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Sir WW Wynn's
Sunday 13th March 2011
by Arthur Shone

Bangor on Dee basked in glorious sunshine for the Wynnstay point to point meeting yesterday at Bangor on Dee. There was a decent crowd at the North Wales course, who certainly had value for money with eleven races on the card. It was agood day for trainers Sheila Crow and Steve Flook who completed trebles at the track, and riding honous were shared by Richard Burton and Robert Jarrett who also completed three timers in the plate.

The Men's Open, for the Anne Duchess Of Westminster Cup, was won in impressive style by the mare My Flora ,who took up the running at the third last fence under Richard Burton, and pulled clear for a very easy ten length success over Mister Kay Bee with the well backed Idle Talk a further five lengths back in third. The winner is owned by Don Edwards and John Whitfield and trained at Hadnall by Sheila Crow, who was elated when I spoke to her afterwards, she said, "She got terribly upset before the race and sweated up, she has never done that before here. It did not affect her during the race, Richard (Burton) said that she was idling in front, but she did it nicely and is improving all the time. The plan has always been to go to the John Corbett Cup at Stratford, that is still in the pipeline, but I will have to seriously consider going to Liverpool for the Foxhunters, as I think the course would suit her."

Sheila Crow and Richard Burton went on to complete a double in the second division of the first division of the two and a half mile Maiden with Wat Jimmy Call It. Victory did not look likely with two fences to go as Liam Payter was looking over his shoulder for dangers aboard the Phillip Rowley trained Chief Heckler, but Burton highlighted why he is the winning most point to point rider of all time, he gave his horse a breather and came to the last fence full of running to win going away in the end by four and a half lengths. The winner is owned by Gareth Samuel and Sue Davies, both of whom are long standing owners with the trainer.

Crow and Burtie went on to complete a treble with Current Exchange in the Intermediate race, the winner carried the colours of the trainers son Alistair , the former dual national point to point champion. The winner had too much toe for the runner up Shraden Edition winning by an easy ten lengths. Sheila Crow was full of praise for the winner she said, "He is a trainers horse, he stays and jumps all day and he is a very brave horse. Alistair wants to run him in the John Corbett Cup at Stratford, we will have to see as I plan to run My Flora in that race."

The Ladies Open went to the Phillip Rowley trained Billyvodden who was very confidently ridden by Jane Williams to beat kalmo Bay by six lengths. Rocksland was a further twenty five lengths back in third. The winner is trained at Bridgnorth by Phillip Rowley for Juliet Minton, the wife of bloodstock agent David Minton. Rowley said afterwards that the winner would run next at Tabley and then go for the Ladies Aga Final at the hunter chase meeting at Cheltenham."

Rowley completed a double at the North Wales course with Shouldhavehadthat in the Confined, who won readily by 6 lengths from Enter Paradise with Paddy's Tern a further 25 lengths back in third. The Definite Article gelding was purchased by bloodstock agent David Minton for 5,000gns at the Doncaster May Sales last year for owners called The Dealers, which Minton explained is made up of Shropshire farmers and wheeler dealers, hence the syndicate name.

The opening members race saw the Corrine Wynne trained Von Origny under Sam Allwood attempt to win the race for the third year running, but the combination could only manage third behind the Raymond Owen trained Whitepark Legend, who quickened well under Nick Slater to win going away by three lengths from Bougoure, Von Origny was a further six lengths back in third. The winning owner Sarah Thomas used to have the horse in training with Gary Hanmer, before sending the gelding to Raymond Owen who trains at Llanyrnog, Nr Denbigh. His uncle Edward Hollister Owen was a good trainer who used to trainer the decent chaser Rupertino for the late Lord Kenyon.

The first division of the open Maiden was divided, with victory going to Just Gizmo under Ben Poste who galloped his rivals into the ground to win impressively by 25 lengths from Bonny Jago. The gelding was carrying the well known Christy Beamish colours of owner Mick Mann. The winner is trained at Wolverhampton by Sue Taylor, speaking afterwards she said, He is a grand chap, and he did it very well today. He was bred by one of my owners Mike Parr who used to have the dam Glacial Trial in training with Sheila Crow and with us. Mike (Parr) sold him to Mick last year and he will have been pleased with the way he won today."

The second division of the first division of the Maiden saw the Steve Flook trained Bill's Bank gain some compensation after falling at the last fence at Chaddesley Corbett with the race won, the Alflora gelding made no mistake this time under Robert Jarrett winning readily by a couple of lengths from Bonny Jago with Rydale Lad a further 8 lengths back in third. The Shobdan trainer is currently recovering from a broken leg, and had gone racing to Warwick instead as it was a bit nearer than Bangor on Dee.

Robert Jarrett and trainer Steve Flook completed a double with Twisted Cross in the first division of the two and a half mile Maiden, the combination wore down the leader Cardigan Island close home to win by a length and half. He was bought cheaply at the Ascot May sales by Flook for owner Sally Vaughan for only 2,000gns, as for rider Robert Jarrett this was his first double in the plate.

Things got even better for Flook and Jarrett after completing a treble in the second division of the two and a half mile Maiden with Miss Tilly Oscar. The winner was given a great ride by Jarrett, who had six lengths to make up on Henry Kinchin aboard Theodore Lamb from the second last to the jam stick, it was only in the last fifty yards that the winner got on top by a length. The judge gave the distance out as six lengths, but I was near the post and it was definitely a length. The winner completed a double for owner Brian Mould as his colours had been successful earlier with Bill's bank in the Maiden.

There was a good finish to the second division of the Open Maiden ,which went the way of Brookview Lad who was given a very confident ride by Oscar Churton, the son of the Nigel Churton, the chairman of Chester racecourse. Coming to the last fence there were virtually three horses in a line, but Brookview Lad under Churton found a nice turn of foot to beat Foundry Square by a length with Lambrini Classic a similar distance back in third. Brookfield Lad is trained at Shifnal by Royston Smart and owned by his landlord Bernard Perkins. Speaking after the race, he said, "He was bought at the Cheltenham Breeze up sales three years ago. He always runs well at this course and to be fair he has been knocking on the door and deserved to win this race. He is normally ridden by Ben Furnival, he had the choice but he chose the runner up today."

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