During the afternoon, fifty-six runners faced the starter Nick Tamplin at the Tredegar Farmers at picturesque Lower Machen where the course had been well watered throughout the week.
Riders described the going as good and one or two even said it was too soft for their horses!
Favourite backers got off to a good start when Michael McMahon's seven-year-old bay mare Princess De Rome, partnered by Nick Williams, came home eight lengths ahead of One To Note (Marc Barber) in the Members' race.
The Restricted was a much closer affair with
Roger Willcox's nine-year-old bay gelding Ace High Blue scoring by
a length from Backstreet Lad (Nathan Deakin) after jumping the last
just in front. The odds-on favourite Beyond Dreams, ridden by
Richard Woolacott, after leading for most of the trip, tired during
the closing stages and was pulled up. Ace High Blue's rider Josh
Harris, 23, rides out for Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan
Bradley Gibbs, who had celebrated his 17th
birthday four days earlier, won the confined on Cinaman, a
seven-year-old bay gelding, trained by his father David who bought
the horse for him. Like the runner-up, Cinaman used to be trained
by Tim Vaughan. Brinkmanship, now trained by Vaughan's wife Abbi,
jumped the last alongside Cinaman who went on to win by two
lengths. Tim Vaughan, who had just returned from Punchestown after
seeing his Spirit Of Adjisa land the Champion Novice Hurdle, joked:
"I'm pleased for Bradley but
Hunt-racing stalwart Edna Hussey,92, was delighted when her Bob Bites Back won the men's open finishing one-and-a-half lengths ahead of 50-1 outsider Cottage River (Paul Tolman). The pair had jumped the last almost together but unfortunately, Stoneriggs Merc, who was going for a three-timer, was brought down when Manor Park fell at the second. Bob Bites Back could next run in what used to be known as the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford.
Another horse which could be be Stratford bound is Baren De Doc who, under Lucy Pearce Rowsell, won for the third time on the bounce in the ladies' open race. Jumping the last in front, the Charlotte Owen trained eight-year-old bay gelding, won by four lengths from City Breeze (Jodie Hughes).
The two-and-a-half mile maiden race went to
Mark Jackson's six-year-old bay gelding
In the open maiden, the Charlotte Owen trained John Clayton, ridden by Mathew Barber,19, proved too speedy for Clongeen Allstar partnered by Mathew's older brother Marc, aged twenty-seven. A former inmate of Rebecca Curtis's yard and bought locally from Grant Lewis, John Clayton scored by two lengths.
Mollyann Rees,10, a member of the Glamorgan Hunt Pony Club,won the six furlongs pony race on her 12-year-old mare Mon Mellissa and Jordan Williams,12, was successful in the nine furlongs pony race on his mother Beth's eleven-year-old bay mare Tommy's Girl.