Alliance Club (Wales)
James Tudor was in cracking form at the Countryside Alliance Point-To-Point Steeplechases at Bonvilston on Bank Holiday Monday. The 24-year-old assistant trainer to Llancarfan's Evan Williams took division one of the maiden on The Hairy Mutt, the men's open on David Richards's Euryalus and the intermediate on Gareth Perkins's Johnsair.
All three were easy winners and the most impressive was The Hairy Mutt owned and trained by Evan Williams.
Tudor said: "This is the best horse I have ever ridden'' and Williams added "This is a serious horse and he's too good to go summer racing. He's only five and very green and could be something special.''
Tudor has brought his seasonal tally of wins to 30 which is two more than his personal seasonal best set last year and with Welsh owners and trainers rallying around him he has a good chance of becoming the third Vale of Glamorgan rider to win the national riders' championship - the other two being John Llewellyn and Evan Williams.
Pencoed's Tim Vaughan, who chalked-up his 13th winner of the season on Mike Brown's Anshan's Dream in the first division of the open maiden has made sure of the Welsh riders' championship his nearest rival being Rhys Hughes who has ridden eight winners.
The club members race for novice riders was won by Pembrokeshire's John Mathias who riding his mother's Corkan came home fifteen lengths ahead of Vanilla Man after his only serious rival Hi Tech Man went the wrong side of a marker three fences from the finish.
Only four faced the starter for the ladies' open and not one of them was qualified with a Welsh hunt. The race was run at a cracking pace and Mondial Jack, ridden by 34-year-old Rachel Reynolds, beat the pacemaking 1-5 favourite Fleur De Nikos by half-a-length after both horses had jumped the penultimate fence together.
Beth Roberts's Chesnut Annie notched-up her fourth win of the season under Isabel Tompsett when making all in the club members' race finishing a fence ahead of Buckland Boy and Marc Barber was seen at his best when landing the restricted race on Paul Evans's Danbury who came late on the scene to beat Eastwell Violet by seven lengths.