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Flint & Denbigh
Sunday 13th April 2008
by Arthur Shone

Sunday’s Flint & Denbigh meeting between the flags at Bangor on Dee produced a cracking days racing. Heavy showers throughout the afternoon did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the racegoers. Going into this meeting the former national champion rider Richard Burton was 7 winners behind the current leader Ollie Greenall in the Men’s title, after yesterday that deficit has now been reduced to just five after Burtie completed a double at the North Wales course.

Burtie landed the first leg on the Caroline Robinson trained Silver Ace, who came with a perfectly timed run at the last fence to sprint clear on the run in to win going away by two and a half lengths from Josey Wells. The winner is owned by Brian and Wendy Orchard from Cleobury Mortimer. Speaking after the race Robinson said, “I was a bit worried about the testing ground, but Richard ( Burton) said he handled it well. The owners had the horse under rules with Peter Bowen last season, when he finished fourth in a bumper, they promised to send him to me at the start of the season, which thankfully they did, he will improve a lot from the race.”

The Restricted saw Burton ride his 20 th winner of the season after Proud Andees from the Gary Hanmer yard won the race in a distance from Lord Louis. Opio from the David Easterby yard under Ollie Greenall was upsides when he fell at the second last, it would have been interesting if they had both stayed on their feet. The gelding is owned by Carol Thomas from Northop, Nr Mold. Speaking afterwards Hanmer said, “I very nearly did not run him because of the ground, he is a better horse on better ground than this. I have always thought a lot of the winner and ideally I would like to find a decent Intermediate race for him next.”

The feature race on the card was the Volkswagen Toaureg Men’s Open was won in good style by Adam’s Wine under Will Kinsey, who was not extended when beating the former course winner Lord Bush by 25 lengths. Will Kinsey, who worked as assistant trainer to Donald McCain Jnr at Cholmondley, was recording his 6 th race of the season. The winner is trained by the rider’s mother Julie at Chester, speaking after the race her husband Richard said that the Volkswagen Toaureg Final at Towcester on Monday May 12 th was a strong possibility, as the winner was better right handed.

Welcome To Unos made the long trip from Yorkshire worthwhile when outstaying Madge Carroll on the run in to win going away by 3 lengths under a very confident ride from Serena Brotherton. Michelle Mullineaux took a crashing fall at the last fence on Rootheday, thankfully she was alright. The winner is trained at Coulton by Freya Hartley, who was represented at the track by her partner Guy Brewer, who said that the winner relished the testing ground and the flat course.

The opening Members race was won by Bak on Board under Lucinda Dutton who put in foot perfect display to beat the heavily backed Von Origny by a length and three quarters. The winner is trained not far from the course by Geoff Dutton at Marchweil, Nr Wrexham.

Cholmondley trainer Kelda Wood was breathing a huge sigh of relief after Clear The Line won the Confined race readily by 10 lengths under Stuart Ross, who was winning his 6 th race in a week, the Satco gelding pulled clear to win by 10 lengths from Hip Pocket, with News Maker a further 15 lengths back in third. Wood said afterwards that the yard had struggled with a bit of a bug in the stable, but added that she had been working her charge sharper in recent weeks, and said that the win would be a welcome boost for owner Prudence Glassford who was recovering from an illness at present.

Harry Challoner, the current leading novice rider in the North Western area, extended his lead over his rivals after Krac De Mirande outstayed Malt Max to win the Open Maiden by 8 lengths. The winner is trained by Caroline Hurley at Richard and Carrie Fords yard at Tarporley. The gelding is owned by Dawn Ritson, who used to own that very good horse Dover.

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