Belvoir at Garthorpe 2016 - report

Gina Ellis (GRAND GOLD)

The Belvoir meeting at Garthorpe provided good racing on challenging ground, including a treble for Gina Andrews, a double for Tom Chatfeild-Roberts and his family and a double for the Bealby yard.

The PPORA Club Members Race for Novice Riders was the day's opener and produced a convincing winner for Numbercruncher. Owner/rider David O'Brien had made the trip over from his base at J.J. O'Shea's yard in Cheshire to qualify for the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Novice Riders Series Final back at Garthorpe on 8th May. The winner finished a distance ahead of Lake Legend (A. Stevens) with Pebbleglen a length third.

L'Eldorado was the first of Tom Chatfeild-Roberts winners of the afternoon, in the Garthorpe Hunts Club Members Race, where he beat Tulsa (S. Davies-Thomas) by 17 lengths, with Bravehearted Harry back in third. The winner was returning to racing after over a year off, having last won at Thorpe in 2014. "I adore this horse," Chris Bealby told me. "I've had him ten years and he's the only horse I've ever trained to have won a bumper, a hurdle race and a chase. Antonia gave him the once over yesterday, as she does with all our runners, and told me he's the best he's ever been." They will target the Members race at the Quorn meeting for their next run.

The Connolly's Red Mills Precision Nutrition Intermediate Race provided the first real drama of the afternoon. Kelly Morgan and Tom Jackson's exciting Agent For Chaos, which went off as favourite, was looking for an impressive three-in-a-row having won its maiden and restricted races at the first attempt. He hit the front with half a lap to go and built an impressive lead before making a mistake at the second last and unseating jockey Sam Davies-Thomas. This handed Gina Andrews and Katkolys an easy victory with The Master Remover (C.Buckle) a distant third. Winning Trainer Stuart Morris was unsure about whether they would run in the Intermediate Final at Cheltenham without another good run in between. "He's coming back from two years out and I think he will improve with another run", he told me.

Gina Andrews enjoyed a second win in the next race, the Mixed Open, as she piloted 7-year-old favourite Grand Gold to victory by 2 lengths from Panama Canal and Tom Strawson. This became a tactical race as the three runners covered the first two miles at a very steady pace, unwilling to make the running on holding ground. When the push finally came we enjoyed a fast finish but the overall race time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds tells a story.

Gina Andrews (SAMARNNI) beats Rory Bevin (FOR A CHANGE) by a short head.
Gina Andrew (SAMARNNI) beats Rory Bevin (FOR A CHANGE) by a short head.

The Andrews treble swiftly followed in the Restricted race as Samarnni edged a great finish by a short head. Family concern For A Change, ridden by Rory Bevin was the unlucky second. Winning co-owner Trevor Bourne was over the moon. "An accomplished jockey has won that one for us," he grinned. "Gina's been doing a lot of work with his jumping," trainer Tom Ellis told me, "but when I worked him earlier in the week he felt fantastic so we knew he would be there or thereabouts." The Chatfeild-Roberts' Our Milly Acres was 6 lengths behind the first two.

The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Club Members Race for Mares and Fillies was another slow race but it eventually went to the top-rated She's Real, giving Tom Chatfeild-Roberts his first double. The Helen Connors-trained mare is half-sister to Real Milan, previously trained by Don McCain and now winning Point-to-Points. She was having her first run after some time off and proved that she was back to some form. "I was a little concerned," Connors told me, "because it has been a long break and I wasn't sure how well she would go, but she's a good jumper and when Tom asked for more she responded." Kimora (J. Sole) was three lengths behind in second and Watney's Way (C. Buckle) five lengths behind in third.

Tom Chatfeild-Roberts (SHE'S REAL) on his way to winning the Mares and Fillies race
Tom Chatfeild-Roberts (SHE'S REAL) on his way to winning the Mares and Fillies race

The final race of the day provided the biggest field, with 17 lining up for the Open Maiden race. The race was won by The Bay Oak, owned by Helen Connors, trained by Chris Bealby and ridden by Tom Strawson. Gina Andrews and Fizzlestix were in second, with Virgo The First in third. The Bay Oak was found for Helen by Bridget Speirs, but due to an injury at the time she ended up buying him unseen. "I had absolutely no expectations of him," said Helen. "He isn't flashy in work but clearly rises to the occasion and I'm just pleased to see them both back safe and sound."

We are all now looking forward to the next Midlands Pointing meeting, the Woodland Pytchley meeting at Dingley on Saturday. A preview will be published tomorrow and entries listed on Wednesday. Keep up with going reports on where you can also by e-tickets for the meeting.

Recent Posts

14th February 2024
Cottesmore point-to-point breaks new ground for 2024

The Cottesmore Point-to-point is making a few changes for this season’s event, which takes place at Garthorpe Racecourse in Leicestershire on Sunday 25th February. The Mixed Open race, fourth on the card, will have a £1000 first prize on offer, kindly sponsored by chartered accountants Saffery. There will be no penalties for previous wins, a […]

14th February 2024
Notes on Schooling Races/SchoolingTrials

Garthorpe has just run a couple of very successful schooling races/trials at the end of the race day, and more may appear at future fixtures in the area.  The Point-to-Point Authority treats Schooling Trials according to PPAGI 1- Race Framing Appendices 6 and 7.  In effect they are like Charity races/Hunt scurries, which need clearance […]

12th February 2024
Brocklesby Point-to-Point 2024 - Report

Over an inch of rain fell during the two days prior to the meeting turning the ground to “soft, heavy in places,” whilst stamina was to the fore and all race times were close to 7 minutes, the track rode very well. The weather was mild for February and dry on the day leading to a large crowd enjoying the competitive racing. With Revesby […]

6th February 2024
Brocklesby Point-to-Point 2024 - Preview

The Brocklesby Point to Point races take place at Brocklesby Park on Saturday by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Yarborough. 86 entries have been taken for the 7-race card starting at 12 noon. Entrance is £15 per person with under 16’s free, payment by cash or card. At the beginning of the […]

6th February 2024
Fier Jaguen reigns supreme at Melton Hunt Club

The annual Melton Hunt Club fixture at Garthorpe included one of the highest class Mens Open fields in recent years, won in dominant form by Cheltenham hunter chase winner Fier Jaguen and Bradley Gibbs. In doing so they registered the 9th win from their last twelve starts and set up a double on the day […]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram