The Point-to-Point Owners & Riders Club
16th January 2005
by Geoff Handley
photos by Graham Fisher
Conditions were bright and mild for the second day of the Point-to-Point and Riders Club meeting.The fog that had engulfed the course the previous day had disappeared and Barbury Castle could be seen at its glorious best with the Marlborough hills providing a fine backdrop to this delightful course.
All the fences and and the bends had been moved to fresh ground with the feat being accomplished under floodlights and congratulations must go to the Course Manager Chris Musgreave and his team for their efforts
The going was the same as the first day, good with good to soft patches in the dip after the third last fence.
1. Club Members For Novice Riders (Div 1)
This race was sponsored by long standing supporters Dodson & Horrell and was for novice riders who have not won more than three races prior to January 1st. The Major bought at the May Doncaster sales by Mike Tuckey was always up with pace and ran on strongly for Ben Tuckey. Trained by Tom Illsley, this twelve year old chestnut gelding ran in the Topham at Aintree last season. Runner up was the favourite Phar From Chance ridden by Gerald Tumelty. The eyecatcher was the Matt Hazell trained Finder Keeps, the promising Jonathan Jarrett on board, always up with the pace travelling well until weekening entering the straight on his seasonal debut. He should be spot on next time.
Ben Tuckey (minus an iron) still manages to take the Dodson & Horrell Novice Riders race Div 1
2. Club Members Maiden For Mares
Caroline Keevil sent out her third winner from her Chartehouse base in the Mendips with Sonnet Supreme justifying market confidence. Dominic Alers-Hankey was always up with the leaders and was in command when her nearest challenger Suzie Cream Cheese came down at the second last, The winner a second season maiden fell at the 10th at Bratton Down on her only run. This six year old is a likable type and should progress.
Dominic Alers-Hankey and Caroline Keevil record their third win of the meeting as Sonnet Supreme returns after landing the Mares Maiden from Adrian Wintle and Flora Poste
3. Club Members For Novice Riders (Div 2)
An easy win for Cassia Green who led all the way and jumped with great zest to win by a distance.This strapping grey out of Scallywag (I saw him win first race at Haydock) won his maiden in 2000 at Tabley but was last seen out in 2003 when winning a handicap chase for Heather Dalton. Owned by Janet Greenway and ridden by her son David, he was rather too exhuberant on the winner as he crossed the winning line.The only one to give the winner a race was Norski Lad. The big disapointment of the race was the well fancied Mind The Gate from the Mark Rimell yard, he was never in the race, soon in arrears, tailing off and pulling up.
Cassia Green and David Greenway are comfortable winners of the Novice Riders race Div 2
4. Ladies Open
Favourite backers soon knew their fate as Sailors Folly and Polly Grundy crashed out at the second. Victory went to the Kim Smyly trained Indeed To Goodness from her Shenberrow Barns Stable.Kim now has sole control of the yard because her husband Giles was recently granted a licence to train under rules. Well ridden by Fiona Wilson the combination are more than capable of winning again. Belinda Keighley riding Prince Dundee was fined £75 by the stewards for not riding out a finish as she was pipped on the line for second place. The expensive purchase (see the discussion board ) Foly Pleasant was not declared.
Polly Gundry takes a heavy fall from Ladies Open favourite Sailors Folly at the second fence
Fiona Wilson and Indeed To Goodness return with a delighted Gyles Smyly after their Ladies Open win
5. Club Members Maiden Race For Horses And Geldings (Div 1)
Sixteen went to post for this maiden for horses and geldings aged seven years or older. Only three ever got into race with Sue Sharratts Ex Irish Pointer Talioso finishing full of running to win easy by twenty lenghts in a decent time. Ran a race full of promise in 2003 on his only start when finishing second in his Irish Point. The runner up Castleford ran a race full of promise as did the Pamela Sykes trained Jolejoker who finished third, both jumping well until tiring in the home straight.
Talioso and Sue Sharrat return the day's fastest time when winning the Gelding's Maiden Div 1
6. Club Members Maiden Race For Horses And Geldings (Div 2)
The final race of the two day meeting was one of the most hectic in the betting ring and was notable for a gamble on Arctic Cherry from the Tim Stephenson yard having been backed down from fours to 7/4. The favourite Kyalami also came in for heavy support. The race itself saw Arctic Cherry and Silken Thomas going off at a suicidal pace, Nick Pearce on the favourite rode a fine race simply biding his time waiting for the front two to weaken, taking it up on the final circuit he came home in splendid isolation to send punters home happy. Showed plenty of promise last season and this progressive grey should step up and win his restricted.
Kyalami and Nick Pearce land Div 2 of the Gelding's Maiden after missing the last to avoid an injured rider
A total of 63 runners competed in the afternoons racing making a total of 135 runners over the two days.A highly succesful meeting and can only enhance the reputation of Point To Point Racing.Overnight stabling was available at the course and would be good to see horses coming down from the North to take on the best from Wessex,South Midland and West Midland areas.