The South Wold point to point took place on Saturday at Brocklesby Park, Habrough. The official going was “good to soft, good in places” and the racecourse was in excellent condition. 78 runners contested 8 races on the day and a good crowd was in attendance.
The first race the Richard Sanderson 5, 6, and 7 year olds Confined Maiden race had attracted 28 entries and was divided on the day to give 2 divisions. In the first division Red Square Express set a fast pace but ran out of steam to leave Jabo free to take up the running. This seven year old second season pointer was pressed by Indian Rising and Sarah Phizacklea, but stayed on strongly to win decisively in the end for Fred Bethell in what turned out to be the fastest division.
The pace was slower in division two where 9 runners went to post. Principal Lad and Miles Seston in company with Morning Moment and Johnny Bailey disputed the running for most of the way. However, they had no answers when the even money favourite Plume D’Oudaires in Lord Daresbury’s colours challenged and took the lead. The runners up in both divisions should be noted next time out as it cannot be too long before they score.
Plume D’Oudaires was the first leg of a double for Tom Greenall who put a disappointing week at the Cheltenham Festival behind him. The second leg came in the NFU Restricted race on board Impact Zone, a five year old who had won his maiden at the Brocklesby meeting. This is clearly a progressive horse and should be watched wherever trainer David Easterby sends him next.
Tom’s younger brother Toby also completed a double at the meeting. His first winner came on the useful Buy Onling in the PPORA novice riders race sponsored by Robert Howell Construction. This Cherry Coward trained eight year old won by eight lengths from decent performer My Best Buddy and Johnny Bailey. The first two horses and riders in this race qualified for the £1000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club members Novice riders series final at Tabley on Sunday 17th May.
Toby had the enviable task of riding the highly rated Sonevafushi in the D & M Barthorpe Mixed Open race. This horse who was winning for the third time this season went off the 2- 5 favourite and won by five lengths from The Hookie Bookie and Tom Ellis.
Accordion Roilelet was the sixth Yorkshire trained winner of the day when he landed the R. Wisby Family Butcher’s Open maiden race for 8 year olds and upwards. Croftburn looked like the winner after the last fence but was outbattled by Accordion Roilelet who gave Miles Seston his second winner since returning from an horrendous injury last year. Trainer Antony Ross was quick to say that the horse is for sale and the owner Miss Stevely is open to offers.
Sam Waley Cohen who is fresh from success at Cheltenham this week was backed into favouritism on the grey mare Fiddle in the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race. However, Viceroy Close who had made the journey from Norfolk was too good for his rivals and scored by ten lengths for trainer / rider David Kemp. Kemp, who was winning for the fourth time this season with Viceroy Close said that the horse had improved this season since his jumping had got better. The first four past the post are eligible for the £7500 3 miles 1 ½ furlongs Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Point to Point Championship Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham on Wednesday 6th May.
Another useful horse to make the journey from Norfolk was The Piper’s Son who took the Gleadell Agriculture Confined Hunts race. This horse was ridden by Joe Docker and was winning for the second time this season.
The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Grove and Rufford Point to Point at Welbeck on Saturday 21st March, first race 12.30pm.
The programme that Ruby Wax was filming for at the Blankney Point to Point will be shown at 9pm on Tuesday 31st March on the Blightly channel.