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Atherstone
Clifton-on-Dunsmore
Sunday 20th April 2008
by Graham Taylor
photos by Graham Fisher

As expected, a decent size crowd enjoyed some excellent and exciting racing, when the Atherstone Hunt held their annual Point to Point meeting at Clifton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby. On an eight race card, the feature race was the £1000 Mares & Fillies Championship Final and this attracted horses from near and far. The eventual winner travelling up from Devon.

First race up was the Members Race and this attracted a field of four. The race being kindly sponsored by M.J.Carter Associates. This went to the Jon Day ridden, Datito, who had too much pace for Earl Token and Spanish Brook, who took second and third placings.


Jon Day and Datito complete an easy victory in the Members race

Eleven horses went to post for race two, The Confined Hunts Race, this being sponsored by Howkins & Harrison, Property Specialists. This resulted in a good win for the nine year old Sleep Bal, a promising second at Garthorpe recently. Stuart Morris always had the gelding handy and won this race in the fastest time of the day. Sovereign Quest and Walking Sunday took the minor placings.


Sleep Bal and Stuart Morris get in a little close at the last before landing the Confined

The TBA & PPROA sponsored the Mares & Fillies Championship Final. Seven horses went to post here. Leading fancy Kiama, winner already of three races this season and partnered by top jockey, Polly Gundry, went into an early lead and never looked like getting caught. Ledbury horse, Mrs White and outsider, One For The Lads, took the minor placings.


Kiama and Polly Gundry take the Mares & Fillies Championship Final in great style

Trinity Motors of Hinckley sponsored the Mens Open Race. This race attracted a field of six and this went to the Malcolm Arthurs trained, True Friday, who was recording a hat trick of wins. Jockey, Richard Armson had the mare well placed throughout and had five lengths to spare from Tooley Park. Capt Jack finishing third.


True Friday and Richard Armson run out comfortable winners of the Mens Open

Eight went to post for The Ladies Open Race. James Bennett kindly sponsored here. This was a win for the Hutchinson stable from Theddingworth. Limerick Leader, ridden by daughter, Gemma, took over at halfway and held off Titus Bramble and the favourite, Fauntleroy.


Eventual winner Limerick Leader and Gemma Hutchinson leads Fauntleroy and Pirate Flagship at halfway in the Ladies Open

Sixth race on the card was the Restricted Race. G.& C.A. Lee of Tamworth were sponsors here and twelve horses went to post. This resulted in a win for the consistent seven year old, Mad Victor. Rider Clare Allen had the gelding up with the pace and took over three fences from home to win comfortably. Eydon Run and Pass The Parsel took second and third.


Mad Victor and Claire Allen take the Restricted from Eydon Run

Race seven was the Open Maiden Race, Division 1 and this attracted a field of 14. The family of the late Mrs Harry Barton kindly sponsored here. This resulted in a win for the Ledbury horse, Clifford T.Ward, well ridden by Liam Payter. The Joe Docker ridden, The Factor ran on to take second spot with outsider, Red Alf, owned and ridden by Richard Armson taking third.


Clifford T Ward and Liam Payter are clear at the last from The Factor in the Maiden Div1

Eighth and final race of the day was Division 2 of the Open Maiden Race, sponsored by Sharnford Tractors Ltd. Thirteen were declared here. This race was won by ex-Irish pointer, Parkbridge Lad, who was well ridden by Hannah Watson. The winner came late to take the lead from early pace setter, Highlight Girl. Owston Ferry ran on to take third spot.


Parkbridge Lad and Hannah Watson (left) just get the better of Highlight Girl (Henry Kinchin) in the Maiden Div2

Next Local Point to Point meeting is the Quorn at Garthorpe which takes place on Sunday 27 th April.

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