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Sunday 9th March 2008
by Arthur Shone
photos by Graham Fisher

The Wynnstay Hunt staged a really good days racing at Bangor on Dee. The marathon 9 race card attracted a good turn of runners and supporters.

It is not very often that the area and former national point to point champion rider Richard Burton has to wait until the third meeting of the season to ride a winner in the North Western area, but he managed to get off the mark at the third attempt on the Sheila Crow trained Gunner Be Quick in the second division of the Open Maiden, the Gunner B gelding won by 12 lengths from the only other finisher Supreme Spoof. Claire Allen took a crashing fall from Slavedriver. The winner is owned by the trainers husband Edward. Sheila Crow thinks highly of the winner, speaking after the race , she said,” He is one our homebreds and we decided to fit him with blinkers, because he keeps looking around in his races, it worked well, and he will improve a lot from this race.”

Richard Burton returns on Gunner Be Quick following his win the Open Maiden Div2

The first division went to the Jane Froggatt trained and owned Autumn Over who got up in the final strides under Jonathon Jarrett to win a thriller by half a length from Bonny Jago, Staffs Chance was a further 8 lengths away in third. The winner is trained at Hill Ridware, Nr Rugeley, and was bought at the Fairyhouse sales last November, the time of this division was 6 seconds faster than the second.

Autumn’s Over and Jonathan Jarrett follow Bonny Jago (Dave Mansell) over the last before going on to victory in the Open Maiden Div1

There was a cracking finish to the Men’s Open with three horses in line approaching the final fence, with victory going to the Steve Issac trained Magicien by a length and a quarter from Le Seychellois with Go For Bust a further neck back in third. The winner was given a very confident ride by Adrian Wintle, this was Magicien’s 13 th career success, which is credit to his trainer Steve Issac who trains at Shobdon for Presteigne owner Barbara Gibbons. Issac said afterwards that his charge was a stronger horse this season and added that he would improve a lot from todays race.

Adrian Wintle and Magician (left) just get the better of Le Seychellois and Go For Bust in a thrilling finish to the Men Open

Adrian Wintle went on to complete a double on the Andy Hobbs trained Oliver who was all out at the line to hold the sustained challenge of No Virtue under David Mansell by a diminishing half a length. Hobbs who trains at Handley swan said that the winner had benefited from a back operation.The winning owners Sam Warner and Katie Foster-Smith are from the Tewksbury area.

Olivier and double scorer Adrian Wintle (left) just outpoint No Virtue in the Restricted

Shrewsbury trainer Heidi Brookshaw has her horses in good form at present. She notched up another winner after her charge Home Made won the Ladies Open after making every yard under Sammie Beddoes to beat the jolly Madge Carroll readily by 3 lengths. The winner is owned by Pip Harney, who retired yesterday after 6 years as joint master of the North Shropshire Hunt. Brooksahaw is planning to run Home Made next Sunday at the Meynell meeting at Weston Park.

Course specialist Home Made (Sammie Beddoes) takes the Ladies Open from Madge Carroll and Jane Williams

The Heidi Brookshaw trained Beautiful Dawn was sent off the well backed favourite in the Intermediate race under Sammie Beddoes, but a big groan went up from the crowd when the combination fell two fences from home. The race was won in good style by Will Kinsey on Adams Wine, who quickened up well to pull 3 lengths clear from Belligerent, with Antonine a further 3 lengths back in third . The winner is trained at Chester by the riders mother Julie who around 10 horses in the yard for the season. Speaking after the race, she said, “Will (Kinsey) said that he jumped a lot better today, I have been toying with the idea of putting blinkers on him, because he has tended to lose concentration with his jumping. I will now step him to race in Opens, ideally I would like to run him in a Hunter chase."

Will Kinsey drives Adams Wine (blue) home ahead of Belligerent in another close finish for the Intermediate

The most impressive winner on the card was the Martine Flint trained Iris’s Flint in the first division of the novice riders race, who completed the four timer for the season very easily with her son Rhys in the plate, the winning distance of 25 lengths over earl Of Buckingham Flattered the runner up. Jakari was a further 12 lengths back in third. The winning rider is attached to Phillip Hobbs yard. The combination went on to land the second division of the novice riders race in equally emphatic style on Bobosh who landed the spoils heavily eased by 7 lengths from Infrasonique. Once again the winner was trained by the riders mother Martine at Bridgend in South Wales, she only has these two horses in training, and plans to run one of the two horses in novices riders final at the North West Club meeting at Tabley on May 18 th.

Iris’s Prince and Rhys Flint are the day’s easiest winners in the Novice Riders race Div1

Rhys doubles up aboard Bobosh in the Novice Riders Div2

The Mares Maiden was won in good style by Me Julie under Ryan Mahon who proved too strong for the Sheila Crow trained Gold Trigger by 10 lengths, only two finished. The winner was bought privately from trainer John O'Shea as a 3yr old, the Westbury on Severn handler said that his charge was unlucky not to have won a maiden last year, he has 7 horses in training at present.

Me Julie and Ryan Mahon have no problems landing the Mares Maiden

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