The final point-to-point meeting in the Sandhurst area on Monday attracted just 13 runners for the six races at Hackwood Park.
The biggest field of the day, four in the Painsmith Solicitors Mens Open provided one of the most exciting finishes of the season anywhere in the country! Beadnell Bay, having walked over for the Ladies Open half an hour earlier, beat Chaucers Miller and Left To Himself by two short heads - and nobody was arguing with judge Jackie Porter’s decision!
William White, successful on Beadnell Bay, followed up on Aill Na Serracht in the Hursley Hambledon Committee Restricted and went on to win the Rutland Partners Maiden on General Bob. His treble brought his successes at Hackwood to four, landing him the Kitty Ward-Thomas trophy for the season’s leading rider on the course.
Hugh McKenna, currently a work rider for Lambourn trainer Charlie Mann, took the two horse Hursley Hambledon and Isle of Wight Members Race on Donerailles Choice. McKenna thus became joint winner with Fenton Ramsahoye for the Yahoo trophy for leading novice rider in the area.
Firm ground deterred most trainers from running their horses, but for those that did run fears were unfounded. Throughout the season Hackwood racecourse has been presented in superb condition, but without the facility to water the ground Clerk of the Course Bill Welling had no alternative on Monday but to describe the going as ‘Firm’.
Small fields at all three meetings are poor reward for Welling and for the team of volunteers which enables point-to-point meetings to exist. As at the start of the season when frost caused multiple cancellations, the weather is the deciding factor.
Hursley Hambledon IOW Members
Countryside Alliance, Veteran and Novice Riders
Equestrian Fencing Ladies Open
Painsmith Solicitors Mens Open
Hursley Hambledon Committee Restricted
Rutland Partners Maiden