Llangeinor & Pentyrch
Dunraven Stud, Pyle
Saturday 19th April 2014
by Brian Lee
Bradley Gibbs, aged 20, from Ynysybwl, who rides out for Aberthin National Hunt trainer Tim Vaughan, was in cracking form at the Llangeinor & Pentyrch Hunts Point-to-Point Steeplechases at the Dunraven Stud, Llanmihangel Farm, at Pyle near Bridgend, where he rode a four-timer. And three of those wins on BringInTheBranston, Bajan Blu and Only Time'll Tell were on horses owned and trained by the stud's owner Mr David Brace OBE.
After finishing unplaced in the opening young horse maiden on Dunraven Doc, won by Evan David on the Robert Luke trained Midnight Grace, owned and bred by show jumper Steve Hadley, Bradley's first win came in the confined in which the blinkered BringInTheBranston outjumped his four rivals to score by eight lengths from the odds-on favourite Tiger Rag (James Tudor).
Then in a match for the members' race, Bradley on Bajan Blu made nearly every post a winning one when just holding on from the odds-on Banned In Bhutan (James Tudor) by
a neck to deny Cyril Liley a first win in the race. Cyril, one of the joint-masters of the hunt, has been trying to win this race for years as an owner and a rider and
has been runner-up on nine occasions!
Mr Kristen Jacka's six-year-old bay gelding Mr Sawyer gave Bradley his third win of the day when winning the restricted by a head from the favourite High Hatton (James Tudor). Mr Jacka, a Treorkey shop keeper, said "He won a maiden at Lower Machen last year, and he loves this quick ground. I fancied that much that I had a good bet on
him at 25-1."
Bradley's fourth winner of the day came in the open maiden race in which on the always prominent OnlyTime'll Tell he led at the second last to beat the best turned out Perky Bob (Nick Williams) by one-and-a-half-lengths.
David Llewellyn's homebred prolific Rosies Peacock, under regular rider Welsh champion John Mathias, had the men's open race won a long way out and came home ten lengths ahead of Heavenstown, ridden by former national champion James Tudor, who had a frustrating run of seconds. James cannot be that many winners short of his 250th.
Super Villan, a 10-year-old chestnut gelding and a former winner under National Hunt rules, gave Nelson farmer Paul Webb and his trainer son Ceri their first win
when landing the ladies' open race by one-and-a-half lengths from Teenage Kicks. Confidently ridden by Emma Moseley, Super Villan was wearing cheek pieces for the first time. "That was awesome" said Emma on dismounting. The odds-on favourite Lauberhorn, ridden by Anna Metekohy, was left with too much ground to make up and slipped up on the last bend when coming with a late dash.
The organisers did well in watering the course during the week before racing and were rewarded with more runners than they could really have expected. The crowd certainly appeared to be enjoying the racing and despite a cold wind during the early part of the day, many could be seen picnicking and plenty of people stayed behind to see David Brace's 13-year-old grandson Connor win both pony races. The 138cms on his bay mare Molly, who is the same age as his rider, and the 148cms & under open pony Race on his 8-year-old bay mare Dont Tell Dai.