Cowbridge’s Jeffrey Bird was delighted to see his nine-year-old bay gelding Repeat Business run out a convincing four lengths winner of the Men’s Open race at the Curre & Llangibby Hunt Point-To-PoInt Steeplechases last Sunday.
Always in a handy position throughout, Repeat Business who is trained by Mr Bird’s brother-in-law former leading rider Jonathan Tudor at Merthyr Mawr, was ridden by Richard Patrick who said: “Repeat Business has improved a lot since winning over the course last month and he did it very nicely.” Mr Bird said:?“I was very pleased with the way he ran and I will have to sit down with Jonathan to decide where we go next.”
Repeat Business beat Sir Du Bearn who was ridden by James Bowen who had celebrated his 16th birthday earlier in the day by winning the opening members’ race - his very first ride in a point-to-point - on Indian Leader trained by his brother Michael Bowen.
He later made it a day to really remember when winning the first division of the open maiden race on his brother’s Deadly Move which won by three lengths from the pacemaking Blue Tinker partnered by Byron Moorcroft.
Six went to post for the Ladies’ Open race and Ally Stirling on Mr and Mrs William Rucker’s 12-year-old Get It On drew away in the closing stages to beat the favourite recent course winner Hold Court ridden by Isabel Williams by three lengths with Tony Star ridden by Jodie Hughes a further 10 lengths in arrears.
Ally Sterling who was riding her first winner at Howick said: “It is a great pleasure to ride a winner in these famous colours.” Ironically, Get It On used to be trained by Isabel Williams’s father Evan Williams.
The Eight-Year-Old And Over PPORA Club Members Conditions Race went to the 10-year-old French-bred Qalinas who under Wayne Maskill led three fences from home to score by eight lengths from the blinkered Grove Field.
Owned by National Hunt trainer Dai Rees and Emma Noremac who was celebrating her birthday, Qalinas was bought for 32-year-old Wayne Maskill who rides out for Mr Rees.
Ten of the 20 entries lined up fo the Restricted race and Kevin Salter’s Spencer Moon drew clear at the last to win by six lengths from recent course winner Manhattan Mead.
Spencer Moon, who is by Dr Massini and who is trained by Keiran Price, was the first leg of a double for the Vale’s Byron Moorcroft, who also won the second division of the open maiden race on Tom Faulkner’s Kensington Castle who survived
two bad mistakes yet still won by three lengths from the North Ledbury horse Kings Watch.
Former rider Tom Faulkner, who admitted to having a nice bet on his promising six-year-old, was full of praise for former Welsh champion rider Nick Williams who has been training the horse for him on Ogmore sands.
He said Kensington Castle, whose only other racecourse experience was in a bumper, will probably now run under rules.
Both divisions of the maiden were ran in exactly the same time - seven minutes and five seconds.
FIVE OUT OF FIVE FOR EDWARD
Edward Vaughan, aged nine, and son of Aberthin’s Tim and Abbi Vaughan, made it five wins out of five when winning the 138cms and under open pony race at the Curre & Llangibby Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases last Sunday.
Riding his nine-year-old bay mare Humbel Mind, Edward showed the style his National Hunt trainer dad had when he finished ahead of Daniel Ellis, aged 12, who was riding Clear The Track.
Elena Nikou, aged 13, riding her 12 year-old Dutchess finished third.
The 148cms and under pony race was won by Liam Harrison, aged 14, on Pacman who in a close finish beat Peateoah partnered by Bridgend’s Connor Brace.
Hot Night, ridden by Merthyr Mawr’s Jack Tudor, finished third.