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Playboy Wins at Presteigne

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As the weather cleared on Saturday, Broadheath common was the scene for another exciting day of racing. Despite earlier worries of rain, conditions were good on this traditional venue, which has seen racing for centuries, and continues to be one of the highlights of the trotting season.

Three Nursery races point to a hopeful future for the sport as the young horses begin their racing career. The winner of the first Nursery was Greenhill Annie (Williams Brecon) from the Hardwick training stable at Brecon, which seems to have an impressive list of inmates ready to climb the racing ladder. In second was Fold the Notes (Perks Presteigne) with Beacons Sorceror (Bevan Llanddewi) in third.

In the second race Rebecca Williams from Ludlow opted to try Nia Patrol in the sulky this week, a successful decision, beating Glan Marie (Evans Talgarreg) and Big Harry (Duggan Llangunllo). Glan Martini (Evans Talgarreg) helping driver Dale Williams from Brecon gain experience in adult driving and gaining in confidence herself, took the third Nursery from Reprieve (Bevan Builth) and Just Hold On (Neville Guilsfield).

The first Novice heat provided a celebratory local win for the Perks family from Presteigne with Fold American while the much improved Bon Hasty (Collingwood Huntington) was second and the ever at hand Boomshakalakka (Lloyd Kington) was third. Highbrooks Impress (Probert Merthyr) continues to live up to his name as Mark Evans guided him to victory in the second heat of the Novice, with Clares Own (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) second and another local horse Radnor Chips (Lewis Presteigne) in third.

C U Boykin (Hitchcock Haverfordwest) was perhaps a surprise winner of the first heat of the Grade B but he can never be discounted, another horse who never runs a bad race is Family Circle (Barton Clynderwen) who registered a worthy second while The Red Devil (Greenway, Michaelchurch Eskley) had to be content with third. The speed horse of the Grade B this season has been Fold be Nimble (Perks Presteigne) and he and Joe Knox secured another victory in the second B heat followed home by Alpine Heights (Lloyd Kington) and Abernant (Greenway, Michaelchurch Eskley & Hardwick Brecon).

The black mare Bon Bethan (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) always a crowd favourite was first passed the post in the Grade A heat, while the little chestnut mare Believe (Pritchard Rhosgoch) was close behind in second and another black, Ithon Ace (Williams Shrewsbury) was third. Merrington Man (Thomas Rhymney) has come to be regarded as a heat specialist and duly obliged with driver Mark Evans urging him on to beat backmarker Scooby’s Dream (Lloyd Kington), who always gives his all, while Saunders Playboy (Pritchard Rhosgoch) on his first run in premiere company was third.

There were three Baby Novice races this week the first secured another win for the ‘Fold’ stable driver Joe Knox as Ithon Gem (Walker Kelsall) won from Greenhill Cliff (Williams Brecon) and the improving Charlie Penlan (Lloyd Painscastle). In the second race, another horse bred by the Hardwick family from Abbey Cwm Hir, Ithon Hope (Bevan Builth) were successful, with Durham Direct (Hughes Cwmbach) hot on his heels and the dependable Murray (Gittins, Four Crosses) in third. Nimble’s Dream (Lloyd Kington) was first over the line in the third Baby Novice with Kickstart (Williams, Brecon) in second and Dragon Fly (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) in third.

In the saddle race the Novice Sunnyside Geoff (Williams Brecon) ridden by Rebecca Hitchcock took the victory from another Novice Tricksters Dream (Flint Porthcawl) while open horse Blackfield Willy (Barton Clynderwen) was third.

The Novice final was full of incident although luckily there were no loose horses to provide a hazard to proceedings. The winner was Clare’s Own (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) whose driver Mathew Tromans steered clear of trouble to give this able mare a well earned victory, in second was Fold American (Perks Presteigne) another very able mare, while Razzle Dazzle (Thomas Llanybydder) was third.

The Dash was next on the card with Horst Weigel still jubilant after his win with Vodka Express last week, again united with the enigmatic gelding, they looked as if they were going to pull off a double but Derek Pritchard driving Ithon Cracker (White Porthcawl) spoiled the party by sneaking passed on the winning line, while Blackfield Willy (Barton Clynderwen) gained another third.

The three Juniors set off with purpose, David Lloyd on the Baby Novice Blackies Boy (Prosser Libanus) with Tricksters Dream (Flint Porthcawl) ridden by Jacob Webb and at the back Ellen Bevan on Meadowbranch Mike (Jones Llanllwni) it was ladies to the fore, as Ellen come home first, with Jacob second and David by no means disgraced in third.

The grey Alpine Heights (Davies Kington) has been running so consistently this season, this week as usual he was driven by Lee Morris, and added to his previous victories this prestigious Grade B final. In second was the backmarker Fold be Nimble (Perks Presteigne) who just failed to make up the 20 yard handicap, with the talented Abernant (Greenway, Michaelchurch Eskley & Hardwick Brecon) in third.

The final race of the day was the esteemed Presteigne Grade A Final in this race the ‘new boy’ Saunders Playboy (Pritchard, Rhosgoch) showed no hesitation in taking on the ‘big boys’ as he came home in front of Merrington Man (Thomas Rhymney) while Playboy’s stable-mate Believe (Pritchard Rhosgoch) was third.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Greenhill Ani Gate £0
2 Fold The Notes Gate £0
3 Beacon Sorcerer Gate £0
4 Rainman II Gate £0
5 Lady Sunbeam Gate £0
6 Galaxy B Gate £0
7 Hyar Temptation Gate £0
Time: 2.340

Race 2 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Nia Patrol Gate £0
2 Glan Marie Gate £0
3 Big Harry Gate £0
4 Lily Agnes Gate £0
5 Grecho Gate £0
6 Immortal Ellie Gate £0
7 Pilsbury Lady Gate £0
Time: 2.370

Race 3 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Glan Martini Gate £0
2 Reprieve Gate £0
3 Just Hold On Gate £0
4 Ithon Gift Gate £0
5 Precious Cargo Gate £0
6 Miss Jackpot Gate £0
7 Fold Elite Gate £0
Time: 2.346

Race 4 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Gem Gate £60
2 Greenhill Cliff 20 £30
3 Charlie Penlan Gate £15
4 Blackies Boy Gate £0
5 Sable Sam 10 £0
6 The Contender 10 £0
Time: 2.320

Race 5 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Hope Gate £60
2 Durham Direct 20 £30
3 Murray 10 £15
4 Overland Gate £0
5 Nia Patrol Gate £0
6 Betty Blue Gate £0
Time: 2.311

Race 6 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Nimbles Dream 10 £60
2 Kickstart Gate £30
3 Dragon Fly Gate £15
4 Merefield Jack 10 £0
5 Country Striker 20 £0
6 Seren Penlan 20 £0
Time: 2.331

Race 7 - Novice H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fold American 10 £20
2 Bon Hasty Gate £0
3 Boomshakalakka 20 £0
4 Razzle Dazzle Gate £0
5 Luck Matters Gate £0
6 True Grit II Gate £0
7 Sunnyside Geoff 10 £0
8 The Crusader Gate £0
Time: 2.306

Race 8 - Novice H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Highbrooks Impress 10 £20
2 Clares Own 10 £0
3 Radnor Chips Gate £0
4 Greenhill Megan Gate £0
5 Fold Eventful Gate £0
6 Wellfield Inspired 20 £0
Time: 2.283

Race 9 - Novice Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Clares Own 10 £125
2 Fold American 10 £40
3 Razzle Dazzle Gate £20
4 Radnor Chips Gate £0
PU Bon Hasty Gate £0
PU Greenhill Megan Gate £0
F Boomshakalakka 20 £0
F Highbrooks Impress 10 £0
Time: 2.294

Race 10 - Grade B H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 C U Boykin Gate £30
2 Family Circle Gate £0
3 The Red Devil Gate £0
4 Master Tom 10 £0
5 Glan Master Gate £0
6 Ithon Cracker 10 £0
Time: 2.254

Race 11 - Grade B H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fold Be Nimble 20 £30
2 Alpine Heights Gate £0
3 Abernant Gate £0
4 Bon Beti 10 £0
5 Duggans Domino Gate £0
Time: 2.240

Race 12 - Grade B Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Alpine Heights Gate £400
2 Fold Be Nimble 20 £50
3 Abernant Gate £20
4 Family Circle Gate £0
5 Master Tom 10 £0
6 Bon Beti 10 £0
7 C U Boykin Gate £0
8 The Red Devil Gate £0
Time: 2.269

Race 13 - Grade A H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Bethan Gate £30
2 Bellieve 20 £0
3 Ithon Ace 10 £0
4 Mahogany Duke 30 £0
5 Meadowbranch Mike Gate £0
6 Carl Hall Gate £0
Time: 2.255

Race 14 - Grade A H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Merrington Man Gate £30
2 Scoobys Dream 60 £0
3 Saunders Playboy Gate £0
4 Blackfield Buddy 10 £0
5 Springhill Horizon 20 £0
6 Ithon Eagle 10 £0
7 Vodka Express 30 £0
Time: 2.251

Race 15 - Grade A Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Saunders Playboy Gate £600
2 Merrington Man Gate £60
3 Bellieve 20 £30
4 Scoobys Dream 60 £0
5 Blackfield Buddy 10 £0
6 Mahogany Duke 30 £0
7 Bon Bethan Gate £0
8 Ithon Ace 10 £0
Time: 2.244

Race 16 - Saddle
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Sunnyside Geoff Gate £60
2 Tricksters Dream Gate £30
3 Blackfield Willy 10 £10
4 Wellfield Inspired Gate £0
Time: 2.283

Race 17 - Dash
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Cracker 10 £60
2 Vodka Express 50 £30
3 Blackfield Willy Gate £10
4 Duggans Domino Gate £0
Time: 1.538

Race 18 - Junior
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Meadowbranch Mike 40 £20
2 Tricksters Dream 20 £10
3 Blackies Boy Gate £5
Time: 2.322