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Saturday 25th April 2009
by Brian Lee

Photos by Alun Sedgemore

At the Pentyrch, Deano Coleman made his last ride in a point-to-point a winning one-he is now a conditional jockey- when scoring on Robert Thomas's Micks Prospect in the young horse maiden race. A six-year-old by Accordian, Micks Prospect finished 30 lengths in front of Beth Roberts's Copper Carroll with Jason Parfitt's Gateland a further ten lengths away in third place.

Hairy moments at the start of the Open Maiden Race

Micks Prospect and Deano Coleman jump the last to win the Maiden Race

The ex-Irish point-to-pointer, who started an odds-on favourite, was the second leg of a double for Coleman who earlier had taken the restricted on Chris Bolton's Tigu who had 12 lengths to spare over Doctor Supremo.Tigu, like Micks Prospect, is trained by Abbi Vaughan and went off the 5-4 favourite.

Last race on Welsh soil for Deano Coleman before turning professional

John Mathias brought his season's total of wins to 13 when making nearly all the running in the Dunraven Windows Welsh Point-To-Point 'Grand National' on the French-bred Misamon who perhaps won easier than the half-a-length verdict over the favourite Lady Myfanway suggested. Misamon trained by Kristal Harris, assistant trainer to West Wales trainer Dai Rees, kept pulling out extra when challenged. Luke Price's Its Definite was just a neck away in third place and Robert Williams's Danny's Last back in fourth and last place.

Down at the start for the Welsh Point to Point Grand National Men's Open Race

Jumping the first in the Men's Open Race. On the right is the eventual winner Misamon and John Mathias

Beth Roberts's Chesnut Annie, partnered as usual by Welsh champion Isabel Tompsett, made every post a winning one when chalking up her ninth consecutive win of the season coming home thirty lengths ahead of Miss Sallyfield after the only other runner Alubuhera, who was giving chase at the time, pulled up two fences from home.

Another effortless round for Isabel Tompsett and Chesnut Annie in the Ladies Open Race

Mrs Rae Jones's Lough Ennel won the members' race for the third year on the trot finishing seven lengths in front of Pebrock. The odds-on favourite and a winner of 13 point-to-points, the 13-year-old chesnut gelding has now been retired. For the past three seasons Lough Ennel has been ridden by Liam Payter and is trained by Nicky Sheppard.

Retiring in style - Lough Ennel bows out by winning the Members Race

The race was sponsored by Ffos Las Racecourse and Dai Walters the man behind Britain's newest racecourse was there to present the trophy. Fire-fighter Michael Keel,33, from Worcester, riding his father John's Shiela's Legacy, won the restricted race by four lengths from Holmwood Legend and then announced that he was hanging up his riding boots.He has been riding for 15 years and has ridden a total of fifteen winners. The only horse in the race which wasn't qualified with a Welsh hunt, Shiela's Legacy was a first win as an owner for Michael's father Robert Keel who bought the horse as a three-year-old from Penny Grainger.

DSCF461609 - Shiela's Legacy and Michael Keel (far side) jump the last to win the Restricted Race

Tommys Girl and Jordan Williams leads home Chucka and Robert Williams in the 14.2 hh Pony Race

Edna Hussey's Bob Bites Back gave Welsh champion point-to-point rider Rhys Hughes his second success in the Dunraven Bowl Hunter Chase at Chepstow. David Lovell's Dead Or Alive, ridden by Deano Coleman,was made a hot favourite but it was Bob Bites Back who found the better speed on the run to the line to score by two lengths after the pair had jumped the last fence almost together.

In a photo-finish for third place, Grey Kid, partnered by Kyle Yates, pipped Kisha King ridden by John Mathias by a short-head.

Hughes, who had won on Kilbreena in 2007, said "He jumped like a stag and I am delighted to have won the race for a second time.''

Bob Bites Back, a seven-year-old brown gelding, is trained by Swansea hairdresser Robert Scrine and a delighted Mrs Edna Hussey,aged 90, said she was " Over the Moon .'' Her ''Pride and Joy'' had finished fifth in last year's renewal when favourite so to win this year was more than consolation for the remarkable Mrs Hussey who strides around the point-to-point circuit just like 'a two-year-old.'

Pentyrch 1-2-3
Members:1,Lough Ennel(Liam Payter) 1-2 fav,2,Pebrock 5-1,3,White Tie 25-1

Confined:1,Tigu (Dean Coleman) 5-4 fav.2,Doctor Supremo 3-1,3,Casey Tiles 4-1

Men's Open:1, Misamon (John Mathias) 6-1,2,Lady Myfanwy 5-4 fav.3, It's Definite 3-1

Ladies' Open:1,Chesnut Annie (Isabel Tompsett) 1-9 fav.2,Miss Sallyfield 9-1
3 ran only two finished

Restricted:1, Sheila's Legacy (Michael Keel) 7-1, 2,Holmwood Legend 4-1,3, Classic Chance 5-1

Maiden:1,Micks Prospect(Dean Coleman) 4-6 fav.2,Copper Carroll 8-1,3,Gateland 5-1.

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