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Grove & Rufford
Sunday 21st March 2010
by Graham Taylor

A good size crowd were treated to some exciting Point-To-Point racing when the Grove & Rufford Hunt held their annual meeting on this popular racecourse at Welbeck on Sunday.

After the recent rain showers ground conditions were near perfect with going reported as good.

First race of the afternoon, off at 12.00 noon, was The Confined Race and a total of eight horses went to post. This race was sponsored by Avocet Hardware. Pass The Class from the Hutchinson stable led early on but then unseated his rider at the second fence. However the finish was fought out by Moustique De L’isle, ridden by Emma Garner and the well fancied Super Lord, the pair finishing in that order with Lord Adonis taking third spot.

Second race was the Dodson & Horrell Club Members Race for Novice Riders. Nine horses were declared to run. This was won by the fast finishing Teeton Dazzler, trained by Joan Tice and ridden by Liz Harris. Knightsbridge King finished second and the favourite, Paolo Soprani came in third. All three horses are now eligible to run in the D. & H. Club Members Race Series Final at Tabley in May.

The Olde Bell, the popular Hotel and Restaurant at Barnby Moor were the kind sponsors of The Mens Open Race. Only two horses went to post. This race became a cat and mouse affair as Steve Charlton on Snizort led almost all of the way. However Chris Dawson riding Quechua Des Obeaux raced clear two fences from home to win by two lengths.

The Ladies Open Race, fourth race on the card, attracted an entry of four and the race was generously sponsored by Shires Developments. This was won by the hot favourite, Eliza Doalott, well ridden by Freya Brewer. Vingis Park, the mount of Jill Dawson, who had been well in touch, took second place. Redskin Raider was third.

Fifth Race of the afternoon was The Freshtrans Open Maiden Race and twelve horses went to post. This resulted in a win at last for the 7 year old gelding Monkerty Tunkerty, who had run up a sequence of four seconds this season. Rider Chris Dawson had the Middleton horse always in the front two and pulled away from Springfield Dante, the mount of Steve Mcgee. Jonny Rye finished in third place.

Final race of the day was The 2miles 5furlong open Maiden Race for 4,5,6 & 7 year olds. Mr T.Frost kindly sponsored this race and thirteen horses were declared.

This race produced a good win for the well fancied grey gelding, Adieu Mari. In midfield till halfway, rider Jacqueline Coward sent the seven year old on two fences from home and won in fine style. Nothing Left took second and High Ron ran on to take third place.

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