993                                                  Mighty Red – 1973

Which jockey has had the most Dudley Cup rides
Julian Pritchard
9 times
1992/1993/1995/1996/1997/1999/2003/2004/2005

Which jockey has won the most times
Alex Edwards                                                   John Bryan
Sybarite – 2013                                                 Jim Lad – 1976
Barel of Laughs – 2017                                       Little Fleur – 1977
Wishing and Hoping – 2019                                 Sparkford – 1979

Which Jockey has the best winning percentage in the Dudley Cup
Ron Treloggen – 2 wins with Brunico 1992/1993 = 100%

Which Jockey has the Best Record in the Dudley Cup
Both Alex Edwards and John Bryan have won the race 3 times, but John finished second on Sparkford in 1978, while Alex finished third on Grandturgeon in 2018

Which Owner has won the most times
G A C Cure – Mighty Red in 1972/1973
Mrs P Morris – Jim Lad (1976) & Sparkford (1979)
Mrs P Andrews – Barel of Laughs (2017) & Wishing and Hoping (2019)

Which Hunt has won the most times?

WORCESTERSHIRE                                            RADNOR & WEST HEREFORDSHIRE
Mighty Red – 1972                                             Little Fleur – 1977
Mighty Red – 1973                                             Sparkford – 1979
Darlingate – 1984                                              Petite Mandy – 1981
Caught at Dawn – 2004                                      Ridgeman – 1985
Unmistakably – 2006                                          Highland Blaze – 1986

How many favourites have won
Seventeen = 36.17%

How many favourites have been placed in the first three
Thirty four = 72.34%

How many favourites have been unplaced
Thirteen = 27.65%

How many winners from Wales
Norman Case (South Pembrokeshire) – 1982
Brunico (Pembrokeshire) – 1992
Brunico (Tivyside) – 1993
Lotus Pond (Vale of Clettwr) – 2018

Which owner has had the most runners

Mrs P Morris                                                     Mr C J Hitchings

Partial – 1972                                                    Hay Merchant – 1982
Jim Lad – 1975                                                  Better Future – 1996
Jim Lad – 1976                                                  Better Future – 1998
Sparkford – 1979                                               Better Future – 2000
Haven Patrick – 1988                                         Premium First – 2010
Master Spartan – 1989                                       Over the Phone – 2013 (Mrs J Hitchings)
                                                                        Ice Cool Benny – 2015 (Mrs J Hitchings)

Hunts which have the most runners
Worcestershire – 44                                           North Cotswold – 27

Hunts with the biggest % of horses placed in first three
Worcestershire – 44.68%            Ledbury – 25.53%                      Wheatland – 23.40%

Percentage of fallers to runners
15 out of 411 = 3.64%

Percentage of PU to runners
102 out of 411 = 24.81%

Average number of runners
411 divided by 47 = 8.74%

Ground conditions by percentage at meetings runs
Good = 38.3%                            Good to Firm = 17.02%              Good to Soft = 12.77%

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Information has been gathered from a variety of sources including racecards and Point-to-Point Annuals published by
Horse and Hound
Mackenzie and Selby
Mackenzie, Selby and Harris
 Weatherbys Chase
 and the
Point-to-Point Racing Company.

Acknowledgements are also due to the following, whose reports were published in the Horse and Hound, Sporting Life, Sporting Life Weekender and PointingPlus.
Carolyn Tanner
Brian Armstrong
Iain Mackenzie
Carl Evans
Simon Holt
Jeremy Grayson
Tessa Jenkins
Jonathan Neesom
Michael Williams
Hugh Condry

Other information was sourced from local media and the West Midland Point-to-Point Website (www.pointingwm.co.uk)

Most of the pictures have been scanned from old newspapers and magazines.
We apologise for their quality but they do provide a pictorial history of individual successes.

The cover picture is of North Key and Alastair Ulyet who are
The Lady Dudley Cup record holders
 with a time of
6 minutes 29 seconds

Despite extensive efforts no pictures of the 1980 winner Major Star were discovered.

 

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