Saturday 8th March 2008
by Brian Lee
photos by Alun Sedgemore
Miss takes teen Ceri to the winning post in her very first point-to-point
CERI EVANS, of Cwmgwyddau, Talgarreg, came in for plenty of praise after landing the ladies’ open race on her nine-year-old bay mare, Miss Sallyfield, at the Carmarthenshire Hunt point-to-point steeplechases at Erw Lon where there were just three bookmakers in attendance.
Ceri Evans after winning the Ladies Open Race on Miss Sallyfield
Ceri,16, who weighs in at just seven stone three pounds, was having her first ride in a point-to-point. Jumping the last fence in second place, Miss Sallyfield, a 6-1 chance, finished strongly to beat Swifts Hill, ridden by Welsh lady champion rider Isabel Tompsett, by six lengths.
Judge and Timekeeper brave the elements
Last season’s national novice champion John Mathias took the members’ race on Christine Toy’s Tokpela and the men’s open on his father Philip’s Feathered Storm.
Early stages of the Men's Open Race
And former national champion Richard Burton won the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate qualifier on Gareth Samuel’s Classic Tilly.
David Brace’s Joshua Squashuar, partnered by Lucy Pearce-Rowsell, who had finished a good second to Councillor Jack six days earlier at Howick, beat the odds-on favourite Well Mick in the horses’ maiden and Marc Barber took the mares’ maiden on the German-bred Mescalera.
Runners and riders in the Open Maiden Race for Horses and Geldings.
The winner, Joshua Squashuar ridden by Lucy Rowsell is on the left of the picture
Joshua Squashuar ridden by Lucy Rowsell after winning the Open Maiden Race for Horses and Geldings
Mescalera ridden by Marc Barber winning the Open Maiden Race for Mares Only
There were only four runners in the restricted and this went to the odds-on favourite Presenting Star ridden by Hengoed’s Rhys Hughes.
Jumping the first in the Restricted Race
Presenting Star ridden by Rhys Hughes after winning the Restricted Race
Rhys Flint took both divisions of the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club novice riders’ race at the Sir W W Wynn’s meeting at Bangor-on-Dee with Iris’s Prince, who was completing a four-timer in the first, and Bobosh in the second. This brought the brilliant 16-year-old rider’s total for the season to nine and he will now take some pegging back in the national novice riders’ championship.
Reigning national champion James Tudor brought his season’s tally of wins to 15 when scoring on To The Top (confined) at Saturday’s Oxford University Hunt Club meeting.
Well done Welsh ladies’ champion point-to-point rider Isabel Tompsett on riding her first winner on the flat at Wolverhampton last Monday. Vet Isabel, 25, riding Craig Roberts’s Dreams Jewel, a 14-1 outsider, won the Pontin’s Amateur Riders’ Handicap (Div 1) over one mile five furlongs by the narrowest margin possible – a nose. Isabel, who doesn’t have many rides on the flat, said, “I didn’t think we had won to be honest but he put his head down and kept galloping and just got there.”
Jessica Jones on Native Commander in the Members Race
Heavy going by the Secretary's tent