Brocklesby - 11th Feb - Report

The Brocklesby point- to- point races took place at Brocklesby park on Saturday 11 th February with a good turnout of 42 runners from an entry of 96 declared to line up to contest the 7 races on a beautiful early spring day with the going officially declared as “good”. A large crowd was in
attendance and a party in the bar went on into the evening.

The opening Brocklesby and Lincolnshire hunt members, subscribers and farmers race kindly
sponsored by Grimsby Roofing Services was a match between Sovereign Gold and Star Present.
On paper, the Francesca Poste trained Sovereign Gold looked the pick of the pair and there was
not much to split them over the 3 miles trip. However, once the race was clearly on in earnest over
the final two fences, it was the Jack Teal ridden and trained Star Present who got the upper hand
on the run in. Star Present, running in the lucky, familiar at Brocklesby, pink and black colours,
carried at least 11 times to victory by owner John Cottingham’ s father Kit’s horses over the years,
that prevailed. The good looking son of Presenting looks likely to be able to continue his run of
good fortune and John Cottingham said that, in keeping with family tradition, he is likely to remain
in point to points rather than diverting to the track. Star Present was sourced from Ireland by Jack
Teal and the runner up Sovereign Gold was piloted by Amber Jackson Fennell who made amends
later on the card.

Training, riding and owning the 8-year-old Get Bye, Amber Jackson Fennell was able to strike at
the last for a clear and decisive victory in the concluding Nunn’s Isuzu Ltd Maiden race to turn the
tables in the final race of the day. Jack Teal, this time partnering Crobally Boy for Paul and Karen
Clifton went down by a length and a half in defeat. The third horse was the five-year-old Lord
Pethers for owner Joanne Callwood and trainer Tom Ellis. Jackson Fennell commenting, on the
fact her horse had reached the age of 8 without breaking his maiden said; “He won’t be for sale;
he has had his problems with ulcers but now we turn him out every day he seems to have turned a
corner.”

Amber Jackson Fennell was bringing up a double on the day in the Maiden having scored in the
earlier Jockey Club Mares and Fillies Maiden on board her own Grenadine Save making her the
leading rider at the meeting. By the fashionable Walk In The Park, the 7 year old mare had been
inconvenienced by the soft ground on her last start, relished the good ground at Brocklesby to get
the better of Alan Hill’s 5 year old Telescope mare Threeunderthree by 3 and a half lengths. “She
found plenty in the home straight and will head for a restricted race next confirmed Amber.” on
walking to weigh in.

Earlier, in the Brigg Office Supplies Restricted race, there was another success for Walk In The
Park when Walkonthewildside followed up his Maiden victory at Revesby with success for the
Docker, Crawford, Hewitt, McKenzie and Spence partnership and trainer Tom Ellis. “I couldn’t
believe how well he was travelling turning in.” said jockey Jack Andrews of the 7 year old, whose
preparations had been hampered by the frosty weather but this did not prevent his decisive victory
over Il Padrino for Louise Bevin and Jack Teal who will surely move to the next grade in the next
few weeks.

The feature race of the day, the Baillie Haylage Mixed Open race, went to the The Unmentionable
trained and ridden by Dale Peters’ for Belvoir farmers Nevelle and Freda Clark. “That’s my first
winner of the season, believe it or not. I kicked from the bend and off he went; he has progressed
from last year.” Said Peters. Both Peters and the Clarks were unsure of where the 10-year-old
might go next but were happy to enjoy the 12 length victory over the Philip Rowley trained
Salvatore.

The conditions races were both popular on the card with a good entry for both events. The Clark
Weightman PPORA Club Members Conditions race produced a good finish between The Whistle
Blower who was prominently and confidently ridden by Paddy Barlow, to get the better of Dale
Peters on the David Kemp trained How To Get Away by a length with Willewonga in third. Owned
by John Wallwin from Cropwell Bishop, the eight-year-old was well suited by the track and kept on
gamely to keep all challengers at bay. The Whistle Blower won his maiden at Brocklesby and will
perhaps be back again next year for the hat trick.

The DDM Agriculture eight year olds and over conditions race was won by the 11-year-old Mr
Snuffles who got back to winning ways for Don Constable and the Shropshire point to point yard of
Laura Richardson. “It’s the best he has ever jumped and he quickened up nicely.” Said jockey
Huw Edwards. Bought from Ireland originally for 800 Euros, connections were unsure of where
their next engagement would be preferring to enjoy the moment instead.

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