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WBCRA Charity Race Day Results

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The last race meeting of the Wales & Border season is traditionally a fun day out. With low prize money, but high prestige and the season running out all races seem to reflect the now or never attitude of the competitors. Those with a good season behind them have pressure on them, to give a good show at the end, while those with a less than perfect record, try to ‘pull something out of the fire’ to inspire them throughout the long winter months. The result a wonderful day of racing, this year held at Broadheath, Presteigne with the proceeds going to local charities; the East Radnor Day Centre and the Curlew Centre of Wegnells Farm.

Seven horses lined up in the Nursery race for the beginners in the sport and it was Brecon horse Sunnyside Geoff belonging to the Clarke family trained and driven by Andrew Hardwick who ran a proficient race, he certainly looks a good prospect for next year winning from John Gwatkin of Evenjobb’s home-bred youngster Golden Nugget while Seren Penlan (Lloyd Painscastle) was third.

Miss Muddy Paws (Davies Huntington) with only one previous win this year although she has been placed on numerous occasions gave her pilot Melanie Langford another win beating the lightly raced Hasty Flight (Williams Llanafan) with Duggan’s Domino (Gwatkin Evenjobb) in third.

Gangster (Evans Brecon) who seems to be running into form was first past the post in the Grade B proving last week’s success was no fluke, while the indomitable Scoot 66 (Bevan Llanddewi) was second and the tough little race mare Bon Beti (Evans Jones, Rhymney) was third.

There were two Grade A races with the first victory going to Lady Sherman (Lloyd, Kington) this mare has been improving all season but has undoubtedly been waiting for firmer ground, in second was last week’s hero Obi-Wan-Kenobi (Williams Llanafan) while Vodka Express (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) was third. In the second race the people’s favourite Bon Bethan (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) completed an fabulous season with her greatest fan, Louisa Myers in the seat, second was back marker Purple Rain (Edwards, Bromfield) another horse completing a good season off some difficult handicap marks while the charismatic Ithon Ace (Williams Shrewsbury) was third.

Ian Isaac the farmer from Ystrad Meurig managed to complete his harvest in order to give Ynyston Tommy one last run in which they claimed victory from ex point to point rider Stephen Lloyd from Painscastle with Hilltop W R while Ithon Eagle (Edwards Bromfield), who maintained his record of never being out of the placings, with third. In the second race Man of the Day from the Harries and Lloyd stable at Llanllwni enhanced his reputation with a good win from the well thought of Aberelan (Morgan, Rhymney) while Ithon Artist (Wozencraft Llangurig) was third.

Four runners went to post in the saddle race with Vodka Express ridden by Melanie Langford for the Weigel family from Llanddewi Velfrey coming home in front of saddle champion Blackfield Willy (Barton Clunderwen) with his stable mate Family Circle in third.

In the break that followed the season’s awards were announced and appropriate presentations made. The card continued with the ever popular Junior race. Although this season there are just two main rivals with veteran fifteen year old Bethan Perks from Presteigne and newcomer thirteen year old Daisy Cornes from Welshpool there is no shortage of supporters and encouragement during the race. This week Bethan drove Duggan’s Domino while Daisy partnered Master T J both horses generously loaned by John Gwatkin from Evenjobb. Master T J had a handicap of 40 yards to make up but aided by much vocal encouragement the horse responded and Daisy claimed her first victory.

The human race was the first of the light hearted events when a human (mainly men) were put in the shafts of a sulky while a ‘driver’ held on in the seat. The winners were Sion & Mel; second Rob & Louisa; with Mark Bevan & his friend in third this is always a popular spectacle in the party atmosphere afternoon.

In the Non whip race that followed My Immortal (Evans, Brecon) although he had completely fluffed his Novice race, showed he needed no urging on once he had mastered the track beating Bon Bethan (Weigel Llanddewi) into second and Bon Beti (Evans Jones Rhymney) third.

The fun and drive race had only two competitors as Sabrina Stephens from Penybont took on Robert Barton from Clunderwen to run 70 yards followed by a lap of the track, Robert just edged Sabrina to his own horse Blackfield Willy a lead which Sabrina and Bestman (Owens Shobdon) were unable to catch up.

The first Non drivers race was for the Novice horses where Jack Lewis partnered Ithon Eagle, the horse he sold earlier in the year to Terry Edwards of Bromfield to a very popular victory with Miss Muddy Paws (Davies Huntington) and Julie Moorhouse in second and The Sizzler with his owner Mike Lloyd from Kingswood running a superb race to be third.

The last race of the day, and the season was the Non drivers on open horses, John Perks from Presteigne has developed something of a reputation in this event and his horse Fold Rajah was an enthusiastic accomplice as they chased after long time leader Mike Lewis from Presteigne on his mare Hilltop Flame. Fold Rajah was first, Hilltop Flame second and Helen Brisland from Ludlow with Purple Rain (Edwards Bromfield) was third.

So at the end of another difficult season mostly due to the weather, with 300 races completed at 23 meetings attention will soon be focused on next year when the season starts as usual on Easter Monday 13th Aril 2009.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Sunnyside Geoff Gate £0
2 Golden Nugget Gate £0
3 Seren Penlan Gate £0
99 Glan Levit Gate £0
99 Zip Along Gate £0
99 Little Man II Gate £0
99 Freddies Flight Gate £0
Time: 2.257

Race 2 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ynyston Tommy 20 £25
2 Hilltop W R Gate £10
3 Ithon Eagle 10 £5
99 Ystwyth Gwynfor 10 £0
99 Todays Future Gate £0
99 Flyover Gate £0
Time: 2.205

Race 3 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Man Of The Day Gate £25
2 Aberelan 20 £10
3 Ithon Artist 20 £5
99 Ashbrooks Billyboy 10 £0
99 Fold Tinto Gate £0
Time: 2.216

Race 4 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Miss Muddy Paws 10 £25
2 Hasty Flight Gate £10
3 Duggans Domino 10 £5
99 Forgeside Mo Gate £0
99 Hilltop Polly Gate £0
99 The Sizzler Gate £0
99 My Immortal 10 £0
99 Glan Master 10 £0
Time: 2.182

Race 5 - Grade B
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Gangster Gate £25
2 Scoot Sixty Six 10 £10
3 Bon Beti 20 £5
99 Falcon Lobell Gate £0
99 Top Cat Gate £0
99 Hilltop Flame Gate £0
99 Blackfield Willy 10 £0
99 Maple Star Gate £0
Time: 2.183

Race 6 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lady Sherman Gate £25
2 Obi Wan Kenobi 30 £10
3 Vodka Express Gate £5
99 Master T J 10 £0
99 Bestman Gate £0
99 Fold Surprise 10 £0
Time: 2.159

Race 7 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Bethan 20 £25
2 Purple Rain 50 £10
3 Ithon Ace 10 £5
99 Bellieve 50 £0
99 Fold Rajah 20 £0
99 Hilltop Blackbird Gate £0
Time: 2.139

Race 8 - Saddle
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Vodka Express 20 £25
2 Blackfield Willy 10 £10
3 Family Circle Gate £5
4 Top Cat Gate £0
Time: 2.155

Race 9 - Junior
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Master T J 40 £25
2 Duggans Domino Gate £10
Time: 2.186

Race 10 - Other Non Whip
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 My Immortal Gate £25
2 Bon Bethan 50 £10
3 Bon Beti 30 £5
99 Falcon Lobell 10 £0
99 Family Circle 10 £0
99 Forgeside Mo Gate £0
99 Scoot Sixty Six 20 £0
99 Lady Sherman 30 £0
99 Hilltop Blackbird 30 £0
Time: 2.143

Race 11 - Other Run & Drive
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Blackfield Willy Gate £25
2 Bestman Gate £10
Time: 1.335

Race 12 - Other Non Drivers
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Eagle 10 £25
2 Miss Muddy Paws 40 £10
3 The Sizzler 30 £5
99 Fold Tinto Gate £0
99 Flyover Gate £0
99 Aberelan 20 £0
Time: 2.248

Race 13 - Other Non Drivers
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fold Rajah 40 £25
2 Hilltop Flame Gate £10
3 Purple Rain 70 £5
4 Maple Star Gate £0
Time: 2.158