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Sunday 5th April 2009
by Graham Taylor

Photos by Neale Blackburn

With fine weather and ideal racing conditions a huge crowd enjoyed some excellent Point to Point racing when the Pytchley Hunt held their annual meeting at Guilsborough on the borders of Northamptonshire on Sunday.

Bidwells, the local Property Developers sponsored the first race, The Members Race and four horses went to post. This resulted in a comfortable win for the Bill Warner trained, Walters Laddie. Taken into the lead two fences from home by rider Stuart Morris, the eight year old had little difficulty holding off the favourite, My Best Buddy with Persian Hero taking third place.

Stuart Morris started the day with a handy 5-1 win on Walters Laddie in the members

Race Two, The Calnan Cox Confined Race, attracted a field of twelve and this produced the first leg of a double for Jockey, Hannah Watson. Watson produced outsider, Breeze To The Top, going to the second last fence and ran on strongly to beat Organiz, the mount of Sam Waley-Cohen and third placed, Thenford Ryde.

Hannah Watson and connections kicked off the double on the day with victory in the Confined with Breeze To The Top (no 5 - cheekpieces)

Samuel Rose, Planners & Developers, kindly sponsored The Ladies Open Race and this produced a field of nine runners. This race was won by the fourteen year old gelding, Danaeve and ridden by Tammy Webster, having only her second ride in a point to point. The pair never looked like getting beaten running to the final fence and held off Ilongue and Papillon De Iena who took the minor placings.

Danaeve and Tammy Webster victorious in the Ladies

Race Four, The Abbey Ross Mens Open Race, produced the second closest finish of the day. This was won by the Gerald Bailey trained, Denvale, who was ridden by owner/rider Richard Hunnisett, having his first ride back since injury, Hunnisett had the gelding in front all the way and held off the strong challenge of Stuart Morris on Teeton Bollinger by a neck. Favourite, Buckby Lane finished eight lengths further back in third place.

Richard Hunnisett made all with Denvale to take the Mens Open

Next race up, The Restricted Race, attracted a field of twelve and was sponsored by Macintyre Hudson. The race also produced a second win for lady rider Hannah Watson, riding the Rosemary Gasson trained, Always Willing. The five year old, who had won his last race at Didmarton, had too much pace for this field, winning by four lengths from If You Must with Gleeson a further ½ length back in third.

Always Willing (Hannah Watson) leads in the Restricted

All smiles as Always Willing brings up the double for Hannah Watson and connections with victory in the Restricted

Dallas Burston Healthcare sponsored race six, The Maiden Race, Division 1. Here, fourteen went to post. This race produced the closest finish and was won by the lightly raced maiden, Baraka De Baune, whose rider Adam Wedge just got the better of the Fred Hutsby ridden Mr Tibbs on the long run in. The Pytchley horse Sprout took third place.

Baraka De Baune and Adam Wedge take Div 1 of the Maiden

Seventh and final race of the day was The Mulberry Insurance Maiden Race (Division 2) and again fourteen went to post. This gave the Bailey stable their second win of the day. Youngster Johnny Bailey had the race favourite, Morning Moment, well in touch from flagfall and kept the seven year old ahead for the majority of the race before drawing five lengths clear on the run to the line. Uncle Albert and Maddies Dream took second and third spot.

Johnny Bailey and Morning Moment take Division 2 of the Maiden

Next Midland Area meeting is the Woodland Pytchley meeting to be held at Dingley, near Market Harborough next Saturday 11th April 2009.

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