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Curre & Llangib Howick
Easter Saturday 22nd March 2008
by Brian Lee
photos by Alun Sedgemore

Welsh champions 25-length dash

REIGNING Welsh ladies’ champion rider Isabel Tompsett was in brilliant form at the Curre and Llangibby Hunt Steeplechases on Saturday landing a double with Chesnut Annie (ladies’ open) and Check Up (maiden two, part two).

Isobel Tompsett unsaddles Check Up after winning the second part of the Second Division of the Confined Maiden Race

Chesnut Annie went straight into the lead and won by 25 lengths from the useful Honest Endeavour, who cost owner/rider Angela Rucker 20,000 guineas at the Doncaster Sales.

Honest Endeavour with Angela Rucker on board who came second in he Ladies Open Race

Chesnut Annie’s winning time was five seconds quicker than when she won over the course a fortnight earlier.

Isobel Tompsett and Ladies Open Winner Chesnut Annie

Check Up, described as “a modest and wayward hurdler”, joined Pyle’s Andrew Leyshon after being bought out of a Chepstow seller after finishing third on his Flat racing debut and was a first winner for Mr Leyshon, who is in the motor trade.

Selling Race Cards

South Wales Area point-to-point secretary Sarah Price notched-up a first training double with Thomo (maiden division one) and CountryCousin (maiden division two part one).

Backed from 8-1 to 3-1, Thomo, a 10-year-old bay gelding, owned by Alan Cook, won by five lengths from Scally’s George.

CountryCousin, ridden by Josh Harris, finished a distance behind the odds-on favourite Apocalozzo, but was awarded the race when it was ruled that Apolcalozzo’s rider Deano Coleman had gone the wrong side of a marker. Official Jim Thomas, who rode his last winner at Howick in the mid 1960s, saw his grandson Tom David, 17, survive a last fence blunder on Tanmeya to win the restricted race. The grey Tanmeya, who is owned by Tom’s grandparents Jim Thomas and Rhys David, won by eight lengths from Mr Roche T.

Circling around at the start for the Restricted Race

Early action from the Restricted Race

Tom David after winning the Restricted Race on Tanmeya

Mrs Rae Jones’s Loch Ennel chalked-up his fifth win over the course when landing the men’s open by 10 lengths from Red Man. Loch Ennel, who was ridden by Liam Payter, 25, jumped well throughout and is trained by Nicky Sheppard.

Men's Open winner Lough Ennel with Liam Payter on board

Christine Evans came in for plenty of praise after winning the restricted on Jack Rowsell’s well- backed BitsAndBobs.

“He jumped for fun,” said Christine, 23, from Pontypridd, on dismounting in the winners’ enclosure.

James Stephens won the members’ race on the late Harvey Heaven’s Murdinga, who won by one and three quarter lengths from Supreme Priority after the odds-on favourite Regal Storm fell at the second last when well clear.

Connections of Murdinga, ridden by James Stephens, celebrate after winning the Members Race

Josh Harris being congratulated after winning the first part of the Second Division of the Confined Maiden Race

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