Saturday 2nd May 2009
by Brian Lee
Dai Jones rode a double before a large crowd at the Llangeinor Hunt Steeplechases on Paul Miles's Lady Myfanwy (men's open) and Catherine Rhead's Bless Me Father (young horse maiden).
Dai took the lead four fences from the finish on the prolific mare Lady Myfanwy to withstand by half-a-length the challenge of the pacemaking Minsgill Mans and on Bless Me Father he had 25 lengths to spare over David Brace's Dockbridge.
Dai Jones and Lady Myfanwy (no.5) on the way to winning the Men's Open Race
A double for Dai Jones (orange colours) and Bless Me Father seen here jumping the second fence on the way to winning the Open Maiden Race for younger horses
Only two faced the starter in the ladies' open and Ingrid Shervington's Grey Kid, partnered by Jodie Hughes, made all to beat the Worcestershire invader Touch Closer, ridden by 'Phene' Banks, by 20 lengths.
Jodie Hughes and Grey Kid jump the last to win the Ladies Open Race
Tom David notched-up his fifth winner of the season on his grandfather Rhys David's grey mare Tanmeya who outjumped her four rivals to win the members' race by twenty lengths from Its Danny Boy. Tom's younger brother Evan came in third on Merthyrmawr.
Tom David and Tanmeya on the way to the start for the Members Race
Dancing Credit, partnered by her owner Lucy Jones, won her third race on the bounce when coming home twelve lengths ahead of Passenger Omar after making most of the running in the confined.
Lucy Jones and Dancing Credit after winning the Confined Hunts Race
And former leading National Hunt trainer John Edwards saw his What Of It land a gamble in the restricted.The six-year-old ex-Irish horse, ridden by his son Tim, 31,and trained by his daughter Sophie George, and backed from 7-1 to 5-2, took up the running approaching the penultimate fence to score by three lengths from the pacemaking favourite Burren Chieftain.
Tim Edwards and What Of It jump the last to win the Restricted Race
Dai Rees's Running Lord, at eleven the oldest horse in the aged maiden race, gave Tenby's John Mathias his 14th winner of the season
when accounting for the pacemaking Musique En Tete. Running Lord has overcome all sorts of niggling injuries and once caught his foot in a horse walker.
Open Maiden Race for eight year olds and over winner, Running Lord and John Mathias, can be seen in the centre of the picture
Alice Tudor,11,daughter of Judith Tudor the Hon.Secretary of the races,
rode her first winner on her 13-year-old pony Bugsy who took the 138cm
There were only two starters for 148cm open pony race and
Jordan Williams,11, riding Tommys Girl, beat his brother Robert,15, riding Oscar.
A large turn out at Laleston
Members:Tanmeya (Tom David) 1-2 fav
Confined: Dancing Credit (Lucy Jones) 2-5 fav
Ladies Open:Grey Kind (Jodie Hughes) 2-7 fav
Men's Open:Lady Myfanwy(Dai Jones) 1-2 fav
Restricted:What Of It (Tim Edwards) 5-2
Young Horse Maiden: Bless Me Father(Dai Jones)7-4 fav
Aged Horse Maiden:Running Lord(John Mathias) 5-2
13.8cm Pony Race: Bugsy (Alice Tudor) evens fav
14.8cm Pony Race: Tommys Girl (Jordan Williams) 1-5 fav