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Woodland Pytchley
Saturday 11th April 2009
by Graham Taylor

Photos by Graftonwood

A very large crowd enjoyed some excellent racing, when The Woodland Pytchley Hunt held there annual Point to Point on the popular Dingley course, near Market Harborough on Easter Saturday, where seven races took place.

First race was The Dodson & Horrell Club Members Race and ten horses went to post. The race resulted in a good win for the thirteen year old, Chicuelo, well ridden by Lara Mahon who was having her first winner in a Point to Point. Clearly in Motion and Rare Gold took second and third placings.

Chicuelo (Lara Mahon)

King West, the Property Planners, kindly sponsored race two, The Confined Hunts Race and this attracted a field of eleven. This was won by the Jimmy Tarry trained Bobbies Ryde. However he was pushed all the way by the Bailey horse, Lord of the Knar, who finished a half length second. Carbon Footprint, from the Fernie, took third spot.

Bobbies Ryde (Tom Ellis)

Eight went to post for The Mens Open Race and this provided the most exciting and closest finish of the day and involved the three market leaders. In form jockey David Maxwell took his mount, Noakarad De Verzee into a clear lead three fences out and just held off the fast finish of The Hookie Bookie, ridden by Tom Ellis. Favourite, Cheyne ran on to be a well beaton third. The race was kindly sponsored by Berrys of Kettering.

Noakarad De Verzee (David Maxwell)

Hows Racesafe were the sponsors for race four, The Ladies Open Race, where five went to post. This was won in comfortable style by the consistant Hutchinson trained, Limerick Leader and ridden by daughter Gemma. The eleven year old took the lead on the second circuit and easily held off Move Over with the well backed, Sir Storm, who looked as though he needed the race, a well beaton third.

Limerick Leader (Gemma Hutchinson)

Fifth race of the afternoon was The Restricted Race, kindly sponsored by Midlands Demolition and a total of twelve went to post. This was well won by the heavily supported six year old, Hemington, equally well ridden by Stuart Morris. Morris had the gelding in touch throughout and took over coming to the second last fence to win by a comfortable four lengths from Definite Approach with Minehill Lad back in third.

Hemington (Stuart Morris)

Owing to the level of declarations The Maiden Race was split into two divisions to be run over two and a half miles and nine went to post. Premier Finishes of Kettering sponsored this race. Division 1 resulted in a clever win for the Waley-Cohen horse, Lucciolina, ridden for the first time by Peter Mann. The Warwickshire home bred easily held off Finbar’s Pi and Abbey St Bathans, who took the minor placings.

Lucciolina (Peter Mann)

A delighted Peter Mann after victory on Lucciolina

Nine maidens went to post for Division 2, which was run in a slightly faster time. This produced a win for Delgany Gunner, ridden by Ben Pollock. Orient Legend, who went off favourite and Pirate Depp finished second and third.

Delgany Gunner (Ben Pollock)

Next Midland meeting after the Easter period will be the Quorn Hunt Point to Point to be held at Garthorpe, near Melton Mowbray on Sunday 19th April, first race time 1.30pm.

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