The New Forest Foxhounds staged their annual point-to-point
meeting at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain on Saturday. The opening Confined
Hunts race went to Makhpiya Patahn and Salisbury rider David Turner, 26, who
finished a distance clear of only other finisher Lord Esker. Makhpiya Patahn
– whose name translates as “reach for the clouds” in Sioux Indian –
is one of three horses trained by owner James Young at his Brockenhurst
stables. After the race, James exchanged his cap for a bowler hat to take up
his role as a steward of the meeting.
View Hollo made a successful point-to-point debut when taking
the Open Maiden race under Ed Walker. View Hollo is one of five horses
trained at Naunton, Gloucestershire, by Emma Baker for her mother, Jane
Arnold, who bought the horse at Malvern Sales as a two-year-old. View Hollo
carried the same cerise colours as Windsor Lad, winner of the 1934 St Leger
for Jane’s grandfather Martin Benson.
Fair Wind and Rilly Goschen took the Mixed Open race after
all three runners were still in contention at the second last. Fair Wind
jumped really well for Rilly and held off favourite Aberfoyle Park by two
lengths with Teller Of Tales in third. Fair Wind has now won eight races for
delighted Sixpenny Handley owner Rachel Bartlett since being bought unraced
from Wally Sturt.
The Intermediate race resulted in an easy success for the
Sally Alner-trained Free Gift, who made all the running to provide Daryl
Jacob with his sixth winner of the season. This was Free Gift’s third
Larkhill win of the season for joint owners Tom Chadney, Doug Guyer, Penny
Tozer and Valerie Howard. Free Gift may now be aimed at the Folkestone
Hunter Chase evening meeting on 19th May before campaigning under
Rules next season.
Sally Alner completed a double when Proby Lady gave a fine
exhibition of jumping to win the Restricted race in the hands of Dido
Harding. Proby Lady was bought privately in Ireland in Autumn 2002 for Dido
and London patent attorney Alice Findlay as a replacement when their
Cardinal Gayle retired to the hunting field. Proby Lady prefers right-handed
tracks, but has to fit into Dido’s business schedule, which involves
regular travel to Asia.