Countryside Alliance Club (Wales)
Monday 28th May 2007
by Brian Lee
James Tudor was in cracking form at the Countryside Alliance Point-To-Point Steeplechases at Bonvilston on Bank Holiday Monday. The 24-year-old assistant trainer to Llancarfan's Evan Williams took division one of the maiden on The Hairy Mutt, the men's open on David Richards's Euryalus and the intermediate on Gareth Perkins's Johnsair.
Euryalus ridden by James Tudor, winner of the Men's Open, is on the left.
Upsides him is James Price on The Mighty Sparrow
Intermediate Race winner Johnsair ridden by James Tudor
All three were easy winners and the most impressive was The Hairy Mutt owned and trained by Evan Williams.
The winner of the second division of the Open Maiden Race, The Hairy Mutt ridden by James Tudor, pass through the crowd after the race
Tudor said: "This is the best horse I have ever ridden'' and Williams added "This is a serious horse and he's too good to go summer racing. He's only five and very green and could be something special.''
James Tudor is led in on The Hairy Mutt
Tudor has brought his seasonal tally of wins to 30 which is two more than his personal seasonal best set last year and with Welsh owners and trainers rallying around him he has a good chance of becoming the third Vale of Glamorgan rider to win the national riders' championship - the other two being John Llewellyn and Evan Williams.
Pencoed's Tim Vaughan, who chalked-up his 13th winner of the season on Mike Brown's Anshan's Dream in the first division of the open maiden has made sure of the Welsh riders' championship his nearest rival being Rhys Hughes who has ridden eight winners.
Tim Vaughan on Open Maiden Division One winner Anshan's Dream
The club members race for novice riders was won by Pembrokeshire's John Mathias who riding his mother's Corkan came home fifteen lengths ahead of Vanilla Man after his only serious rival Hi Tech Man went the wrong side of a marker three fences from the finish.
The Countryside Alliance Members Race for Novice Riders.
The field are about to enter the home straight for the first time
The winner of the Novice Riders Race, John Mathias on Corkan
Only four faced the starter for the ladies' open and not one of them was qualified with a Welsh hunt. The race was run at a cracking pace and Mondial Jack, ridden by 34-year-old Rachel Reynolds, beat the pacemaking 1-5 favourite Fleur De Nikos by half-a-length after both horses had jumped the penultimate fence together.
Ladies Open winner Mondial Jack ridden by Rachael Reynolds
Beth Roberts's Chesnut Annie notched-up her fourth win of the season under Isabel Tompsett when making all in the club members' race finishing a fence ahead of Buckland Boy and Marc Barber was seen at his best when landing the restricted race on Paul Evans's Danbury who came late on the scene to beat Eastwell Violet by seven lengths.
Countryside Alliance Members Race winner Chesnut Annie
The 13.2HH Pony Race winner, Stanbrook Marquessa ridden by Connor Flint before the race
Best finish of the day.
The winner of the 14.2HH Pony Race is on the right, Chucka ridden by Robert Williams
Huntsman with the Glamorgan Hunt hounds