JACK Greenall and David Easterby teamed up for a double at the South Wold Point-to-Point at Brocklesby Park, where 44 runners contested the seven races on ground officially described as ‘good’.
The first leg of the double came in the Richard Sanderson Open Maiden race, where the eight year old Quilver Tatou went half a length clear of Mark Barthorpe’s Anamcqueen and Johnny Bailey on the run in.
“He didn’t get home at Charm Park and we began to think he didn’t stay,” said Jack Greenall, 23, the winning owner and rider, who was taught to ride by David Easterby at the relatively late age of 18.
Greenall and Easterby only had to wait 35 minutes for their second winner. This time it was the turn of odds-on favourite Oedipe in the Melton Mowbray Market Midlands Area Club Members Race for novice riders. Greenall had Oedipe three lengths clear turning into the home straight and the pair went on to beat The Hairy Lemon and Lucy Saunders by six lengths.
Oedipe and The Hairy Lemon are now qualified to run in the £1,000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Novice Riders Series Final at Tabley on Sunday, May 20.
Another London-based rider was in the winner’s enclosure after the Gleadell Agriculture Ltd Confined Hunts race. This time it was Nick Docker, an accountant for Lloyds Bank, who got Mendo home half a length clear of Mark Barthorpe’s other runner Alflora Dora. Mendo, who is owned by Nick’s mother, Ann, joined the stable just six weeks ago.
This was Nick’s first ride of the season, but he has been keeping fit by returning home to ride out or hunt with the Pytchley each weekend.
Lucy Saunders had to settle for second place again in the AGA Ladies Open race, a qualifier for the £7,500 AGA Ladies Open Point to Point Championship Final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on May 2.
The winner, Billyvoddan and Jane Williams, were clear two fences out and won by three lengths. Owner Juliet Minton said that Billyvoddan will aim for the AGA final now.
The D & M Barthorpe Men’s Open race saw 19-year-old Tom McClorey record his first winner. McClorey and the grey former chaser Arnold Layne beat Ollie Greenall and the even-money favourite Valance by three lengths.
The odds-on favourite My Dads Horse was an easy five-length winner, beating three rivals, in the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Race. This race was a qualifier for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate final at Cheltenham in May. My Dads Horse is owned by William and Angela Rucker and trained by Sheila Crow, who reported the track at Brocklesby had really suited the gelding.
Pete Mann recorded his second win of the season on his mother Jo’s six-year-old Midnight King in the final race, the Everard Engineering Ltd Restricted Race.
“He made a mistake three out but cruised into the race after that,” said Mann. The second horse, The Tinkerater, was making his seasonal debut and ran well for the Jumpingforfun Partnership and Marty Mulhall.
Ollie Greenall added his second place on Valance in the Men’s Open to the three winners he rode at the Brocklesby meeting. This made him the leading rider at Brocklesby Park in 2012 and he was presented with the Lilian Pickering Perpetual Challenge Trophy by Wendy Forman after the last race.
The next meeting in the Midlands Area is the Belvoir Point-to-Point at Garthorpe this Saturday, March 24, with the first race at 1.30pm.