It was a day for favourites at Garthorpe on Sunday where five of the eight races were won by the market leader. A high turnout of horses saw 81 runners from 160 entries face the starter.
Local trainer Antonia Bealby sent out the well backed Legendary Hop from her Barrowby stables. Brian Duke's homebred five year old mare made an eye catching debut at Thorpe in February and won on the bridle. Legendary Hop is the second foal bred by Hopping Mad who won a mare's Maiden and went on to be placed in a Hunter Chase. Duke, who is a builder from Market Rasen was thrilled with his winner, ridden by Olly Murphy and the faster of the two divisions of the Stonelodge Industries Ltd. Maiden race.
Division two went to the six year old Landenstown Star who gave trainer/ rider Samantha Klug her first winner of the season in decisive fashion. This gelding who is by Bob's Return had failed to complete in two previous starts in Point- to- Points but now appears to have got his jumping act together. Owner George Pickering, who was one of the best riders in the Midlands Area in the 1960's, returned to Point- to- Point ownership when purchasing Landenstown Star at Ascot in November.
Oakham trainer Holly Campbell and jockey Joe Docker are in fine form. They followed up their winner last week at the Brocklesby by scoring with Silver Tenor in the Restricted race kindly sponsored by The North Family (Ranksborough Polo). Silver Tenor is owned by the Silver Hunting Partnership.
Primary school teacher Gemma Hutchinson is on course to retain her Midlands Area Leading Lady Rider title kindly sponsored by D & M Barthorpe. Zilcash, who seems to like Garthorpe, gave her a second winner of the season in the Strugess Volvo Ladies Race. Zilcash the 2-5F beat The Hookie Bookie and Vingis Park.
Border Fusion, again a favourite, faced just four rivals in the Men's Open kindly sponsored by Barnsdale Lodge and Mr & Mrs W. De Gale. Border Fusion who was ridden by Will Tellfer beat Oedipe and Jack Greenall.
The enigmatic Sovereign Quest gave leading Midlands Area rider Richard Armson his third winner of the season in the Mallard Pawnbrokers and Jewellers Member's race. Armson is the key to getting the best out of this gelding who has to go down to the post early.
Armson was fancied to ride a double when he was legged up on Milson Robinson's Menchikov in the Hellyer Family Midlands Area Club race. This horse started at 6-4F and only failed by half a length to the classy Christy Beamish.
As well as the racing there were other attractions including a parade of hounds and a Children's Bouncy Castle. The Grumpy Huntsman Bar supplied champagne to the winners and there was a good range of trade stands.
The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the South Wold Point- to- Point at Brocklesby Park on Saturday 19th March, first race 12.30pm.