Easter Monday 13th April 2009
by Amanda Sloyan
Photos by Alun Sedgemore
Pembrokeshire the name for success
Having a connection with Pembrokeshire proved the key to success at Easter Monday’s popular point-to-point meeting held at Lydstep, near Tenby.
DSCF235509 - Views of the sea at Lydstep
South Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire qualified horses were the winners of six of the seven races held during the afternoon including both of the ‘Maiden’ races, David Llewellyn’s Rosie’s Peacock took the first over 3 miles, a homebred 6year old, who showed progressive form last season, he gave the large holiday crowd a nice return to those who invested their money at 7-1. The Llewellyn family have been involved in the West Wales area for many years and past South Pembs Committee Chairman and trainers father Eryl was on hand to help receive the Silverware.
Jumping the first in the Open Maiden Race for 4,5,6 and 7 year olds
Rosies Peacock and John Mathias (right) on the way to winning the Open Maiden Race - on the left is Dai Jones on Bless Me Father
Ludchurch residents Eric Clough and partner Dorothy Harries were thrilled with 2m 4f Maiden winner Pathian Prince who was building on his last run when second at the Glamorgan meeting. Ridden by Manobiers John Mathias, it was to be John’s 2nd leg of an afternoons treble, having also been the rider of Rosies Peacock; he went on to partner Dai Rees Kisha King to victory in the Intermediate. The 4-5 fav now heads the area horse awards with this his third win of the season.
A treble for John Mathias. Seen here on the way winning the Intermediate Race on Kisha King
David Underwood’s Esters Boy and Kyle Yates were to foil a four timer for Mathias when beating Misamon by a head in the Men’s Open with Rosetown and Nathan Deakin in third it was a 1-2-3 for Pembrokeshire horses and riders but the link was broken in the Ladies Open.
Early stages of the Restricted Race
Chloe Roddick made the trip from Somerset to partner the Rob Scrine trained Bob Bites Back to victory. This was a brave run from the 7 year old after taking a heavy fall the week before at the Llandeilo meeting when trying to chase Chestnut Annie. Today with no ‘Annie’ to beat Chloe was able to wear down ‘stable mate’ Twilight Dancer and Isobel Thompsett to lead by a couple of lengths at the line but the betting public received small reward at the price of 4-6 fav.
A close finish to the Ladies Open Race. On the right is the winner, Bob Bites Back and Chloe Roddick, just getting the better of Isabel Tompsett on Twilight Dancer
Another successful Lady rider was Chartered accountant Lucy Jones who will be in work at her Pembroke Dock office, happy with an easy win when taking the opening members race aboard her aptly named Dancing Credit another odds on winner.
Lucy Jones and Dancing Credit cross the line to win the Members Race
Current leader of the Area Champion Maiden title is Doctor Supremo after a 5 length victory in the Concluding Restricted race, trained in Clarbeston Road by Robert Luke and ridden by Fishguard’s Andrew Johns, it brought a close to a competitive days racing, which will welcome the Tivyside back at Lydstep on the 19th April.
Tim Vaughan and some of the riders and connections walk the course before the Pony Races
A close finish to the 138 cms Pony Race. Molly and Robert Williams getting the better of Cinnamon and Dan Muscutt