Photos by Steve Hunt
A large crowd enjoyed some thrilling Point To Point Racing when the Fernie Hunt held there popular annual race meeting at Dingley, near Market Harborough last Sunday.
First race of the day was The Fernie and Woodland Pytchley Hunts, Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race, and this attracted a field of four. The winner here was the hot favourite, Limerick Leader, from the Patrick Hutchinson stable. Ridden by daughter Gemma, the gelding ran out an easy winner from Carbon Footprint and third placed Trevira. Summit Engineering kindly sponsored this race.
A field of ten went to post for the second race, The Watling JCB Ltd Confined Race. Winner here was the nine year old, Bobbies Ryde, who was winning for the second time on this course this year. Rider Tom Ellis held off the Bill Warner trained, Walters Laddie with the eight year old, Hot Lips Page taking third place.
Bishop Beamish kindly sponsored the Confined Maiden Race where a total of eleven horses went to post. Will Telfer, riding the Grafton gelding, Clande Boye, had his mount up with the pace and was a comfortable winner from Finbar’s Pi with favourite, Taken On Trust taking third place.
Feature race of the afternoon was the Fernie Four-Miler Mixed Open Race, and this race was sponsored by Welland Valley Feeds of Market Harborough. Twelve runners went to post and this produced an easy win for joint favourite, Teeton Bollinger, well ridden by Stuart Morris. Never out of the leading group, Morris took the gelding to the front three fences out and had ten lengths to spare over second horse, The Hookie Bookie. Nykel finished in third place.
Cave & Sons kindly sponsored race five, The Restricted Race and here, eleven were declared. This race produced the closest finish of the day. This was won by the well fancied, Definite Approach, who had shown promise on this course last month. Rider Sam Drinkwater kept his mount well in touch and ran on well from the last fence to hold off second placed Pass the Parsel by a half length with, Fermat, a further two lengths back in third.
Final race on the card was The Tilton ATV Ltd Open Maiden Race and here thirteen runners were declared. This race resulted in an impressive win for the Cottesmore nine year old, Croftburn, well ridden by Robbie Gault. Pulling well clear of his field from a good way out, the nine year old won by a distance. Rockfield and Hiho Silver Lining took second and third placings.