Pembrokeshire's Mathew Barber, 19, chalked-up his first ever double at the well attended Llangeinor meeting.The first leg was initiated when former winning National Hunt performer City Affair got up on the run-in to beat Chandlers Cross (Nick Williams) by a head after making up a lot of ground from the second last fence.
City Affair, a ten-year-old bay gelding, is owned by Andrew Lowrie head of Optimum Racing and is trained by Abbi Vaughan. The odds-on favourite Sir Monty was pulled up early in the race.
Cloran Jack, a seven-year-old chesnut gelding, owned by Mathew's father Gary and trained by his older brother Marc-who incidentally had a double at the Golden Valley-gave Mathew his second win when scoring by half-a-length from the pacemaking Gouranga Society whose rider Paul Sheard's claim to fame is in winning the 2006 Welsh Point-To-Point Grand at the Pentyrch on ItsOnlyMe - Paul's only success to date!
There was a match for the members' race between David Brace's Ask The Thatcher (Robbie Llewellyn) and Carl Pyne's Pelennor (James Tudor). The latter went off the odds-on favourite and although there was not much to choose between them with six fences to jump, Ask The Thatcher, a winner of its two previous races, drew clear in the closing stages and was passing the winning post as Pelennor was jumping the last fence.
Llewellyn, 20, assistant trainer to Brace, was riding only his second winner and didn't seem at all fazed that he was competing against a former national champion rider. Of Ask The Thatcher, he said: "He jumped like a stag'' Robbie's father Gary rode Rory M to win this race back in 1976.
The men's open race went to Paul and Myfanwy
Miles's astonishing five-year-old Findlay's
Paul and his wife Myfanwy were back in the winners' enclosure 40 minutes or so later after their ten-year-old bay mare Lady Myfanwy, well ridden by Clare Hart, had won the ladies' open race by four lengths from Warsaw Pact (Chloe Roddick). A winner of 24 point-to-points and three hunter chases, Lady Myfanwy, like Findlay's Find a bargain buy, has been dubbed 'The Pocket Rocket'.
Local farmer Mike David produced the longest starting price winner of the day when his nine-year-old bay gelding Freedom Of Choice, a 20-1 chance, beat the pacemaking Backstreet Lad, despite making a mistake at the last, by half-a-length. Pulled up in his previous two races, Freedom Of Choice was ridden by Tom David who was riding his tenth winner of the season.The favourite Viking Affair, not in contention, unseated Paul Tolman at the last.
Jodie Hughes, who is making a bold bid for the Welsh ladies' championship, had a pillar to post win in the aged horse open maiden race scoring by four lengths from the grey Freddie Lane.The favourite Nodanawink finished third. WheresThePost is owned and trained by former rider Luke Price who said:" I bought him in Ireland a year ago and he doesn't show a thing at home.''
Simon Morgan, aged 11, won the128cms pony race on the nine-year-old bay mare Silaz and Jordan Williams, aged 12, the 138cms pony race on his mother Beth's eight-year-old bay mare Molly.
The Gelligaer Farmers Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases are being held at Lower Machen, near Newport, on Saturday. First race 2.pm.
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