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Flint & Denbigh
Sunday 22nd May 2011
by Arthur Shone

The Flint and Denbigh Hunt meeting between the flags at Bangor on Dee was one of two meetings that brought the curtain down on a very successful season in the North Western area, as the Meynell and Staffs at Garthorpe also raced on the same day. This meeting had plenty of runners and it took place on perfect racing ground which was a credit to their clerk of the course Ed Gretton and the ground staff. Richard Burton took the riding honours with a treble.

Cedrus Libani under Richard Burton recorded his third win of the season in the Mixed Open, winning a shade cosily by a couple of lengths from Oscar Churton aboard Little Rocker. The winner is trained by Angela Rucker and co owned by the trainer and her husband William. Speaking after the race Rucker said, "We are enjoying the end of the season better as the horses were wrong at the start of the year. I am not sure where the horse goes next, either Chaddesley Corbett or the two mile one furlong hunter chase at Strattford."

Thirty five minutes later Richard Burton recorded his 32nd winner of the season on Echo India in the Confined race to beat Oscar D'Angron by 15 lengths. The winner is owned by Ann Cardwell and trained by Burton's brother in law Will Kinsey at Chester. This was Richard Burton's 32nd winner of the season, which puts him three clear of Phil York in the National Point to Point Riders Championship.

Burton extended the lead to four after a very easy success aboard Wat Jimmy Call It in the Restricted, winning by 6 lengths from He's A Hawker with Pillbox a further eight lengths back in third. The winner is trained by Sheila Crow and co owned by Gareth Samuel and Sue Davies. Crow thinks a lot of the winner, speaking after the race she said, "He is improving with each race, he did not handle the track at Bredwardine, it was a very tight course. Richard said that he is improving and that he would make a nice Open horse next season. I like him a lot and he is a tremendous worker at home."

The opening Open Maiden was won in good style by the Gary Hanmer trained Amongst Friends under Josh Hamer, who forced the pace from flag fall to win readily by four lengths from Foundry Square and Shales Ay Jay who dead heated for second place. The winner is trained at Nantwich by Gary Hanmer and is owned by Steve Jones, Pete Morris and Gwyn Owen.

The best finish of the day was reserved for the novice rider's race, which saw Miss Tilly Oscar under Robert Jarrett repel the late challenge of Fresh Fruit with Patrick Gerety in the plate by a neck. The winner is trained at Shobdan by Steve Flook and owned by Stafford farmer Brian Mould. Speaking after the race Flook said the mare was super tough adding that was it now for the season.

There was another good finish to the two and a half mile Maiden, with victory going to Best Back Him under Nick Slatter who were all out at the line to beat the staying on Cirrus Coin by a neck with Cardigan Island a further four lengths back in third. The winner is trained at kelsall by Stuart Ross for local blacksmith Charlie Walker.

The Getting Out Stakes went to the Joanna Cotton trained Rajam who battled on well on the run in under Camilla Cotton to beat Wolves Castle by three parts of a length. The winner provided 18 year Camilla Cotton with her first winner at the 13th attempt on the horse. The Saddlers Wells gelding is owned by the trainer and the riders mother Dido Cotton and the horse has plenty of miles on the clock as the trainer stated that this was the horses 97th race.

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