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Brecon & Talybont
Saturday 10th May 2008
by Brian Lee
photos by Alun Sedgemore

David Pritchard,16, came in for plenty of praise after winning the members’ race at the Brecon & Talybont’s re-arranged meeting on his father Ian’s Mountain Lily who took up the running approaching the second last to score by six lengths from Lost In The Snow.

Jockeys arriving in the paddock before the Members Race

David Prichard and Mountain Lily jump the last on the way to winning the Members Race

Earlier in the week, David’s 12-year-old sister Claire had won on her pony Flanders Field at Maisemore Park.

There was a close finish to the confined in which Isabel Tompsett riding Twilight Dancer beat the pacemaking BitsAnd Bobs by a short head.

Early stages of the Confined Hunts Race

The pair jumped the last together but Isabel said: “Twilight Dancer jumped it best and that’s what won her the race.”

Jumping the last in the Confined Hunts Race. On the left is Twilight Dancer (Isabel Tompsett), alongside is Bitsandbobs (Josh Harris)

The men’s open was won by the odds-on favourite Adventurist who under Alan Johns, 18, won by ten lengths from Last Symphony.

Silver Castle and Josh Harris fly one of the fences during the Men's Open Race

In the ladies’ open, Angela Rucker riding Pirate Flagship and Claire Brooks aboard Neophyte jumped the last together.

Neophyte and Claire Brooks during the Ladies Open Race

To the delight of favourite backers, the former had a length to spare at the winning post.

Marc Barber brought Ronnie Meyrick’s Brave Lad with a good late run to win the restricted by a length from Wizard Time with Back The Bid a further length away in third spot.

Early stages of the Restricted Race

The rest of the field chase home the Restricted Race winner, Brave Lad and Marc Barber

David Llewellyn’s Final Mick, ridden by John Mathias, who was running for the first time in around three years, was a two lengths winner of the first division of the maiden.

At the start for the first division of the Open Maiden Race

The 12-year-old collapsed on entering the parade ring but appeared to be fine afterwards.

David is the brother of Grand National winning-jockey Carl Llewellyn.

The second division went to Robert Jones’ Kinsale King who in beating the odds-on pacemaking favourite Knight Of The Road by six lengths clocked the day’s fastest time.

Kinsale King and Rhys Flint jump the last on the way to winning the second division of the Open Maiden Race

Kingsale King was confidently ridden by Rhys Flint and Mr Jones, who also trains the horse, said: “Rhys gave him a peach of a ride.” Racegoers who watched the racing from the natural hillside grandstand complained to me that the bouncy castle and catering vans and tents stopped them seeing the final stages of the race.

I also received a complaint from a bookmaker friend who has been ill for some time. He tells me that he was told that if he didn’t attend this point-to-point he would lose his pitch.

Congratulations to former point-to-point rider Andrew James, the Conservative candidate for Crucorney, on being elected to Monmouthshire County Council.

The Gelligaer Farmers’ Hunt Steeplechases take place at the popular Lower Machen course near Newport on Sunday (first race 2pm).


Members: Mountain Lily (David Pritchard) 6-1

Confined: Twilight Dancer (Isabel Tompsett) 4-5 fav.

Men’s Open: Adventurist (Alan John) 4-7 fav.

Ladies’ Open: Pirate Flagship (Angela Rucker) 4-5 fav.

Restricted: Brave Lad (Marc Barber) 16-1

Maiden Div 1: Final Mick (John Mathias) 14-1

Maiden Div 2: Kingsale King (Rhys Flint) 3-1

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