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Ystrad Taf Fechan
Saturday 14th April 2007
by Brian Lee
photos by Alun Sedgemore
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Isabel Tompsett landed a double at the Ystrad Taf Fechan Steeplechases with Lady Myfanwy (members) and Chesnut Wood (confined).

Lady Myfanwy, owned and trained by husband and wife team Paul and Myfanwy Miles came home six lengths ahead of stable mate Valjean ridden by Isabel's boyfriend John Llewellyn.

Bankersdraft and Brendans Voyage jump the open ditch during the Members Race

Chesnut Wood, owned by Edmund Roberts and trained by his daughter Beth, and who was winning over the course for the fourth time, finished alone after solitary rival Gray Knight was pulled up two fences from the finish.

Chesnut Wood and Gray Knight jump the first fence in the Confined Hunts Race

Josh Harris, 19, had an easy win in the men's open on the Sarah Kent trained Scotch Corner who won by a distance from the odds-on favourite Derring Dove.

Men's Open winner, Scotch Corner ridden by Josh Harris, fly the first fence

In the ladies' open, Bobosh, ridden by Chloe Roddick, and odds-on favourite Sailors Folly partnered by Polly Gundry, had the race between them for most of the way. However, Jodie Hughes brought Steve Flook's Fantastic Champion with a good run three fences from the finish and went on to score a seven length victory over Bobosh after Sailors Folly was pulled up before the last fence.

Bobosh (C Roddick) and Sailors Folly ridden by Polly Gundry during the Ladies Open Race

Flook also trained the young horse maiden winner Howard Howard who, ridden by Felix de Giles, won by three lengths from Billy Lane. Flook, who bought the horse for just £800 as an unbroken three-year-old, says he is the best horse he has ever trained.

Count Von Lee ridden by M Flynn lead the field in the Open Maiden Race for 5, 6 and 7 Yr Olds

Tim Vaughan made every post a winning one on Jules and Rod Thomas's Wareyth in the aged maiden and had 20 lengths to spare over Call The Mark at the finish. Wareyth's trainer Beverley Thomas said, "I tried to get my brother Rod to sell Wareyth but he loves the horse so much he wouldn't part with him so I'm glad he won today."

Passionate Knight and Call the Mark follow the eventual winner Wareyth during the Maiden Race for 8 Yrs and Over

Another Alliance (Dai Jones) and Start It Up (James Price) jump the ditch in the Restricted Race

Runners and riders in the Under 14.2hh Pony Race

The runners and riders set off for the Under 13.2 hh Pony Race

Meanwhile, leading Welsh National Hunt jockey Christian Williams, who has been sidelined owing to injury for some months now, was in attendance at the meeting and he tells me he will soon be riding again which is great news. It was good to see him looking so fit and enthusiasts will wish him all the very best on his return.

Anyone requiring tickets for the South Wales Area dinner/dance on June 29 should contact Tim Rooney on 07860382497.

The Welsh Point-To-Point Grand National is the feature race at next Saturday's Pentyrch meeting at Bonvilston where the course is being watered on a daily basis (First race 2:00pm).


Members: Lady Myfanwy (Isabel Tompsett) 10-11 fav

Restricted: Mvezo (Richard Woolacott) 4-1

Confined: Chesnut Wood (Isabel Tompsett) 1-2 fav

Men's Open: Scotch Corner (Josh Harris) 5-1

Ladies' Open: Fantastic Champion (Jodi Hughes) 4-1

Young Maiden: Howard Howard (Felix de Giles) 4-6 fav

Aged Maiden: Wareyth (Tim Vaughan) 2-7 fav

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