MONDAY 3 MAY 2004
by Peter Mansell
photos by Graham Fisher
27-year-old Emma Phillips rode her first winner on Beyond the Stars on this course 12 months ago. The Longdon based riders appearances have been few and far between since then but her inexperience was not evident in this race because she produced the 13-year-old, which she co-owns with trainer Scott Joynes, to take the lead between the final two fences.
Eastnor trainer Nicky Sheppard can be justifiably proud of
Upton Adventures achievements this season after Peter Corbetts home bred
mare landed her seventh win of the campaign in the Ladies Open during
yesterdays North Ledbury Point to Point at Maisemore Park.
The 11-year-old had frightened off most of the opposition in this contest with just three rivals taking up the challenge. They were always fighting a losing battle after Emma James sent her mount to the front half way down the back straight and were left in splendid isolation when Scarrots refused at penultimate.
Jo Jeynes is based in the Longdon area and she sent out
Autcaesar Autnihil to secure victory in the 8-year-old and upwards Maiden.
Having failed to make the grade with previous trainer Rod Juckes the horse
was acquired by the trainers husband David during the summer and has been
making steady progress this season. Mark Munrowd’s mount took the lead at
the 15th and the opposition were fighting a losing battle from
this point trying to reduce the deficit.
Julian Pritchard teamed up with Hanley Castle owner Clive
Hitchings to take the 5-6-7 year old Maiden with The Brooklet. The horses
early season performances seem to bear out Hitchings’s comments that it
had taken 6 months for The Brooklet to learn to gallop and another 6 months
to jump and it has since been a case of combining these two activities.
Pritchards mount was always up with the leaders and had sufficient reserves
to withstand the challenge of Che Guevara.