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First Lyonshall Meeting A Great Sucess

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Sunday saw a new committee play host to Mid Wales and Border Counties Harness racing on an exciting new track at Lyonshall near Kington. The weather was perfect and the innovative card provided an exceptional afternoon of racing which was much appreciated by the crowd.

Mark Bevan from Llanddewi in the first Nursery race brought the family’s Beacon Sorcerer home in front to progress into the Baby Novice section with Ithon Gift (Bird Ludlow) also looking forward to promotion with Greenhill Ani (Williams Brecon) in third. In the second Nursery Andrew Hardwick from Brecon who has made a name for himself as the Nursery specialist brought home Hefin Evans from Talgarreg’s Glan Marie ahead of Bon Hasty (Collingwood Huntington) who giving his driver some race experience while Big Harry (Duggan Llangunllo) was third.

Andrew Hardwick took the next Nursery driving the Greenway family from Michaelchurch Eskley’s Lady Sunbeam, with Just Hold On (Neville Guilsfield) in second and Grecho (Lloyd Kingswood) third.

In the first heat of the Grade B Andrew Hardwick was again in the winners enclosure this time in partnership with The Red Devil (Greenway Michaelchurch Eskley) from C U Boykin (Hitchcock Haverfordwest) and Master Tom (Owens Shobdon). Chinatown Maori with his owner Roger Jones from Merthyr notched up their first win in the second heat of the Grade B with East of Eden (Pritchard Rhosgoch) claiming second and Blackfield Willy (Barton Clynderwen) third.

The grade A were straight races and they provided a double for the Jones family from Llanllwni, in the first Debbie Hitchcock propelled Meadowbranch Mike over the line in front of the much improved Obi-wan-kenobi (Williams Llanafan) with Believe (Pritchard Rhosgoch) in third. In the second race Joe Knox steered Serenity passed the post ahead of the back marker Scoobys Dream (Lloyd Kington) while Saunders Playboy (Pritchard Rhosgoch) was third.

Three straight races in the Novices has had a big effect on the Penybont card for Wednesday as two of the winners came off the back and so now move up into the Grade B. In the first this year’s ‘high flyer’ Highbrooks Impress (Probert Merthyr) defied his handicap and claimed first prize from the improving Bon Hasty (Collingwood Huntington) with Brywins Snowflake (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) in third. Fold Eventful (Perks Presteigne) took the second Novice as he and Joe Knox sped from the gate to dictate the race, in second was Sunnyside Geoff (Williams Brecon) with The Crusader (Greenway Michaelchurch Eskley) in third. Wellfield Inspired (Griffiths Pontardawe) with Mel Langford in the seat were the victors in the third Novice so earning a place in open racing with Ithon Ghost (Wellings Ludlow) on his first appearance this season was second and Cross Current (Sisto Ammanford) was third.

The large open track again contributed to a win for a back marker as Nimbles Dream (Lloyd Kington), took the first Baby Novice race from another back marker Merefield Jack (Broome Ludlow) while Charlie Penlan (Lloyd Painscastle) claimed third. Twenty yard was no handicap for Durham Direct and his owner Austin Hughes from Builth as they were victorious in the second Baby Novice, from one time neighbour Andrew Bevan with the family’s Ithon Hope and Sable Sam (Tromans Newcastle Emlyn). So as two Novices move into the Grade B so two Baby Novices move up into the Novice section.

After a fall in the Junior race, the re-run was reduced to two runners, however there was still plenty of excitement as Ryan Walters from Ludlow who has been in the Junior classes for several years without a win claimed his first victory with the in form Wellfield Inspired (Griffiths Pontardawe) and David Lloyd from Kington failed to inspire the family’s Boomshakalakka and so had to settle for second place.

The Grade B Final gave Brecon contract worker, Andrew Hardwick another win on the willing horse belonging to the Greenway family from Michaelchurch Eskley, The Red Devil in front of the homebred East of Eden (Pritchard Rhosgoch) and the popular grey Alpine Heights (Davies Kington).

The Non-winners Free For All had to be re-run after a mishap, but this did not diminish the excitement and it was the little chestnut Believe and her owner Derek Pritchard from Rhosgoch who stopped the clock in just under 2 mins 2 secs for the measured mile, chased home by the Novice Tricksters Dream (Flint Porthcawl) with Bon Bethan (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey), three mares taking the top places.

The final race of the day was the Free For All, the race which the crowd had come to see, it proved to be the fastest race of the day as the local ‘wonder horse’ Scoobys Dream (Lloyd Kington) with Lee Morris on board knocked 4 hundredths of a second off Believe’s ‘unbelievable’ time Saunders Playboy (Believe’s training partner) and Derek Pritchard from Rhosgoch were second while Vodka Express (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) were third.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Beacon Sorcerer Gate £0
2 Ithon Gift Gate £0
3 Greenhill Ani Gate £0
4 Hyar Temptation Gate £0
5 Precious Cargo Gate £0
Time: 2.140

Race 2 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Glan Marie Gate £0
2 Bon Hasty 20 £0
3 Big Harry Gate £0
4 Immortal Ellie Gate £0
5 Habberley Mayday Gate £0
Time: 2.151

Race 3 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lady Sunbeam Gate £0
2 Just Hold On Gate £0
3 Grecho Gate £0
4 Galaxy B Gate £0
5 Pilsbury Lady Gate £0
6 Tommy The Dealer Gate £0
Time: 2.158

Race 4 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Nimbles Dream 20 £100
2 Merefield Jack 20 £40
3 Charlie Penlan 10 £20
4 Murray 10 £0
5 Glan Martini Gate £0
6 A And As Beauty 20 £0
7 Hafod Grace 10 £0
8 Overland Gate £0
Time: 2.067

Race 5 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Durham Direct 20 £100
2 Ithon Hope 20 £40
3 Sable Sam 10 £20
4 Dragon Penlan Gate £0
5 Blackies Boy Gate £0
6 Duggans Angel 10 £0
7 Seren Penlan 20 £0
Time: 2.079

Race 6 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Highbrooks Impress 20 £150
2 Bon Hasty Gate £40
3 Brywins Snowflake 10 £20
4 Radnor Chips Gate £0
5 Razzle Dazzle Gate £0
6 Tricksters Dream 20 £0
Time: 2.072

Race 7 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fold Eventful Gate £150
2 Sunnyside Geoff 20 £40
3 The Crusader Gate £20
4 Aberelan 10 £0
5 Boomshakalakka 20 £0
Time: 2.080

Race 8 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Wellfield Inspired 20 £150
2 Ithon Ghost Gate £40
3 Cross Current 10 £20
4 Fold American 10 £0
Time: 2.076

Race 9 - Grade B H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 The Red Devil Gate £30
2 C U Boykin Gate £0
3 Master Tom Gate £0
4 Clares Own 10 £0
5 Duggans Domino Gate £0
Time: 2.099

Race 10 - Grade B H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Chinatown Maori Gate £30
2 East of Eden Gate £0
3 Blackfield Willy Gate £0
4 Alpine Heights 10 £0
5 Glan Master Gate £0
Time: 2.058

Race 11 - Grade B Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 The Red Devil Gate £300
2 East of Eden Gate £50
3 Alpine Heights 10 £30
4 Clares Own 10 £0
5 Chinatown Maori Gate £0
6 C U Boykin Gate £0
7 Blackfield Willy Gate £0
8 Master Tom Gate £0
Time: 2.048

Race 12 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Meadowbranch Mike Gate £200
2 Obi Wan Kenobi Gate £40
3 Bellieve 10 £20
4 Bon Bethan Gate £0
5 Ithon Ace Gate £0
6 Wellfield Xpense Gate £0
7 Merrington Man 30 £0
8 Blackfield Buddy Gate £0
Time: 2.031

Race 13 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Serenity 20 £200
2 Scoobys Dream 50 £40
3 Saunders Playboy 20 £20
4 Ithon Eagle Gate £0
5 Carl Hall Gate £0
6 Classic Day Gate £0
7 Mahogany Duke 20 £0
8 Vodka Express 30 £0
Time: 2.046

Race 14 - Junior
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Wellfield Inspired 10 £20
2 Boomshakalakka 10 £10
F Aberelan Gate £0
Time: 2.043

Race 15 - FFA Non Winners
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bellieve Gate £150
2 Tricksters Dream Gate £50
3 Bon Bethan Gate £25
4 Wellfield Xpense Gate £0
5 Scarlet Lady Gate £0
6 Carl Hall Gate £0
7 Ithon Eagle Gate £0
PU Brywins Snowflake Gate £0
F Mahogany Duke Gate £0
Time: 2.015

Race 16 - FFA
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Scoobys Dream Gate £150
2 Saunders Playboy Gate £50
3 Vodka Express Gate £25
4 Meadowbranch Mike Gate £0
5 Ithon Ace Gate £0
Time: 2.014