A Grand ride for jockey Matt

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ANOTHER Grand, trained at Nettleton Top near Caistor, provided a local success at the South Wold Point-to-Point at Brocklesby Park on Saturday.

The win came in the Richard Sanderson Open Maiden race, which was divided on the day due to the high number of horses declared to run.

Another Grand’s previous outing at Brocklesby Park ended when he was carried out by a loose horse, but on this occasion there was no such bad luck and the four-year-old, ridden by Matt Stanley, was prominent throughout the race, winning by three lengths.

Twenty-year-old Matt was enjoying his first winner and was returning following a spell on the sidelines with a broken collarbone.

Another Grand was acquired by trainer Oliver Williams out of Ruth Carr’s yard and relished the going, officially described as “good”.

Danny Ablott from North Kelsey received the Lincolnshire Motors Perpetual Challenge Cup on behalf of The Folk From The Shire winning partnership, as this was the faster division of the race.

There was a case of déjà vu in division two of the Maiden race since the winner, Oojar, was first past the post last year but was later disqualified for testing positive for a banned substance.

Jockey Guy Brewer had Oojar at the head of affairs for much of the race and beat the four-year-old debutant Rendl Beach by three lengths.

Jockey Matt Stanley looked like he might ride a double on Harlaxton in the Midlands Area Club Members Race for Novice Riders sponsored by Melton Mowbray Market.

This time, riding for employer Antonia Bealby, Stanley had Harlaxton well placed but could not match the strong winning run from Teeton Dazzler and Lizzie Harris, who were winning for the second time this season.

Jenny Garley trains Teeton Dazzler for his breeder Joan Tice. The favourite in this race was Christy Beamish who finished third, but reportedly broke a blood vessel.

Johnny Bailey rode a double, starting with Judy Wilson’s Coolefind in the D & M Barthorpe Men’s Open race.

This game 13-year-old held off the attentions of Finney, who challenged at the last, to win by two lengths. Winning trainer Stuart Morris said the better ground and flat track had really suited the horse.

In the following race Bailey teamed up with Galway Jack, trained by his father Gerald for Margaret Moody. Bailey senior was not present, having gone to saddle runners at Uttoxter.

However, Johnny was clearly impressed with Galway Jack, who beat Dark Moon by four lengths.

“He’s a proper horse” he said on dismounting from Galway Jack, who won in the fastest time of the day. These two winners put Bailey in the lead for the D & M Barthorpe Leading Gentleman Rider Championship in the Midlands Area.

Gemma Hutchinson, currently the leading lady rider, added to her tally in the Gleadell Agriculture Confined Hunts race, winning on Wild As The Wind.

This horse is owned by mother Susan and trained by her father Patrick. Wild As The Wind tracked the leaders and made up ground after the ditch on the second circuit to beat Trust Fund and Toby Greenall by five lengths.

Gemma was fancied to follow up with course winner Mendo in the AGA Ladies’ Open race, but was unseated.

Four horses went to post, but it was just the diminutive Eliza Doalott who came home alone under Freya Brewer.

The day ended with a popular win for South Wold chairman Mark Barthorpe with Alflora Dora in the Restricted race sponsored by Foster and Grant.

Following the two meetings at Brocklesby Park there were three riders with two winners each; Gemma Hutchinson, Johnny Bailey and Tom Ellis. However, Tom Ellis also had a third placing on Point Proven in the Men’s Open race.

Lilian Pickering presented The Lilian Pickering Perpetual Challenge Trophy to Tom Ellis as the leading rider at Brocklesby Park in 2011. Tom is in top form at the moment having won a Hunter Chase on Enigma Variations at Fakenham on Friday

The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Belvoir Point-to-Point at Garthorpe this Saturday, March 26, first race 1.30pm.