The biggest cheers of the season were heard at the Pembrokeshire Hunt Steeplechases on Saturday when Roger Willcox's Innisam Storm landed the open maiden race under Cowbridge's James Tudor who in chalking-up his 34th winner of the season has drawn level with the sidelined Richard Burton for the national men's point-to-point championship.
A delighted Mr Willcox, who was saddling his first winner in two years, said, "I bought Innisam Storm as an unbroken four-year-old from David Brace. He's a lovely horse and my daughter Hannah rides him out.”
Innisam Storm was the second leg of a double for Tudor who earlier had finished alone on SeanieTheSmuggler in the men's open after his solitary rival Batchworth Lock had sadly broken down five fences from the finish.
Colin Warner's Top Commander, backed from 20-1 to 14-1 and ridden by Tim Houlbrooke, won the restricted by half-a-length from Eastwell Violet with the odds on favourite Devil's Teardrop, partnered by James Tudor, a further five lengths away in third.B everley Thomas who trains the winner and the third said: "That was unexpected.”
In a match for the ladies' open, fifteen-year-old Longstone Boy, ridden by Isabel Tompsett, finished alone after Usk Valley pulled up lame four fences from home.
Hengoed's Rhys Hughes took the intermediate race on Robert Scrine's Hume Theatre, who won by twelve lengths from the James Tudor partnered Silent Too, and Gary Barber's fifteen-year-old Derring Dove, ridden by Lee Evans, 18, belied his years when getting up on the run-in to beat Admiral Brown by a length.
Members: Derring Dove (Lee Evans) 6-1
Restricted: Top Commander (Tim Houlbrooke) 14-1
Men's Open: SeannieTheSmuggler (James Tudor) 1-2 fav
Open Maiden: Innisam Storm (James Tudor) 7-4
Ladies' Open: Longstone Boy (Isabel Tompsett) 1-3 fav
Intermediate: Hume Theatre (Rhys Hughes) evens fav