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86 ENTRIES FOR EYTON ON MONDAY

 

The South Shropshire takes place at Eyton-on-Severn on Bank Holiday Monday.  There has been a good entry of 86 for the seven races, commencing at 1.00.  The forecast for the week is for mostly dry weather, but the organisers will be watering to provide good racing ground on the day.

The opening Maiden is over two-and-a-half miles for four- and five-year-olds, where there are sixteen entries.  Five of them have never raced and with no strong form trend from those that have, it’s probably best to take a watching brief for horses with future potential.

The following race is a Mixed Open over the same distance and the best of the twelve runners are Complete Sizing, Duke Arcadio, Hazaar, Ryan’s Fancy and Tidal Flow.  Ryan’s Fancy won a three-runner Ladies at Easingwold last Sunday and would have a chance if turning out again.  Duke Arcadio has been consistent throughout the season and should be competitive.  Tidal Flow was a good chaser trained by Philip Hobbs and is new to pointing.  The ex-Tom Lacey trained chaser Hazaar has been running over this trip winning well at Tabley but was last of three finishers to the veteran Green Winter at Paxford on Easter Monday.  The ex-Jim Dreaper trained Complete Sizing had good point and hunter chase form in Ireland, before joining Phil Rowley’s yard.  He won a Mixed Open at Bangor and was last to finish in the Aintree Foxhunters. In an open race Compete Sizing is taken to prevail.

The Conditions Level 3 is for horses confined to the West Mercia area.  The pick of the eleven entries are Ballymac Boy and Duke Arcadio.  The veteran thirteen-year-old Duke Arcadio is very consistent and will have an excellent chance.  Ballymac Boy has won his last two races including over this course a fortnight ago.  He is at the peak of his form and should be good enough to win again.

Three horses stand out in the PPORA Club Members for Novice Riders, where there are thirteen entries.  They are Spectacular Rival, Ellipsism and Stop the World. Spectacular Rival won a Maiden at Larkhill and followed up with a convincing win in an Intermediate at the meeting here on Easter Monday.  Ellipsism has won two similar races and is very consistent.  Stop the World showed great promise in his last race at Tabley when he just failed to catch Duke Arcadio by half-a-length. His young sixteen-year-old rider is William Maggs who along with his twin Charlie works for Donald McCain’s powerful stable.  Stop the World is the selection here.

The pick of the nine runners in the Restricted are Black Aphrodisiac, Flying Colum, Hung Jury and My Friend Freddie. My Friend Freddie won a Members at Bitterley.  Flying Colum beat Hung Jury convincingly at Maisemore Park and the latter subsequently won a Maiden at Andoversford.  Black Aphrodisiac won her Maiden well at Askham Bryan.  In an open contest, Flying Colum may just have the better of Black Aphrodisiac.

The Maiden for six-year-olds and upwards has attracted thirteen entries. The main ones to focus on are College Field, Lennox Again, Macfin and Lift Me Up. Lift Me Up and College Field were second and third in a Larkhill Maiden.  Lennox Again tried to make all in a Sandon Maiden and was collared close home.  The Tom Lacey owned and trained Macfin had good, placed hurdle and chase form for Nigel Twiston-Davies in the past and should be good enough to win his first point.

There is a decent entry of twelve in the concluding Members for Tanatside, North and South Shropshire qualified horses.  However, most of them are also entered in other races, so it’s hard to predict which will declare here.  The best three in the race look to be Reiker’s Island, Willewonga and Spectacular Rival.  Spectacular River has been covered earlier and will be competitive.  Reiker’s Island looked good in winning an early-season Hunter Chase at Warwick, then disappointed in a Mixed Open at Bangor, and was a well-beaten seventh in the Aintree Foxhunters.  Joe O’Shea trains Willewonga who was runner-up in three competitive races and then won his last two at Tabley and at Sandon.  Willewonga is in top form and may be good enough.

 

 

FRAN POOLE WINS AGAIN AT WOODFORD

 

Fran Poole’s success on Bouggietopieces in the Berkeley Members at Woodford on Saturday afternoon epitomizes the true Corinthian spirit on which the sport was founded. The 12-year-old is the only horse the family have at their Frampton Cotterell base and they were rewarded for their efforts when Bouggietopieces made all the running under his 31-year-old rider.

Poole had scored her only previous success on One to Note in the Members at this meeting back in 2014 and they were runner ups on two subsequent occasions in 2015/2016. This partnership were having their 10th race together and had advertised their chances with a prominent run at Bitterley a few weeks ago.

With doubts about the stamina of some of their rivals, Miss Poole made her intentions clear from the start and was soon 5-lengths clear. The leader began to jump right at some of the fences but the opposition were never in a position to take advantage of Bouggietopieces jumping deficiencies.

Always on the Run effort petered out early in the home straight and it was left to Nuova Vita to offer token resistance over the final two fences but Miss Poole’s mount extended his advantage as they raced towards the judge.

Fran Poole and Bouggietopieces on their way to victory in the Members

The winning rider was rewarded by picking up a majority of the silverware and was also awarded the TCEH Novice Ride of the Day for her enterprising tactics.

MIss Poole receives her TCEH Novice Ride of the day prize from Nickie Sheppard

Tommie O’Brien and James King started the day tied at the top of the leader board to become the Areas Leading Rider, but King travelled down to West Sussex to team up with the late Jason Warner’s Ahead of the Game, who won and with King riding 4 winners at Lydstep on Sunday he now leads the National Title Race.

O’Brien took advantage of his rival’s absence although he was beaten in both the PPORA Club Members and the Jockey Club sponsored Mares Final, but managed to add to his points total and had the added bonus of riding the winner of the Maiden which consolidated his position at the head of the table and that will stand him in good stead during the closing weeks of the season.

7 horses lined up for the PPORA Club Members, but that number was reduced to six when Frank and Honest declined to take part.

Welsh’s Castle and Ivor Herbert set a strong pace and maintained their front running position until making the long run for home. The complexion of the race changed racing towards the second from home where the riders of Lagonda, Blue and Yellow and Island Master all fancied their chances but the favourite Bawnmore moved up smoothly and mounted his challenge over the remaining fences.  

Gina Andrews and Bawnmore head Lagonda at the last and got the better of their rival on the run in

Lagonda blundered at that obstacle but was soon back on levels terms, before the favourite eased clear on the flat to prevail by a length in the hands of multiple Ladies Champion Gina Andrews. The winner is trained by the riders husband Tom at Marton, near Rugby for a quartet of owners including Jenny Hayward, Ray Randerson, Lynn Redman and Maurice Thomas.

O’Brien also had to settle for the runners up spot on Felicie du Maquis in the Mares and Fillies Final behind the hot favourite Walkin Out.

The favourite ran and jumped with enthusiasm and gusto throughout, while it seemed the other runners were just there to make up the numbers. Martin MacIntyre’s mount increased his already substantial advantage at the far end of the course, but to her credit Felicie du Maquis began to reduce the leaders advantage approaching three out.

Walkin Out on her war to an impressive victory in the Mares race

The favourite was still well on top as they came to the last but O’Brien’s started to get a response and his mount began to eat into the favourites lead as they raced towards the judge. Although beaten she came out of the race with great credit as she was conceding weight to all her rivals and 9 lbs to the winner and future events may prove that was an impossible task. The winner was bred at Robert Waley Cohen’s Upton Viva Stud and purchased by his current connections at Arqana Sales in March 2022.

There was some interesting betting in the Restricted where Giants Table was installed as favourite despite his last success being back in Ireland 2019 while Gamalou D’Alene also came in for support.

The latter lost ground quickly at the 10th, while Giants Table began to drop back at the far end of the course.

Gottagottagetaway held a clear lead over Vic the Vandal jumping four out but James Jeavons perseverance started to pay dividends on the second horse and they were on the leaders’ heels by the next obstacle. That effort was short lived and Tom Broughton managed to kid and cajole Lucy Smiths runner who finally put the race to bed by drawing well clear of his rivals over the remaining obstacles.

Tom Broughton and Gottagottagetaway are in splendid isolation at the last

Twig won his fourth race of the season by getting the better of a close finish with Tuff Nano in the Mens Open. Multiple Champion Will Biddick was determined to grab the lead on runner up and succeeded in doing so and they maintained their advantage until challenged by Twig in the home straight.

Beau Morgan’s mount was always travelling that little bit better than his rivals and confirmed that by quickening clear on the flat.

Twig (nearside) gets the better of Tuff Nano in the Mens Open

Gina Andrews and Master Templar headed the market for the Ladies Conditions but they could make no impression when asked for an effort in the home straight.

Acitvail and Danseur de Large made the running until Knight Batchelor took over as they went out onto their final circuit and were joined by Grageelagh Girl and Wotzizname, with these three dominating proceedings from this point.

Katie Sinclair had to push along Grageelagh Girl to maintain their advantage approaching three out but Megan Bevan and Wotzizname soon took their measure and stayed on well to claim victory. The winner had finished runner up to the Mens Open winner Twig in his previous race and that should have been a clue to his chances.

Megan Bevan and Wotzizname clear the last on their way to victory in the Ladies Race

Tommie O’Brien teamed up with Fran Post to win the concluding Maiden with the 4-year-old Presenting gelding Also Known As.

Let’s Getaway and Immy Robinson jumped superbly in the lead and continued to travel well when they reappeared at the far end of the course. There were still 6 or 7 horses in with a chance as they turned back towards home where Lets Getaway, Also Known As, Kalabana and Straightupsnicket were in the box seats.

Also Known As held a commanding lead between the final two fences and was yet another winner to come off the Poste production line at Ettington, and had obviously benefitted from his experience at Edgcote as he proved far too strong for Straightupsnicket who held Kalabana’s challenge over the final obstacles to claim the runners up spot.

Also Known As scores in impressive win in the Maiden so no wonder connections are all smiling after the race

RESULTS

MEMBERS
1ST          BOUGGIETOPIECES                                      MISS F POOLE                    4-1
2ND          NUOVA VITA
3RD          ALWAYS ON THE RUN

RESTRICTED
1ST           GOTTAGOTTAGETAWAY                               T BROUGHTON                 2-1
2ND          VIC THE VANDAL
(ONLY 2 FINISHED)

PPORA CLUB MEMBERS
1ST           BAWNMORE                                                MISS G ANDREWS            5-2
2ND          LAGONDA
3RD          WELSH’S CASTLE

MARES & FILLIES
1ST           WALKIN OUT                                              M MCINTYRE                     4-5
2ND          FELICIE DU MAQUIS
3RD          GRENADINE SAVE

MENS OPEN
1ST           TWIG                                                         B MORGAN                         4-5
2ND          TUFF NANO
3RD          HIGHWAY ONE O ONE

LADIES CONDITIONS
1ST           WOTZIZNAME                                       MISS M BEVAN                      4-1
2ND          GRAGEELAGH GIRL
3RD          ACTIVIAL

MAIDEN
1ST           ALSO KNOWN AS                                 T O’BRIEN                            3-1
2ND          STRAIGHTUPSNICKET
3RD          KALABANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOUBLES FOR IMMY ROBINSON, TOBY WYNNE AND PHIL ROWLEY AT EYTON

 

The first meeting at Eyton for three years took place on good ground which had been watered.  Highlights of the day were riding doubles for Toby Wynne and Immy Robinson, and Phil Rowley had a training double. 

Wynne’s first win came in the opening four- and five-year-old Mares Maiden over two-and-a-half miles aboard My Virtue, who had eleven lengths to spare over the only other runner Amidnightstar at the line.  The four-year-old winner was a first training win for Katie Ayres and was home bred by her owner Steve Flook.

Wynne’s double came in the Intermediate aboard Spectacular Rival who took it up about a mile out and was always repelling the challenge of the hot favourite Francesco de Flos, eventually winning by three and a half lengths. The Heidi Brookshaw trained gelding had previously won a Larkhill Maiden and looks to have plenty of potential.

Robinson rode a waiting race on Champagne Lilly in the Lorna Brooke Memorial over two-and-a-half miles with Drakes Well and Azzuri cutting out the running.  She made steady progress from six out to lead at the second last and won by three lengths from Drakes Well with Azzuri a half length back in third.  The winner had won four points for Phil Rowley up to two years ago, and after a spell with Nigel Twiston-Davies the mare came back to the Bridgnorth yard for owner Cynthia Bibbey. The win was a great tonic for the stable, as when she fell in her last race at Larkhill in February, the horse broke her nose and Michaela Tallett broke her back.

Robinson’s double came on Ballymac Boy in the Conditions Race, trained by her mother Caroline, and owned by Steward David Heys. The winner, who had previously won a Restricted at Larkhill, went on from six out and finished fifteen lengths clear of the fast-finishing Top of the Charts.

The Mens Open was a match and the Tranwell winner Wonderoftheworld, ridden by Henry Crow, worked hard to repel the challenge of Kashmir Peak at the third last and win by four lengths, which justified the long journey for owner/trainer Hannah McMahon.

In the concluding Maiden, Moon Hunter took it up a mile out and steadily drew clear to win impressively by twelve lengths from Bestfriend Barnaby.  Billy Chatterton rode the winner which was the second leg of Phil Rowley’s training double.  The five-year-old gelding by Yorton Farm stallion Pether’s Moon, was acquired two years ago by the stud owner David Futter and the trainer for £15,000.  The horse was bred by Simon Crank and Will Kinsey.

WOODFORD HOLDS CENTRE STAGE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 

Easter is one of the most hectic periods for Point-to-Point Racing but after so many meetings were held over such a short period, we now have a situation where the Berkeley stage the only meeting in the West of England on Saturday afternoon. The fixture has attracted 76 entries which should provide competitive racing and a good turnout is expected.

The Members provides another winning opportunity for Gloucester rider Connor Baker who finally opened his account after years of trying when Always on the Run won at Higham on Good Friday. The East Anglian track is sharp and flat in contrast to Woodford but they have a better chance than some in this contest.

Bouggietopieces finished third under owner Fran Poole at Bitterley recently. That was their best performance for some time and they should figure in the shakeup.

Geoff Barfoot-Saunt teams up with his wife Tracey’s Earth Spirit who finished third in a Southwell chase but that was over a much shorter distance and his stamina has to be taken on trust.

Most of the entries have a question mark hanging over them but the same cannot be said of Nuova Vita who has won or been placed behind some useful performers and this race does not look as challenging as some of his earlier outings.

Tommie O’Brien built up a big lead in the West Mercian Jockeys Championship during the first half of the season, but James King’s five timer at Chaddesley last Saturday has had a major impact but O’Brien can get back on the winning trail with Lagonda in the PPORA Club Members Race.

Most the entries for this race have a similar rating so the 7 lb mares allowance could prove the key. Gina Andrews mount Bawnmore had to settle for second place at Shelfield Park, while Drumlee Getaway, Frisson Collonges and Frank and Honest may find the weight concession beyond them.

Woodford has been chosen as the venue for the Jockey Club Fillies and Mares Novice Championship and this looks in the hands of two time winner Felicie du Maquis and the aforementioned Tommie O’Brien.

In her latest race Clive Boultbee-Brooks mare beat Willywonga by 19-lengths and that horse has subsequently gone on to win his next two races. The form stacks up and it is difficult to make a case for others although both Aunt Lily and Scorpion Lady have place prospects.

The Restricted poses some interesting questions for horses just out of Maiden class. Black Aphrodisiac has winning form, as does Giants Table but that was in Ireland back in 2019 and Max Comley will do well to get him race fit after such a long absence.

Gamalou D’Alene has the services of Zac Baker who enjoyed a successful meeting at Paxford on Monday, while Gottgottagetaway was carried out by a loose horse at Bitterley but he is more experienced than some of his rivals and that has to be beneficial.

In the Ladies Conditions you have top class riders against others who are at the opposite end of the scale.

Master Templer (Gina Andrews) and Knight Batchelor (Izzy Marshal), and Danseur du Large (Chloe Emsley), Princetown Royale (Katie Gowing) come into the former category, while novice rider Katie Sinclair has the choice between Grageelagh Girl and Tb Broke Her who chased home multiple winner Southfield Theatre and Chaddesley Corbett last weekend and may require another week to recover.

Stay Out of Court and Jessica Smith beat nothing of note when winning their Members at Andoversford but the horses experience might make up for the latters in-experience. It is a long shot but one that may pay off.

24 entries have been received for the concluding Maiden at 5-30 p.m. including several based with stables that target this type of race. Fran Poste has Also Known As and Mooloolah but it is difficult to know how far both of these are up that yards pecking order, while West Country trainer Chris Barber relies on Straightupsnicket.

Gamalou D’Alene is the mount of in-form Zac Baker, while Will Biddick and Alan Hill are a formidable duo which gives Baseline a chance. Fubar has other and easier options over the weekend, while Gentleman Sam passed two rivals on the flat at Friars Haugh and that ability could prove useful at the end of this contest.

Let Me Up got to within 2-lengths of the winner at Larkhill and could figure in the shake up, while Tom Weston introduces Kalabana.

 

   

 

100TH POINT-TO-POINT WIN FOR ZAC BAKER AT PAXFORD

 

Zac Baker rode his 100th Point-to-Point winner on Green Winter when landing the Mixed Open at the North Cotswold Point-to-Point at Paxford on Monday afternoon, while at the opposite end of the scale 18-year-old Elliott England chalked up his first success on Robin Why Not in the Members. Despite small fields, there were several close finishes, which were enjoyed by the large crowd.

A few weeks ago, James Ridley did not think he had sufficient fire power to retain his lead in the Trainers Championship, but three more winners helped him cement his position at the top of the table and his rivals will do well to peg back the deficit.

Ridley appeared to be “tilting at windmills” running 14-year-old Green Winter in the 2-1/2 mile Mixed Open when all the evidence suggested he was likely to be outpaced over this shorter distance.

Zac Baker took Green Winter to the front from the start, and previous observations looked as though they would be confirmed when the favourite Hazzaar and Largy Mountain both made a forward move with four to jump.

Green Winter maintained a narrow lead approaching two out where Hazzaar began to drop away. Largy Mountain however, mounted another effort around the final bend but Green Winter showed tremendous battling qualities, took the last in front and went on to claim victory.

Green Winter and Zac Baker prove their detractors wrong in the Mixed Open

“Shows what I know” said Ridley afterwards “I thought he would be too slow”, while the winning jockey said after the partnership had landed their 12th win together. “Horses for courses – he just loves it here!

Everything had gone right for James King when he rode 5 winners at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday, but this time it was Zac Bakers turn in the spotlight and frustratingly for King he had to settle for three second places.

The sequence started when King’s mount Airdrigh faced Maurice Linehan’s un-raced Tufton Avenue in the 5-year-old and over Maiden. There was little between the two horses over the first circuit but Airdrigh’s preponderance to jump left did not help his cause and Zac Baker and Tufton Avenue took the lead in the home straight.

The pace increased by the old rhubarb sheds at the far end of the course but despite his in-experience Tufton Avenue maintained his lead and the partnership extended their advantage over the final two fences.

Baker and Tufton Avenue take the Maiden

Three horses lined up for the Mares and Fillies Conditions but after the first mile Pomme de Nuit was nothing more than an interested observer with Cashmoll setting the pace, while James King kept For Rita within touching distance of the leader.

The favourite took advantage when Cashmoll made a mistake at the third from home but Baker soon had the partnership on an even keel and Cashmoll was back on level terms jumping the last and quickened clear of his rival on the flat.

For Rita and James King hold the lead at the last but Cashmool (right) got up on the flat

Murray Dodd took the ride Grove Cottage in the Novice Riders and that proved an inspired decision. Master Sunrise was still in front with half a mile to run, but both Grove Cottage and the favourite Vango de Vaige were getting into full stride and had the long-time leader in their sights.

The latter led coming out of the dip towards the second from home and secured the vital inside berth on the final bend, but Dodd’s mount fought his way back into contention and was level at the last.

Murray Dodd defies gravity to maintain the partnership with Grove Cottage

Both horses made blunders but Grove Cottage’s was the more serious but this was quickly shrugged off and Grove Cottage got up close home which provided Ridley with his first hattrick.

He said later “Not sure how Murray survived that mistake at the last but I reckon the horse had a bit left to be able to get back up like he did”.

Will Biddick outscored James King by 2 wins to 1 on Monday to retain his lead in the National Title Race, with the latter’s win provided by Knockaderry Flyer in the Veteran Horse Conditions.

The winner defied his advancing years and put in a brave front running performance to land the spoils. Admittedly he only faced two rivals but the manner of his victory is worth recording. He set off in front, jumped superbly and bravely defied a 9 lb penalty to hold the runners up determined challenge in the home straight.

Knockaderry Flyer and James King defy a big penalty to land the Veteran Horse race

Elliott England struggled with 3 stone of lead in his weight cloth when returning to the scales after his victory on Robin Why Not in the Members. The partnership made their intentions clear by leading from flag fall.

Benton’s Lead held the advantage in the home straight, but England produced his mount with a race winning run on the flat to prevail by a narrow margin to provide the 18-year Naunton based rider with his first success.

He explained later “We were looking for something to give me experience riding, and it’s a great feeling riding my first winner”

Elliott England Robin Why Not on their way back to the winners enclosure

RESULTS

MEMBERS
1ST           ROBIN WHY NOT                              E ENGLAND                        EVENS
2ND          BENTONS LAD
3RD          GOLD MOUNTAIN

MAIDEN
1ST           TUFTON AVENUE                             Z BAKER                               4-7
2ND          AIRDRIGH

MIXED OPEN
1ST           GREEN WINTER                                 Z BAKER                             3-1
2ND          LARGY MOUNTAIN
3RD          HAZAAR

MARES AND FILLIES
1ST           CASHMOLL                                         Z BAKER                               EVENS
2ND          FOR RITA

PPORA CONDITIONS
1ST           GROVE COTTAGE                             M DODD                              7-4
2ND          VANGO DE VAIGE
3RD          MASTER SUNRISE

VETERAN HORSE CONDITIONS
1ST           KNOCKADERRY FLYER                     J KING                                   EVENS
2ND          CHU CHU PERCY
3RD          BETTER DAYS

 

Photo’s courtesy of Graham Fisher

 

 

TITLE RACE HOTS UP WITH 5 WINNERS FOR JAMES KING AT CHADDESLEY CORBETT

 

Easter is always a crucial period in the Point-to-Point season, with 17 meetings scheduled over the holiday weekend and multiple successes enhance an individual’s chances of taking one of the major awards.

Will Biddick was 7 in front of James King at the start of the day, but the latter’s 5-timer at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday afternoon could prove the turning point if Biddick fails to respond to this challenge and the Jockeys Championship now has a different dimension. These events were witnessed by one of the biggest crowds seen at this venue for a number of years.

King started and ended the meeting with a winner. His first victory being supplied by Rock House in the Goffs Would Like to Thank Robert Chugg Four and Five year old Maiden, although during the early stages of this contest you would have got long odds against the four-year-old achieving that feat, as his jumping could be described as cautious and deliberate, before he soon warmed to his task.

Galassian who had caught the eye at Shelfield Park set the early pace, with the field closely bunched with Westbell acting as whipper in. Galassian remained the lead as they met the rising ground, but Rock House had now got his act together and was disputing second with Just for Fame.

Racing downhill towards the 3-mile start, Rock House quickened into the lead and established a 5-length advantage, but Ben Bromley’s fought back and was still in with a chance when the partnership took a crashing fall, which resulted in the jockey missing rides later in the afternoon.

The day starts well for James King with Rock House winning the Maiden

Left well clear by his rival’s departure Rock House came home unchallenged. Trainer Fran Poste explained later “We were going to turn him away, as he is a bit weak, but I liked the way he quickened past his rivals today”. Chatting with Robert Bellamy after the race it was confirmed the horse was for sale.

Area Secretary Nickie Sheppard is sore but ok after being kicked escorting her runner No Dice back to the unsaddling enclosure. 

The Conditions attracted just 3 runners but they were all evenly matched and it produced an exciting race. Golden Tobouggan with Luke Scott replacing injured Ben Bromley set the pace and they maintained their lead until passed by the favourite Spanish Jump and Kaproyale at the fourth from home.

There was little between the two main protagonists as they raced downhill towards the second last, but the complexion of the race changed when Spanish Jump pecked on landing, and handed the advantage to his rival who quickened away to provide King and Poste with the second leg of their double.

Winner No 2 on Kaproyale in the Conditions

The Lorna Brooke Memorial Qualifier attracted this year’s Connolly’s Red Mills Leading Horse Southfield Theatre, who already has six wins to his credit. Now 14-years-old the winner shows the exuberance of a horse half his age and all appeared to be going to plan when Lilly Bradstock took the favourite into his normal front running role, a task which they tackled with their normal enthusiasm.

Chase Me was partnered by Rosie Howarth who had made the journey down from Yorkshire were the favourites nearest rival during the first half of the race. Katie Sinclair and Tb Broke Her moved into second place going out on their final circuit and that order remain unchanged for the remainder of the race and it looked as though it was going to be another pillar to post victory for the Sarah Bradstock trained runner.

Their advantage was constant throughout the final half mile, but approaching two out Tb Broke Her started to inch closer with a considerable weight advantage proving a contributing factor. Tb Broke closed with every stride on the run in but just failed.

Lilly Bradstock and Southfield Theatre win their 7th race of the season in the Ladies Open

Grand National winning owner Robert Waley-Cohen was back on more familiar territory on Saturday afternoon, when the Warwickshire based owner took the final Classic Race of the season, the Lady Dudley Cup with Igor, just 7 days after the biggest success of his career.

Waley-Cohen and his son Sam have been familiar figures on the Point-to-Point scene for two decades, but the latter announced his retirement a couple of days before his National win, but last year’s Champion Rider James King proved a worthy replacement and added this race to his expanding C.V.

Ennistown had finished in front of Igor in last year’s race but King took a grip on the race from the start and set what appeared to be a moderate gallop, with Miss Seagreen and Stacks Mountain racing in his shadow.

Ennistown made a number of mistakes while Stacks Mountain was struggling to make an impact. Igor quickened the pace again at the far end of the course and raced uphill with an increased advantage which his rivals struggled to reduce.

He turned back for home with a clear advantage, while Miss Seagreens effort petered out tamely and Stacks Mountain ran better than expected to claim the runners up berth. Waley-Cohen was winning the race for the second time, his last success was with Irilut back in 2007.

Robert Waley-Cohen with his big race winner Igor

Having had to settle for third place in the big race, owner Clive Bennett’s Miss May Hill was soundly beaten by Let Me Entertain U in the Savills sponsored Restricted and the large crowd were certainly provided with that when owner Mark Dunphy was questioned by Robert Bellamy after the race.

Hopes of a winner to aid Nickie Sheppards recovery were dashed when Evron unseated Milo Herbert at the first open ditch. Tommie O’Brien was left in front at this point on Miss May Hill until they were joined by Hill of Hope and Let Me Entertain U at the fourth from home.

Hill of Hope led briefly on the uphill run into the home straight, but King repeated the tactics that had proved so successful in earlier races, sent his mount to the front and she galloped on resolutely to land the spoils for owner Mark Dunphy and trainer Gabriela Gajova who is based near Ross on Wye.

A fourth winner for James King on Let Me Entertain U in the Restricted

Gentle Frank and Robert Hawker were deemed unlucky losers after they ran past the last when level with Flying Colum at Maisemore but had a chance of redemption in the Maiden Conditions.

She’ll Be Back and Rockhamton vied for the lead with the latter leading Mount Oscar down the back straight accompanied by Forest Chimes and the improving Gentle Frank. Tommie O’Brien’s mount led as they straightened up for home but Robert Hawker and Gentle Frank and made their effort at the second last, but unfortunately for their supporters the favourite fluffed his lines and was down on his nose, a mistake that cost him the race as he could never recover the lost ground.

Tommie O’Brien is reunited with Forest Chimes to land the Maiden

The winner was dismounted on the way back to the winners enclosure but recovered quickly when copious amounts of water were applied. This victory was one for the locals with the winner trained at Morville by Phil Rowley for Enville based owner Diana Williams.

Favourite Blackwater Bramble carrying the Smith-Maxwell colours was always struggling in the Members with a strong pace set by Very First Time despite his 10 lb penalty.

Tiggy Vale-Titterton’s mount led from the start and the partnership were 15-lengths clear at one point and that advantage was maintained until half a mile from home where they were caught and passed by Pat Tollit’s Hidden Charmer.

Win number 5 – Hidden Charmer in the Members

King timed his run to perfection catching the long-time leader at the third from home. The runner up did his best in the home straight but Hidden Charmer clung on to his advantage on the flat. The winner is trained by Callum Griffiths at Billingsley near Bridgnorth.

PHOTO’S = COURTESY OF GRAHAM FISHER

RESULTS
1ST          ROCK HOUSE                                      JAMES KING                       11/2
2ND          JUST FOUR FAME
3RD          NO DICE

CONDITIONS
1ST           KAPROYALE                                        JAMES KING                       6-4
2ND          SPANISH JUMP
3RD          GOLDEN TOBOUGGAN

LADIES OPEN
1ST           SOUTHFIELD THEATRE                    MISS L BRADSTOCK         1-2
2ND          Tb BROKE HER
3RD          CHASE ME

MENS OPEN
1ST           IGOR                                                     JAMES KING                       2-1
2ND          STACKS MOUNTAIN
3RD          MISS SEAGREEN

RESTRICTED
1ST           LET ME ENTERTAIN U                        JAMES KING                       7-4
2ND         MISS MAY HILL

MAIDEN CONDITIONS
1ST           FOREST CHIMES                            TOMMIE O’BRIEN             3-1
2ND          GENTLE FRANK
3RD          MOUNT OSCAR

MEMBERS
1ST           HIDDEN CHARMER                          JAMES KING                       5-4
2ND          VERY FIRST TIME
3RD          BLACKWATER BRAMBLE

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY CROW RIDES THREE WINNERS AT SANDON

 

A huge crowd had an excellent day’s racing at Sandon in warm sunshine, where 44 horses ran, and the concluding flat race was divided on the day.  No watering was required, and the going was good to soft with an excellent covering of grass.  Great credit is due to the Clerk-of-the-Course Mark Allman and his team, who were helped greatly by the local farmer Tom Seabridge over whose land the meeting takes place.

Henry Crow kept up his good recent run in the area with a treble, two of them trained by Joe O’Shea and Murray Dodd rode his first double. The first leg of Crow’s treble came on Willewonga in the Conditions Level 2 confined to horses from the old North West area.  Huw Edwards tried to make all on Mr Snuffles, but Willewonga took it up at the second last and won by an easy six lengths.

In the Club Members Conditions Race, Crow made all on Roevin Star and won by eight lengths from Sergeant Brody, with Ettila de Sivola a head back in third.  The winner is trained by Tim Garton and owned by his family.

In the two-mile five-furlong Conditions Race Level 3, Crow was always going well on Envious Editor, and brought him to lead two out and win easily from the staying-on Pallaskenry and the early leader Bandsman.  The winner was following up his recent Bitterley win and was the second leg of Joe O’Shea’s double. 

Crow tried to make most of the running on Lennox Again in the Maiden, but he was challenged at the last by Guy Sankey on Chasing My Dream who went on to win by a length-and-a-half.  The two horses had come together at the last and Crow was fined £75 for improper riding.  The formerly Colin Bowe trained winner was acquired by the trainer Laura Richardson at the Doncaster Sales last September for £4,500 for the jockey’s aunt Victoria Orchard.

The first leg of Murray Dodd’s double came in the Mixed Open on Mr Love where he took it up four out from Vinnie Lewis and won by ten lengths from Write it Down with Duke Arcadio back in third.  The winner trained and owned by Nick Pearce was winning for the fourth time this season.

Dodd’s double came aboard the four-year-old debutant Good Boy for Tom Ellis in the second division of the Flat Race.  He held him up until leaving the back straight and then sprinted clear to win by nine lengths from Churchman. The winner was acquired by Marcus Collie for brothers Bart and Warren Ryan-Beswick for £13,000 last May and is likely to be going to the Cheltenham Sales later this month.

In the first division of the Flat Race, Charlie Maggs took it up two furlongs out on Nordadler and stayed on well to beat the favourite Kallow Point by six lengths.  It was a first winner for the 16-year-old in his first season having graduated from the pony ranks.  Both he and his twin brother William work for Donald McCain and look to have exciting futures in the sport.  The five-year-old winner was acquired by owner and trainer Claire Bonner (nee Allen) for €16,000 at Baden Baden as a yearling and is related to several German flat winners.  This was Claire’s first pointer, and many enthusiasts will remember her over a decade ago when she was a top rider for Dick Baimbridge and others.

 

 

 

70 ENTRIES FOR EYTON ON EASTER MONDAY

 

The North Shropshire takes place at Eyton-on-Severn on Easter Monday.  There are 70 entries for the six races commencing at 1.00.

The opener is a Maiden for four- and five-year-old fillies and mares over two-and-a-half miles, with nine entered.  There is very little experience to go on, but Regal Amba was five lengths sixth in a similar race at Kilworthy last month and might be suited by this shorter trip. A couple of unraced horses worth considering may be Bellamy Express from Francesca Poste’s yard and Phil Rowley’s Our Nel.

The Ladies Race is also over the two-and-a-half-mile trip, and the best to consider of the eight entries are Azzuri, Champagne Lilly, Drakes Well and Golden Tobouggan. Azzuri likes to make the running and has won his last two races convincingly.  Champagne Lilly is back pointing for Phil Rowley after a national hunt stint with Nigel Twiston-Davies and should be competitive.  Drakes Well has performed well in Hunter Chases this season winning on his penultimate start at Stratford.  Golden Tobouggan won a Ladies at Bangor and unseated in the Aintree Foxhunters last week.  Azzuri will be well suited by the trip and is the likely winner.

The Mens Open also has eight entries, and Duke Arcadio, Mr Love, Mr Snuffles and Polydora make most appeal.  Duke Arcadio won well at Tabley a fortnight ago.  Mr Love has won a few Novice Riders races and was a close second to Miss Seagreen in his last run.  Mr Snuffles looked useful a couple of seasons ago and has been placed in his last two runs.  Polydora won a two-runner Open over four miles and may be best over longer trips.  Mr Love is improving and may be too strong for his rivals.

There are fourteen entered for the Conditions Race and ones to consider are Ettila de Sivola, Kashmir Peak, Sir Mangan, and Write it Down. Ettila de Sivola was a former chaser who ran well in his first point when third to Duke Arcadio.  Kashmir Peak is a veteran who is often placed.  Sir Mangan is consistent and won a Veterans race at Ampton.  Write it Down was second in a Ladies at Overton.  Ettila de Sivola looked as if he would come on for the run at Tabley and may be good enough.

The Intermediate has thirteen entries with Felicie du Maquis, Francesco Du Clos and Willewonga being the main contenders.  The Clive Boultbee-Brooks owned, and trained Felicie du Maquis looked like a mare with a future, when easily beating Willewonga at Bangor. Although the latter won his Restricted well at Tabley, it’s unlikely that the form from Bangor will be overturned.  Francesco Du Clos has won his last two races well, but Felicie du Maquis is a confident selection.

The concluding Maiden has the largest field of the day with eighteen entered.  Phil Rowley has a strong hand in the race and his choice of Forest Chimes or Moon Hunter have the best form in the race.  Another to consider might be No Promises who came second at Tabley to Poncherello.

 

40 YEARS AT SANDON

The North Staffordshire celebrates 40 years of racing at Sandon this Saturday, where there are 70 entries for the six races.  Racing starts at 1.00 and there will be live streaming with information available on www.sandonraces.co.uk.  There is a good weather forecast for the second half of the week, and the going is expected to be ideal.

The opening Conditions Race is for horses that are affiliated to the former North West Area and has attracted ten entries.  The main contenders appear to be Mr Snuffles, Roevin Star, Staple Head and Willewonga. Mr Snuffles looked a promising prospect a couple of seasons ago and appears to be coming back into form with a couple of useful placed efforts in recent runs.  Roevin Star won a three-runner Members at Tabley and then walked over at the same meeting.  However, he is likely to need to show improvement to win here. Staple Head was a former successful winning chaser for Peter Bowen and performed with credit in finishing runner-up in his two recent points.  The Joe O’Shea trained Willewonga won a Maiden at this meeting last year and was impressive when winning his Restricted at Tabley a fortnight ago.  In a competitive race, Willewonga may just have the edge.

The second race is a Conditions Race Level 2 with eleven entered, where Blackwater Bramble, Ettila de Sivola, Stop the World, Vango de Vaige and Vinnie Lewis are the pick of the runners.  Blackwater Bramble appears best suited to good ground and has finished runner-up in two similar races.  Stop the World just failed to catch Duke Arcadio in a Conditions Race at Tabley, with the ex-chaser Ettila de Sivola back in third.  Vango de Vaige won a Novice Riders race at Bitterley.  Vinnie Lewis won well at Alnwick earlier in the season, but his form has not been as impressive since and he would shoulder an eight-pound penalty.  Stop the World is given a sporting chance here.

There are fourteen entries for the Maiden and the runners with the best form credentials are Forest Chimes, Gentle Frank, Moon Hunter, and Rebel MC.  Forest Chimes was touched off by Willewonga in this race a year ago but has not progressed since.  The five-year-old Moon Hunter showed plenty of promise when second to Surprise Attack on his debut at Shelfield Park last month.  Gentle Frank has yet to complete the course in his two runs, but he was somewhat unlucky when forced out at the last fence at Maisemore Park.  Rebel MC had every chance at the last when he fell upsides Rocambolas at Bangor.  Phi Rowley has the choice of Forest Chimes and Moon Hunter, and if the latter takes this option he may improve to win.

Of the eight contestants for the Mixed Open, Duke Arcadio, Mr Love, Staple Head, The Dellercheckout and Vinnie Lewis are the pick. Duke Arcadio regained winning form at Tabley and should be competitive.  Mr Love won three Novice Riders events before coming second in a Mixed Open to Miss Seagreen at Shelfield Park.  Staple Head and Vinnie Lewis will each have chances.  The Dellercheckout had good early-season form but only got as far as the first fence in the Aintree Foxhunters last week.  If he turns out again here, he will have a good chance.  The improving Mr Love may be good enough to win again.

The 2-mile five-furlongs Conditions Race Level 3 is for horses that have only won up to Restricted races in the past two years and there are eleven entries. The three that make most appeal are Bandsman, Envious Editor and Pallaskenry. Bandsman has had some good runs over the past couple of seasons and will be suited by the shorter trip here.  Envious Editor has taken some time to win a Restricted but has always shown promise.  Pallaskenry was formerly trained by Henry de Bromhead and had reasonable placed form in Irish Opens. He ran well when fourth to Duke Arcadio at Tabley on his English debut.  Envious Editor from the Joe O’Shea yard has more scope than his main rivals and is the choice.

The concluding race is a flat race for four- and five-year-olds, and with eleven of the sixteen due to have their debut here, it’s impossible to predict a winner.  Of those that have run, the Phil Rowley trained Kallow Point has the best form having shown good potential when runner-up to Casa No Mento in a similar race at Bangor last month.

RACING RETURNS TO PAXFORD

Paxford Races is back after a two-year break and with warm weather predicted for the Holiday weekend racegoers should enjoy a day out in the countryside, which was a distant memory during the middle of the Covid Crisis.

Easter is one of the busiest periods on the Point-to-Point calendar, and with so many meetings running plans are difficult to predict.

Entries from Tor Collins’s Broadway stable dominate the Members with the presence of Bandsman, Duntish and Zamparelli likely to scare off some potential rivals. Harry Greasby is still looking for his first winner but Gold Mountain is likely to struggle.

Lisnasallagh Ruby had no chance of staying the trip when she shot off in front at Bitterley and more restraint is required over these obstacles, while Robin Why Not had his limitations exposed at Andoversford.

I’m Wiser Now has to carry a 7 lb penalty but Jim Collett’s runner is has the best form so will not be inconvenienced by the extra weight and the Taddington based owner’s runner would be a popular choice for many punters.

The Jake Slatter trained gelding has an alternative engagement in the Mixed Open which is run over 2-1/2 miles so connections have a decision to make. Azzuri and Heidi Palin scored an effortless win at Maisemore and will be suited by track and distance, while James Ridley indicated Andoversford did not play to Green Winter strengths – this one could.

Toshima sprang a surprise by winning the Ladies Open at the Croome but has not been seen out since, while Tommie O’Brien will be hoping Hazaar can continue the form shown when winning a similar event at Tabley.

James Ridley holds a clear lead in the Trainers Championship and will be hoping to consolidate his position at the top of the table with Cashmoll in the Mares and Fillies  and Grove Cottage in the Conditions.

Cashmoll faces a difficult task against the Clive Boultbee-Brooks trained Felicie du Maquis and Grageelagh Girl, although he does have a useful reserve in Trea Newell’s Lagonda.

Felicie du Maquis’s early season form took place when conditions were more testing, but can she continue in the same vein now that conditions have started to firm up, while Gregeelagh Girl looked sure to be involved in the finish until unseating at Bitterley.

She also holds an entry in the Conditions where the opposition includes another Ridley runner Grove Cottage, with Master Sunrise expected to improve on his run at the Ludlow.

The eye is drawn to Aidrigh and Bellamys Boy and both could be involved in the finish of the 5-year-old and upwards Maiden, but will face strong challenges from Gentle Frank and Just Four Fame. The former was short of room at the last and ran past that obstacle at Maisemore while Just for Fame needs ran well on his debut at the same meeting and can go one better on Monday.

There are 14 entries for the Veteran Horse Conditions at 4-05 p.m. and this could attract the biggest field of the day. They are all evenly matched but this presents a winning opportunity for Welsh’s Castle.

He will however, have to get past Knockaderry Flyer who was hampered by a 6 lb penalty at Andoversford and now has to carry another 3 lb but once he gets into a rhythm, he is very difficult to get past.

Camel Racing commences at 12 noon, with the Point-to-Points commencing at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost £20 on the day, but you can get discounted tickets for £15 by booking on-line at North Cotswold Hunt (ticketsrv.co.uk)

The Day finishes with the Hunt Challenge Race with 15 runners due to face the starter, straight after the final Point-to-Point Race.