Ystrad Taf Fechan
Saturday 16th April 2011
by Brian Lee
Bradley Gibbs,16, who rides out for Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan- who incidentlly made racing history on Saturday when saddling Beshabar the first horse trained in Wales to win the Scottish Grand National- had a weekend he will never forget.
He not only rode his first winner he also rode his first double.The former pony racing competitor began the day by riding his father David's Cinaman to victory over the pace-making Little Miss Monty in the Members' Race and ended the day as he started it by winning the last race- the Aged Horse Maiden- on Glencaum a chance ride.
Owned by Mrs Mary Davies and trained by her husband John, who was celebrating his birthday, Glencaum, an eight-year-old bay mare, soon drew clear of the four geldings in the race to win by eighteen lengths from the favourite Freddie Lane (Nick Williams). Glencaum was a first winner between-the-flags for the Davies's who have had winners under rules. As for young Bradley, he rode Pelenor to victory in a novice riders' race 24 hours later at Cothelstone. And one thing for sure he will soon be losing that novice tag!
Paul Miles and his wife Myfanwy landed both the men's and Ladies' Open races. Findlay's Find, a five-year-old chestnut gelding, "bred to win a Derby" said Myfanwy under Nick Williams had a length-and-half to spare over Little Shilling, ridden by Tom David in the John Lovell Memorial Mens Open Race, and around 45 minutes later, their prolific mare Lady Myfanwy, ridden by Claire Hart, made one of her rare appearances at a Welsh point and came home a comfortable three lengths clear of Micks Prospect, ridden by Lucy Pearce. Lady Myfanwy's total of wins now reads 23 between-the-flags and three hunter chases.
In the Restricted, the grey Sherfield Don, a 10-1 chance, owned by Neil Edwards and David Spear of Bargoed, made every post a winning one under Johnny England to win by a length from Diamondaire (Tom David). Not the easiest of horses to train apparently, ten-year-old Sherfield Don cost his owners £1,100 at the Ascot Sales a couple of years ago. Johnny England, who rides out for Evan Williams, had celebrated his 20th birthday the day before.
David Brace's seven-year-old bay gelding Ask The Thatcher,under Tom David, took the Intermediate by ten lengths from Floridahal ( Nick Williams) after leading his three rivals throughout. A winner over the course three weeks earlier, Ask The Thatcher was two seconds slower than winning last time.
Bridgend builder Roger Willcox won the Young Horse Maiden with his ex-Irish point-to-pointer Dunshane a five-year-old bay gelding trained by his son John. Dunshane, confidently ridden by Josh Harris, was left well clear when the chasing Millys Delight, who had never looked like catching him, fell five fences from the finish.Her rider Byron Moorcroft sustained a broken collar bone and was unable to ride
Glencaum. Dunshane won by five lengths from the favourite The Last Bullit (Mathew Barber) who made up a lot of ground in the closing stages.
What they said
Cinaman: "He can be a bit of a monkey." - Bradley Gibbs, rider
Sherfield Don: "He's a Howler." - Neil Edwards, owner/trainer
Ask The Thatcher: "He's so gutsy." - Tom David, rider
Findlay's Find: "I could have won by 15 lengths." - Nick Williams, rider
Lady Myfanwy: "She's Awesome." - Claire Hart, rider
Dunshane: "Everytime he heard the others behind he ran on again." - Josh Harris, rider
Glencaum: "I want to thank everyone especially John Mathias who has been a big help to me." - Bradley Gibbs, rider
Ystradowen starting prices
Members: Cinaman (Bradley Gibbs) 4-6 fav
Restricted: Sherfield Don (Johnny England) 10-1
Intermediate: Ask The Thatcher (Tom David) 5-2
Men's Open: Findlay's Find (Nick Williams) evens jt.fav
Ladies' Open: Lady Myfanwy (Claire Hart) 1-5 fav
Young Horse Maiden: Dunshane (Josh Harris) 5-2
Aged Maiden: Glencaum (Bradley Gibbs) 5-1