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Flint & Denbigh
Bangor-on-Dee
Saturday 29th May 2010

by Arthur Shone

The Flint and Denbigh meeting between the flags at Bangor on Dee, brought the curtain down on another successful season in the North Western area. The rain beforehand had put a lot of people of coming, but the meeting remained mainly dry, those that stayed away missed a cracking days racing to finish off the season.

The Mixed Open was the feature race on the card, which was won by Little Rocker under Ben Furnival who held on gamely by half a length from Optimistic Harry. The gelding was providing Shifnal trainer Roy Smart with his first winner of the season. The winner is owned by Bernard Perkins, who used to have the horse in training under rules with Mark Pitman and with Carl Llewellyn before sending him to Smart two seasons ago.

The Confined race was won by the Sheila Crow trained Enter Paradise who stayed on well under Richard Burton to take up the running at the last fence to win going away by three lengths from the long time leader Keever under Sam Drake. The winner ran in the well known colours of owner Richard French who has had plenty of winners with the trainer over the years. Crow holds the winner in high regard, speaking after the race, she said, “He wants to learn to jump and he will be a much better horse, but he is a battler he never knows when he is beaten. He will improve a lot next year, he is a completely different horse than when I first bought him out of a field in Cork.”

There was a cracking finish to PPORA Members race for novice riders between No Virtue under Rob Jarrett and Le Seychellois with Joe Proctor in the plate, the former prevailing by half a length, despite finishing runner up Le Seychellois is the champion horse in the area beating Enter Paradise by a point, Hewitt will not be training next season as he has sold his training yard in Anglesey. The winner is owned and trained at Shobdan by Steve Flook. Speaking after the race, “He said, “I was not worried about the runner up rallying , because I knew she would pick up again. I am hoping that she is in foal to the Black Sam Bellamy, who used to be trained by Aiden O’Brien. I was going to call it a day with here after today, but I will probably run her twice more now.”

Yorkshire trainer David Easterby likes coming to Bangor, and he had another winner at the North Wales course after Attrapeur recorded his second win at the course in the Restricted, the son of Raintrap came with a perfectly judged run under Jake Greenall to take up the running at the last fence and win cosily by three lengths from Whitepark legend. Bythehokey was a further 15 lengths back in third. The winner was bought last October by Greenall’s father Lord Daresbury and sold to joint owners Anne Norton and Ben Hinchcliff.

The Open Maiden race went to Beau Troubadour who was very confidently ridden by Jeremy Mahot, who took up the running two fences from home and won eased down by a couple of lengths from the long time leader Tough Cookie, He’s A Hawker finished well in third a length away. The winner used to be trained at Bromyard by Sally Sayce until three months ago before joining Sarah Jayne-Davies at Leominster. The winner is owned jointly by Sally Sayce and George Sirrell from Bromyard, who bought the horse at the Ascot Sales last year.

The two and a half mile Maiden was won in impressive style by Sterenzelt, who won with insulting ease under Johnny England by 12 lengths very hard held from Accessallareas. The winner is trained at Stratford on Avon by Michael Gates, who took out a permit licence to train under rules ten days ago. Gates said that his charge had been dogged by niggling injuries since he was second at Cheltenham two years ago.

The final race of the 2009/10 season in the North Western Area , was the PPORA Club Members race which went to the Lady Susan Brooke trained The Hairy Mutt who was cleverly ridden by John Mathias, who jkiddded the horse throughtout the race, and won cheekily by three lengths from Shraden Edition who ran a cracking race in second . Brooke said afterwards that she bought the horse at the November Ascot Sales, where he used to be trained under rules by Evan Williams.

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