A good crowd were treated to some exciting finishes at the Stevenstone Point-to-Point meeting at Vauterhill on Bank Holiday Monday where the heavy rain stayed away until after the last race.
The open ditch was omitted throughout the afternoon, resulting in some very quick times. Some new training faces were seen in the area, with trainer Rod Chelton's Triggywinkle scoring under Leanda Tickle, in the Jockey Club's Mares Maiden Race. Now based at North Petherton in Somerset the delighted trainer stated "She is a mare we bred in France before we moved back to England, and now the only one I have in training, and I am helped by Ruth Tilsley Baker."
Just Seven provided favourite backers with a win in the opening members race.. Under jockey Vicky Wade, Just Seven made virtually all to win by ten lengths. Owner/trainer Roy Smith bought the horse in Ireland four years ago. "He had a good run, he is a big horse and has just come into himself, it is a family affair and I ride him out daily." stated the trainer.
The Restricted race was won with a fine tactical ride by promising jockey Jake Bament on Peterbrown, Templestatefloresco and Templeton threw down challenges at the second last but Bament switched Peterbrown to the inside and held on to win by a neck in a thrilling finish. Trained by Karyn Heard who was delighted with his run, she stated that "Peterbrown found the ground at Upcott Cross too soft for him, he is young and progressive." Owner Sally White was delighted " It is magic when you have a winner, his second this season."
Parkam Jack gave trainer Kayley Woollacott her 21st winner of the season, when taking the Mixed Open. The winner travelled well, coming home ten lengths ahead of Welstonedruid. Jockey Jamie Thomas, having just ridden his 17th winner of the season quoted "I turned down the back straight and just gave him a squeeze and he took off. It is my best season ever."
Four lined up for the Confined race, in which odds on favourite It's All Or Nothing demonstrated a good style of jumping to fend off his main challenger Swansbrook to the delight of his owner Rob White. Trained by Charlotte Rowe who stated, "He just gets better and better, and is so easy to do at home." The champagne corks are bound to be popping at The Blacksmiths Arms, owned by Rob White, who stated "I am looking forward to It's All Or Nothing's Restricted entry at Stratford which he qualified for previously, we will see how he comes out of this race first."
The Woollacott team saddled two of the three runners contesting the Intermediate race, with King Kash heading out the odds on favourite under Jamie Thomas. However it was young Heidi Lewis who set the pace in front on Pasternak Jack, coming home five lengths ahead of the late challenging Hallo Dolly, with King Kash three lengths back in third. Trainer Kayley Woollacott gave all credit to Heidi, "She works full time for us, and puts in over and above working 24/7 on her days off too, showing real dedication."
David Noonan rode a patient ride in the nine runner Open Maiden race, steering home The Persuader to get up to win by five lengths from Thirtyfirst Dansar. Trainer Caroline Prouse was delighted with her first winner in her own colours. "David gave him a peach of a ride, and made up so much ground. We bought him from Doncaster two years ago, he is a big backward sort, but showed lots of promise last year at Bratton."