The rearranged Tanatside point to point meeting at Eyton on Severn went ahead in glorious sunshine. Racing was put back an hour to allow all the frost in the ground to clear, the racecourse looking in great condition, which was a credit to the clerk of the course John Beddoes. The racing was excellent and there was a larger than normal crowd who were treated to a great days racing.
Chester trainer and rider Will Kinsey completed his first double as a trainer at the Shropshire course. The first leg came aboard Willie Wong in a decent Restricted, in doing so he beat his brother in law Richard Burton on the Sheila Crow trained Cockpit Lane by three lengths. The Anshan gelding used to be co-owned by top national hunt jockey Richard Johnson when he won his Maiden at Eyton when trained by Sheila Crow. Since joining the Kinseys he has been running under rules, where he is trained by the riders father Richard, it was good training feat by Kinsey as the winner had a year off with leg problems, Richard Kinsey said afterwards that the winner would improve from the race and added that he has a hell of an engine. The winner is owned by the Wilfilandan syndicate, which consists of the trainer, Phillip Woods, Anne Cardwell and Vicky Walker.
Kinsey had to work much harder to complete the second leg aboard Heezbehindyou in the second division of the Open Maiden as Big John Macarty under David O’Brien jumped the last with a lead of a length and a half, but Kinsey pinged the last and landed running to win a thriller in the last two strides by half a length. The winner was bought by the trainers father from Richard Aston as a 4yr old and has run under rules in hurdle races and has had leg problems in the past, the winner rounded off a good day for the Kinseys as the gelding is owned by the trainers mother Julie.
There was a shock result in the Men’s Open with the well backed odds on jolly Vicario from the Sian McCain yard getting turned over by the 10-1 shot Billigerent , who was confidently ridden by Adam Wadlow to beat Vicario by 5 lengths. Posh Dude was a further 3 lengths back in third. The winner is owned and trained at Bridgnorth by Belinda Clarke, who was reflecting that the last time her charge won a race was three years ago at Weston Park.
The second division of the Open Maiden went to the Martin Wilesmith trained Lord Bellamy with the trainers son Mark in the plate, the combination were driven out to repel Enter Paradise in the well known colours of Richard French with Richard Burton aboard by a length and a quarter. It is not very often that you see Burton finishing second four times at a meeting on well fancied horses. The Ledbury based trainer said afterwards that the winner had been plagued with niggling injuries and added that despite all the problems it was a good feeling to see him win a race at last.
Gillan Crow, who works as assistant trainer to Sian McCain’s husband Donald at Cholmondley rode his tenth career point to point winner, after the success of Gunner Be Bee in the first division of the two and a half mile Maiden, the combination quickened up on the run in to beat My Flora under Richard Burton, the runner up did Burtie no favours when jumping violently to the right at the last fence. The winner is trained at Somerwood by Gordy Edwards and was home bred by the trainers wife Sarah, who had been eventing the horse very successfully winning a dressage qualifier at Shrewsbury. The winner was bought last Christmas by John Wilson, who for many years did a great job as the North Western area secretary.
The second division of the two and a half mile Maiden went to the well backed Mi Man Sam under Paul Tolman who stayed on strongly to beat Burtie aboard the Caroline Robinson trained Shales Big Wood with Tipped up Harry a further two lengths back in third. The runner up will not be long in winning on this evidence, in fact the first three past the judge look decent The winner in trained at Shobdan by Steve Flook and owned by John Priday, Keith Morgan, Tom Jones and the trainer.
The opening Members race saw History Master win the race under Richard Burton for the second year running beating Chalk It Up with Adam Wadlow in the plate. This was Burton’s 12th winner of the season and the second one for Abberley trainer Joanne Priest. The runner up is trained by the entries secretary Jean Balmer and co-owned by the Tanatside hunt secretary Ian Anderson and David Barlow.
The best finish of the day was reserved for the Dodson & Horrell PPORA club Members for novice riders, the race developed into dual between Lara Mahon aboard Chicuelo and No Virtue under John Flook, the two market rivals in the betting jumped the last as one, but despite losing an iron on the run in Lara Mahon galvanised her mount to win by three parts of a length. The winner is trained by her father Gabe at Stratford on Avon. This was point to point racing at its best with both riders going for it at the last and with no quarter given by either horse and rider.
Jane Williams set out to make all on the Eyton specialist Step And Run in the Ladies Open, the combination did so but at a cost, the veteran gelding beat Villochely by 3 lengths, but finished lame.The winner loves this track as this was his sixth win at the Shropshire course The winner is trained at Enville by the riders mother Di, who had a weekend training double with Upton Legend winning at Brecon the day before.