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Kington

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Another glorious summer day and this is how we all remember trotting especially when looking back on this old established fixture run by the Kington and Vale of Arrow committee. Kington has played host to trotting since the early part of the last century and this meeting has been running since the 1960s however the racing on Saturday would not have been bettered in all that time.

Garage owners the Evans family from Brecon have two outstanding prospects in their homebreds: Koh Lanta (named after a Thailand island) who won the first Nursery and My Imortal second in the third Nursery both bred from their exceptional race mare Morello. Glan Minstrel (Jones Talgarreg) and Aberelan (Morgan Rhymney) were second and third to Koh Lanta. First time out Ithon Express from the well known Bevan of Maesmynis stable took first prize in the second nursery with Simply Red (Rogers Asterton) and Seren Penlan (R Lloyd Painscastle) in the placings. Man of the Day (Harries Llanllwni) won the third with Midnight Traveller (Gwatkin Evenjobb) third.

Andrew the youngest of the Maesmynis Bevan brothers seems to have inspired Handsome Butch as he asked him for a good effort to win the Novice heat for his co-owner Dave Sargeant of Newbridge beating Family Circle (Barton Clunderwen) and Miss Muddy Paws (Davies Huntington). In the second heat the square trotter Belleheir trotted like a demon for his blacksmith owner Brent Ladek from Cleobury Mortimer keeping the pacers back, Coalford Time (Hardwick Brecon) was second and Time Traveller (Bevan Llanddewi) was third.

Wellfield Xpense and Melanie Langford the National Hunt ‘stable lass’ from Ludlow took top honours in the first heat of the Grade B beating the race-day chairman Trish Dugdale’s Top Cat and Hilltop Flame (Lewis Presteigne) on her season’s debut. In the second heat the in form Obi Wan Kenobi again showed he’s a ‘star in the making’ as Derek Pritchard steered him to victory for the Williams family from Llanafan while Forgeside Jack (Walker Gwernogle) battled for second while Scoot 66 (Bevan Llanddewi) and Young Brett (Peters, Upper Longwood) took the minor placings.

The grade A heats feature the class horses of racing and one of the most popular, off a 40 yard trail Boomerang made the most of the long finishing straight to claim victory for the Peters family from Welshpool in second was Best Man (Owens Shobdon) and Believe (Crowther Llanidloes) was third. The other ‘northern’ horse Ithon Ace belonging to one time team chaser Stephen Williams from Shrewsbury took the second heat with the old favourite Scoot along Sam (Powell Merthyr Cynog) second and Fold Rajah (Perks Presteigne) was third.

Stephen Williams from Shrewsbury scored a back to back double as he drove his little mare Katie Blue to victory in the first Baby Novice race with Duggan’s Domino (Gwatkin Evenjobb) second and Dafydd’s Boy (Harries Llanllwni) in third, Katie Blue now moves up into the Novices. East of Eden was first in the other Baby Novice driven by Derek Pritchard from Rhosgoch who bred this mare from his most successful race mare Joint Account and she looks certain to take over the mantle of that illustrious mare. Ithon Artist (Wozencraft, Llangurig) was second and Lowri Dillon (Jenkins Llanrhystud) was third.

The next race on the card was the mile and a half, this was the most popular distances for trotting in the ‘old days’ and often produces an interesting race. One of the specialists in the longer distance is Bretts Delight owned by Denny Evans from Newtown a character in his own right, while the horse is trained by Julie Newey from Llandinam it was Alan Peters who steered him to victory in front of Harry Penlan (R Lloyd Painscastle) and Blackfield Willy (Barton Clunderwen).

The day ended with the three finals, in the Novice the Bevan Sargeant from Builth partnership were successful when Handsome Butch repeated his heat win to the joy of young Liam who collected the cup, while Coalford Time (Hardwick Brecon) was second and Time Traveller (Bevan Llanddewi) was third. Another youngster claimed the cup in the Grade B on behalf of his mother Helen Williams from Llanafan the trainer of Obi Wan Kenobi as his victory moves him into the premiere section of the sport, Scoot 66 (Bevan Llanddewi) ran on into second and Young Brett (Peters Upper Longwood) was third. In the Grade A final it was the striking Ithon Ace who extended up the home straight in front with owner / driver Stephen Williams in the seat, Best Man (Owens Shobdon) followed in second while Believe (Crowther Llanidloes) was third.

So ended a memorable day with entertaining racing, next weekend the racing is at Talgarreg in Ceredigion on Sunday 15th June 2 pm start.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Koh Lanta Gate £0
2 Glan Minstrel Gate £0
3 Aberelan Gate £0
4 Johnny Cotton Gate £0
99 Wellfield Inspired Gate £0
99 Classic Gold Gate £0
Time: 2.298

Race 2 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Express Gate £0
2 Simply Red II Gate £0
3 Seren Lobell Gate £0
4 Quick Silver II Gate £0
99 Solo Run II Gate £0
99 Highbrooks Teebeau Gate £0
Time: 2.466

Race 3 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Man Of The Day Gate £0
2 My Immortal Gate £0
3 Midnight Traveller Gate £0
4 Fold Tinto Gate £0
99 Highbrooks Teebeau Gate £0
99 The Red Devil Gate £0
Time: 2.268

Race 4 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Katie Blue 20 £60
2 Duggans Domino 20 £20
3 Dafydds Boy 10 £10
4 True Grit II Gate £0
99 Sandside Cash 10 £0
99 Merry Messenger Gate £0
99 Hilltop Polly Gate £0
99 Cotton Spirit Gate £0
Time: 2.222

Race 5 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 East of Eden 10 £60
2 Ithon Artist Gate £20
3 Lowri Dillon 10 £10
4 Glan Master 20 £0
99 Todays Future Gate £0
99 The Crusader 10 £0
Time: 2.248

Race 6 - Novice Heat 1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Handsome Butch Gate £30
2 Family Circle 20 £0
3 Miss Muddy Paws 10 £0
4 Forgeside Mo Gate £0
99 Red Adair 10 £0
Time: 2.187

Race 7 - Novice Heat 2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Belle Heir 10 £30
2 Coalford Time Gate £0
3 Time Traveller 10 £0
4 The Sizzler Gate £0
99 Maple Star 20 £0
Time: 2.213

Race 8 - Novice Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Handsome Butch Gate £200
2 Coalford Time Gate £50
3 Time Traveller 10 £30
4 Miss Muddy Paws 10 £0
99 Belle Heir 10 £0
99 Family Circle 20 £0
Time: 2.214

Race 9 - Grade B Heat 1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Wellfield Xpense 10 £30
2 Top Cat 20 £0
3 Hilltop Flame Gate £0
4 Brets Delight Gate £0
99 Harry Penlan Gate £0
99 Falcon Lobell Gate £0
Time: 2.193

Race 10 - Grade B Heat 2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Obi Wan Kenobi 10 £30
2 Forgeside Jack Gate £0
3 Scoot Sixty Six 10 £0
4 Young Brett 10 £0
99 Gangster 20 £0
99 Blackfield Willy Gate £0
Time: 2.166

Race 11 - Grade B Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Obi Wan Kenobi 10 £400
2 Scoot Sixty Six 10 £60
3 Young Brett 10 £30
4 Wellfield Xpense 10 £0
99 Top Cat 20 £0
99 Hilltop Flame Gate £0
99 Forgeside Jack Gate £0
Time: 2.187

Race 12 - Grade A Heat 1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Boomerang II 40 £40
2 Bestman Gate £0
3 Bellieve 30 £0
4 Fold Surprise Gate £0
99 Hilltop Blackbird 20 £0
99 Proud Girl 40 £0
Time: 2.179

Race 13 - Grade A Heat 2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Ace 10 £40
2 Scoot Along Sam 30 £0
3 Fold Rajah Gate £0
4 Master T J 20 £0
99 Jeffry Gate £0
Time: 2.178

Race 14 - Grade A Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Ace 10 £500
2 Bestman Gate £80
3 Bellieve 30 £40
4 Fold Rajah Gate £0
99 Scoot Along Sam 30 £0
99 Boomerang II 40 £0
Time: 2.179

Race 15 - Other 1.5m
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Brets Delight 10 £100
2 Harry Penlan 10 £30
3 Blackfield Willy 10 £15
4 Maple Star Gate £0
DQ Master T J 50 £0
DQ Hilltop Blackbird 50 £0
Time: 3.387