A bumper crowd turned up for the final meeting of the Welsh Point to Point season at Trecoed on Saturday. In what has been a successful season for the Welsh participants, the last day saw a few close finishes, none better than the Maiden Race where four jumped the last in a row.
Askgarmor and Jodie Hughes came out the better in that race, coming home an official length in front of the rest of the field. Lake Balaton was runner up with Which Sky finishing third. This was jockey Hughes' 60th career success, who with 40 wins to her name, hung her boots up briefly after a bad wrist injury. She had never sat on this horse, and came in for the spare ride on the day of the meeting.
She wasn't the only lady jockey to have a winner on the day. Charlotte Evans steered Macarthur to victory in the Hunt Members Race, coming home in front of Richard Patrick and Hunky Dorey. Evans took up the lead from three out, and couldn't be caught after. This was the pairs second success of the season.
Richard Patrick rode a double to put him into second place in the National Gentleman Novice Riders championship. The first of which came in the Restricted Race, where he and Mad Money made virtually all in the race, only to be headed on the run in by Welsh Designe and Matthew Barber. Patrick and Mad Money found more though and stayed on gamely to come home half a length in front. The second leg of the jockeys double came in the four mile Mixed Open where Boyfromnowhere came home a convincing winner, with prolific Point to Pointer Rosie's Peacock finishing six lengths behind in second. The winner has some form under rules when with Becky Curtis over the further distance, so this suited him just fine. The runner up has yet again had a brilliantly consistent season, and lost nothing in defeat.
The last race on the card, the Intermediate rac,e was won by Ride on Time and Bradley Gibbs. The progressive six year old yet again showed his potential and came home a couple of lengths clear of Princess Tina and John Mathias. It was a relatively easy victory for the pair, who made virtually all. This was another winner on the board for jockey Gibbs, who is only a couple of winners off a career tally of 100.
To finish off the day, the Pembrokeshire Hunt organised a Mixed Scurry. It was run over two miles, where horses and riders jumped all of the fences, except for the open ditch. The victorious pair were Sarah Jones and 15 year old Quicksilver, who hunt with the Vale of Clettwr. The race drew a lot of attention, and was a definite hit for onlookers.