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South Pembrokeshire at Lydstep
Easter Monday 28th March 2016
by Maria Evans

The predicted storm luckily blew over Lydstep on Easter Monday, and so the Bank Holiday crowds were out in their car loads to spectate at the popular annual event.

The Members Race was taken by the very game Full Print who looked beaten coming up the hill on the final circuit. Harpsy Cord and John Mathias went clear 4 from home, but the tiring conditions took their toll on the pair, meaning that the winner, under Evan David, was able to go into the lead just after 2 out to take the race by an eventual 3 lengths. This was local trainer Rob Luke's first winner of the season, with jockey Evan David enjoying his second success of the weekend.

There was better luck for John Mathias is the next race, the 2 mile 4 furlong Maiden, with Constantine Bay coming out a very impressive winner. Mathias was keen to let the rest of the field make most of the running. After leaping his way into the lead 2 from home, the others were unable to go with him, and he came home an impressive 5 length winner.

This was the start of a double for Mathias, with the legendary Welsh Point to Pointer Rosies Peacock staying on gamely to take the Mens Open. The 13 year old showed determination to keep his head in front after taking the lead just before the last, with runner up Boyfromnowhere and third placed Lambro Lad putting in game efforts too.

The Ladies Open was taken in fine style by ex Phillip Hobbs inmate Tony Star. Under a patient ride from Jodie Hughes the 9 year old came home an easy 12 length winner, ahead of Watch The Birdie and Tiger Rag. This was the first winner of the season for rider Hughes, and second for trainer Mikey Bowen.

Frelia continued a successful weekend for father and son combination David and Bradley Gibbs. Son Bradley had ridden a treble at the Glamorgan Point to Point on the Saturday, with father David training two of them. The Gibbs owned Frelia put in a determined performance to keep her head in front in the Intermediate Race, with John Mathias and Withoutdefavourite, who was two from two so far this season, a couple of lengths back in second. The winner is named after both Gibbs' grand-daughters, making the win a real family occasion.

Wayne Maskill got his first winner in nearly two years when Sandeel Bay put in a gutsy display to win the Open Maiden by just half a length, with Mountain of Angels and To Hell and Back in behind. It was a well-timed ride by Maskill who took the lead over 4 out, to bring home a first Point to Point winner of the season as an owner, for his boss Dai Rees.

The final race of the day went the way of Tom David, who rode a double at the Glamorgan on Saturday.7 year old Captain Camelot was having his third start of the season, and a patient ride form David, made this a winning one. It was another second on the card for John Mathias, who aswell as riding a double on the day, went home with three seconds on the board too.

The next West Wales meeting is on Sunday April 24th, again at Lydstep. First race is at 2pm.

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