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Sunday 4th May 2008
by Graham Taylor
photos by Neale Blackburn

A large crowd witnessed some exciting racing when The Fernie Hunt held their popular Point to Point meeting at Dingley, near Market Harborough, on Sunday.

Ashby de la Zouch based owner/rider, Richard Armson was in top form when riding home the last two winners.

The meeting opened with nine horses entered for The Club Members Race, open to Novice Riders and sponsored by Summit Engineering. This produced a first time win for young Johnny Bailey riding the stables consistent gelding, My Best Buddy. Taking the twelve year old to the front from the start Bailey timed the race well and had eight lengths to spare at the line. Joint market leader, Willie The Kid, held on for second place with Rainbow Tree taking third.

My Best Buddy and Johnny Bailey (Orange & yellow stars) head for the win in the Novice Riders

Watling JCB sponsored the second race, The Confined Hunts and here eight went to post. This produced a second win for the Bailey stable and a fiftieth win for owner/rider Richard Hunnisett. Hunnisett sent Harapour clear after disputing the lead for much of the way to beat the Tom Ellis ridden, Bobbies Ryde with Exceptional taking third spot.

Harapour brings up the half century for Richard Hunnisett in the Confined

Eight horses went to post for The Confined Maiden Race, kindly sponsored by Bishop Beamish, the Property Consultants. This produced a win for the Belvoir trained five year old, Beau Sam. Jockey, Matt Briggs had the young horse in touch for most of the way and had three lengths to spare at the post from Smart Mistress and third placed Murphy’s Nails.

Beau Sam (Matt Briggs), winners of the confined Maiden

Beau Sam (Matt Briggs) led back after winning the confined Maiden

The feature race, The Fernie Four-Mile Mixed Open, was sponsored by Welland Valley Feeds of Market Harborough and eight horses went to post. Bedtime Boys, the market leader took up the running going into the final circuit and looked to be going the best. However, Parsonhumfrywebber, a winner here last year, was produced late by rider, Georgina Andrews and won by three parts of a length. Third horse home was Gillies Nephew.

Georgina Andrews aboard Parsonhumfreywebber (nearside - Black) upsides Gillies Nephew (Joe Docker) on route to victory in the Fernie four-miler

The winning horse is eligible to run in the £10,000 3 ½ f. Volkswagen Touareg Championship Final at Towcester in May.

Tenon of Leicester kindly sponsored race five, The Restricted Race and nine were declared to run. This produced the first of a double for Richard Armson. His mount, Burn Brook, and favourite The Fast Frog, set the pace for most of the way but when the latter fell four fences out, Armson pushed his mount clear and won with a bit in hand. French Bey and Tanners Hall took second and third.

Burn Brook, the first of a double for Richard Armson, in the Restricted

All smiles... Richard Armson looks happy after the Restricted

Final race on an exciting card was the Open Maiden Race, sponsored by Tilton ATV and 15 horses went to post. This produced a win for the unraced, yet well supported seven year old, Bentoto. Trained by Mike and Jill Dawson, rider Richard Armson always had the gelding up with the leaders and brought the horse through with two fences to jump and won with a little in hand. This gave Armson his second success of the afternoon. Fair Promise and Rock Charlie took second and third.

Bentoto completes a double for Richard Armson in the open Maiden

Next local Midland Area meeting is the Melton Hunt Club which is to take place at Garthorpe, near Melton Mowbray on Sunday 11 th May at 2.00pm.

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