The curtain came down on the 2015 Point-to-Point season in the Midlands Area with the Melton Hunts Club meeting at Garthorpe where a fair crowd enjoyed three pony races followed by a seven race Point-to-Point card.
Kelly Morgan teamed up with leading Garthorpe horse Lough Inch for a fourth win at the course in the Fisher German Midlands Area Club race. This win sealed the D & M Barthorpe Lady rider and Novice rider Championship for Kelly who has enjoyed a fantastic season. "What a horse! He just travels so well. I was under strict instructions from Tom not to sit still at the last this time." Said the delighted rider. Tom Morgan trains the horse who is owned by his partner Liz Harris. Lough Inch beat The King Of Angels, the best turned out horse, by three lengths with Zaffarans Scene in third.
Tom Morgan and Liz Harris completed a double later in the afternoon when the five year old Tulsa finished alone in the four runner Melton Mowbray Tyres Four, Five and Six Year olds Open Maiden race over two and a half miles under Tommie O'Brien. "He will go out in the field now ready for next year. There is going to be a party tonight in the Royal Horseshoes at Waltham-on-the-Wolds." Said Morgan.
Tom Strawson already had the Men's title in the bag at the start of racing; however he extended his lead and took his tally for the season to 10 winners when teaming up with owner Roger Jackson for a double. Lord Golan who had shown promise in two earlier runs, lost his Maiden status in convincing style beating Ask Away by six lengths in the Odey Investment Management Open Maiden race over three miles. "He deserved that; he jumped a lot better today and was racing, he was superb." Said Roger Jackson. There was an eye catching run from the third horse Kayjaydee; the mare had shown promise last season but has been side-lined with an injury for much of the campaign and looks like a winner waiting to happen for young rider Tom Broughton.
Jackson and Strawson only had to wait another thirty five minutes to return to the winner's enclosure; Gonalston Cloud put a disappointing run at Cheltenham behind him with a victory in the Lance & Urky Newton Mixed Open race sponsored by The Sandicliffe Group. "What a nice way to end the season!" exclaimed Jackson. Gonalston Cloud has now won five times and is the leading horse in the Midlands Area. Thanks For Coming was three and a half lengths away in second with Fred Henderson. Commenting on his highly successful season Tom Strawson said "At the start of the season I set myself a target of riding more winners than last year and holding on to the Championship. It has been an incredible time for me and I am very grateful to my loyal owners. I have run out of rides now so will be looking forward to eating again!"
She's Real claimed the Leading Mare award with an easy win in the TBA Club Member's race For Mares and Fillies sponsored by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association. "It's up to the trainer Helen Connors but I would imagine she will run here again at the Meynell." Said the delighted winning owner John Chatfeild-Roberts. This was a third win of the season for rider Tom Chatfeild-Roberts who is a third year veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Lady Vicstar finished second for Andrew Sansome and Susie Tarry.
Lady Vicstar's rider Jonny Bailey went one better in the opening Melton Hunt Club Members Conditions race sponsored by Melton Mowbray Market when Judy Wilson's Proximo returned to form beating Edgar Henry and Lucy Wheeler by six lengths. Proximo came to challenge Edgar Henry three fences from home and out jumped him two out, drawing clear on the run in. "Proximo has had his problems; he has had a wind operation and suffered from stomach ulcers. It has taken a few runs to get him right." Explained the winning trainer Stuart Morris. The early leader Picaroon was third.
The closest finish of the day came in the Jupiter Asset Management Restricted race when Wood Park beat Treacyswestcounty by a neck. Part And Parcel was third for the Tommy Morgan team. Wood Park, who is trained by Jake Coulson for Nick Carter, was ridden by Charlie Deutsch. 19 year old Deutsch returned to the amateur ranks around two months ago after a spell as a conditional and this was his seventh winner since then.
The Garthorpe races 2015 season concludes with the Meynell and South Staffordshire Point-to-Point on Saturday 30th May. The Midlands Area Awards will be presented at the Midlands Area Dinner Dance on Saturday 26th September at the Shearsby Bath Hotel, Shearsby. Tickets are £50 and available from Mrs Tik Saunders Tel: 07970 667852 or firstname.lastname@example.org