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Curre & Llangibby
Sunday 22nd March 2009
by Brian Lee

Photos by Alun Sedgemore

Former winning hurdler City Affair, who landed the men's open race at the Curre & Llangibby, will be heading to Liverpool in a fortnight's time to run in the Aintree Foxhunters Steeplechase announced his owner Andrew Lowrie after his eight- year-old bay gelding had finished an official one-and-a-half
lengths ahead of five times course winner Lough Ennel.

Ready for the off for the Men's Open Race

Confidently ridden by Deano Coleman, who joined the runner-up at the second last before going on to lead over the final obstacle, City Affair was strongly fancied and went off the 2-9 favourite.

Jumping the last in the Men's Open Race. On the left is the winner City Affair and Deano Coleman, on the right Lough Ennel and Liam Payter

Beth Roberts's Chesnut Annie, who like City Affair is qualified with the Llangeinor Hunt, soon had her eight rivals trailing in her wake when winning the ladies' open race under twenty-six-year-old Isabel Tompsett the reigning Welsh champion rider.Chesnut Annie's box broke down on the way to the races and Beth was full of praise for hunt-racing stalwarts Messrs Hamer and Leyshon who stopped to help her.Chesnut Annie is now the first horse to win five races this season.

Another win for Chesnut Annie. On the right is owner Beth Roberts

Peter Corbett's homebred Upton Springs gave Jonathon Jarrett his fifth winner of the season when landing the restricted. Trainer Sarah Jayne Davies who has a half share in the mare said: "I really love this mare she is brilliant to train but has been very unlucky. I think the world of her.''

Jumping the first in the Restricted Race

Winner of the Restricted Race, Upton Springs, on the left

Nearing the enclosures in the Restricted Race, Ceri Evans and Offaly To Mayo, exit through the wings of the fence.

Irishman Tom Austin had his first ever winner in four years when his well backed Doctor Supremo ran out an easy winner of the first division of the maiden. Doctor Supremo was ridden by Welsh champion Rhys Hughes and is trained in Haverfordwest by Robert Luke who said: "Tom has been very patient and deserves this win.''

Wales's greatest Point to Point jockey, John Llewellyn, now a steward

HandOfHarperstown winner of the first division of the maiden was a first time training success for Worcestershire's Zara Hunt and joint owners David Smith and David Robertson were also tasting success for the first time.

Number board stewards enjoying the spring sunshine

As was the case for owner David Rees and trainer Stephen Parkhouse in the second division when the always prominent Ship To Shore came home an easy winner.

Sparkie and Lailand Gordon before the 138cm Pony Race

The PPORA Club race won by Chalk It Up also resulted in first successes for joint owners Ian Anderson and David Barlow. Partnered by Adam Wadlow,28, Chalk It Up gave Mr Anderson's partner Jean Balmer from Welshpool her first win as a trainer.

James Stephens made nearly all to win the members' race on Berkeley Court trained by his grandfather Owen Stephens.James Price has a nasty fall from Foxy Judas in the PPORA club race and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with a suspected broken collar bone and shoulder. Enthusiasts will wish him a speedy recovery.

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