It was a treble on the day for 16 year old Jack Tudor at the Tivyside Point to Point, held at Lydstep on Sunday. Following on from his win aboard William Money twenty four hours before at the Berkeley Point to Point, Jack's first winner of the day came in the form of a walkover when Walkabout Creek was the only runner declared for the Tivyside Hunt Members, he then went on to win the Conditions aboard Desert Roe, who made most of the running and displayed a wonderful round of jumping to finish 20 lengths ahead of Jungle Legend partnered by usual jockey Matthew Barber. Jack's third and final winner of the day came in The Novice Riders where he partnered 2/7 favourite Midnight Folie to win by twenty lengths to Union Jack D'ycy and Scott Malson. This puts Jack on thirteen winners for the season and in the lead for the Fullers Mens Champion Novice Rider, putting our young Welsh riders on the map once again this year.
The 13yo Hunky Dorey finished 3rd in the Novice Riders with owner/rider Rhian Howells on board, who had been delighted to saddle her first winner in the previous race when 5/4 chance Caveat Emptor took the Open Maiden with Wayne Maskill on board. Wayne described him as 'An absolutely awesome spin and he should definitely improve on better ground' The 6yo by Arcadio appeared to relish the step up in trip as he romped home eleven lengths clear of Little Brian and Byron Moorcroft with Pub Lunches running on well to finish 3rd under Emma Moseley.
Moral Hazard made all the running to go on and win The Mens Open under Bradley Gibbs by six lengths from the Luke Price trained Ramble On. Having been pipped at the post on a few runs this season, connections Beverley Thomas and Adrian Simpson were thrilled to see the 10yo by Milan get his head in front and will be looking for another suitable race for him soon.
The Ladies Open was taken once again at Lydstep by the 12yo Hold Court and Isabel Williams, making it three wins from his last three starts. Having made most of the running, Tiger Rag partnered by Anna Lewis couldn't quite get back at the 2/9 favourite after going clear two fences from the finish. 'He's lovely, we have a lot of fun with him!' Isabel spoke affectionately about her mount afterwards. 'He may go to Bonvilston next weekend if we have some rain, if not it'll probably be Lower Machen'
The Restricted Race saw Byron Moorcroft partner 4/7 favourite Matt's Legacy to victory for trainer Luke Price having been beaten last time out at Barbury. The Doc Finished ten lengths back in 2nd for Peter Bryan and Mickey Bowen, the Simon Jones trained Cardinal Tom finished 3rd under Dylan Kitts.
A big thank you is owed once again to the land owners and hunt supporters who worked hard to provide safe ground. Despite the heavy rain blown in by Storm Hannah the day before, the ground remained good to soft having clearly dried well overnight. We now look forward to the Banwen Point to Point Club on Monday 6th of May.