Countryside Alliance (Wales)
Monday 30th May 2011
by Brian Lee
The amazing five-year-old Findlay's Find (Nick Williams) landed the Tim Vaughan
Racing Mixed Open Race at the Countryside Alliance (Wales) meeting at Bonvillston
in fine style coming home an official 14 lengths ahead of the useful ten-year-old
Balearic Star (James Tudor).The other two runners Cottage River and Saucy Bingo
were both pulled up.
Findlay's Find was winning for the eighth time this season and according to
Williams, who has won the Welsh Riders' Championship " He jumped better
than ever.'' The one time inmate of Tim Vaughan's yard could be seen out again
Racing got under way with the 4,5,6 and 7Year-Old Open Maiden Race and Jodie Hughes, who has won the Welsh Ladies' Championship, survived a last
fence blunder on Swaaheely Girl to win by half-a-length from Cardigan Island
Owned and trained by Pontypridd's Luke Price, Swaaheely Girl, a five-year-old bay
mare, was racing for only the second time and was described by Luke,who was
saddling his fifth winner of the season, as "A bit of a bitch.'' Luke is hoping to attract
more owners and can be contacted on 07776007083.
Joseph Williams, 18, of St Mellons near Cardiff, rode a cracking race on
Jack Rowsell's ten-year-old grey Stoneriggs Merc who got up on the run-in to
win by half-a-length from the favourite Ask The Thatcher (Robbie Llewellyn).
A length down at the last fence, Stoneriggs Merc, a winner over the course earlier
this season, and who stands some 17hands high, being a grey was an appropriate
winner of the race as he has won The Grey Kid Memorial Trophy. Wyn Morris's popular Grey Kid, it will be remembered, sadly dropped dead after finishing a close
second at Trecoed last season.
The Eight- Year-Old And Over Aged Maiden Race was won by Chloe Roddick's
nine-year-old chestnut gelding Nosler who took it up five fences from the finish to
win by twenty lengths from Peter-Man (David Pritchard).
Nosler was ridden for the first time by Tom David who twenty four hours earlier
had been riding in a steeplechase in France. Tom's grandfather Jim Thomas,
a former leading point-to-point rider himself in the 1950s, was acting as a steward
for the last time having served for around 30 years.
Doctor Simon Clarke's ten-year-old bay gelding Diddle'Em gave Paul Tolman his
eleventh winner of the season when out-jumping his six rivals to win the Intermediate
Race by eight lengths from the favourite Mac Two (James Tudor).
As there will be no more racing at the very popular venue - " for a number of reasons''
says land owner Mr Tudor Harris - we can only thank him and his family for the happy
memories we will have of visiting Redlands Farm for the past 15 or so years.
Winners: Young Horse Maiden: Swaaheely Girl (Jodie Hughes)
Novice Riders: Stoneriggs Merc (Joseph Williams) 6-1
(Bradley Gibbs) 7-1
Mixed Open:Findlay's Find (Nick Williams) 2-9 fav
Aged Horse Maiden:
Nosler (Tom David) 11-2
Intermediate: Diddle'Em (Paul Tolman) 4-1
Pony Racing 128CM: Bugsy (Jack Tudor) 3-1
138CM:Pennway Tap Dance (Lorcan
Williams) 1-3 fav
148CM: Springs (Michael Bowen) 1-2 fav