13 April 2012 Report: South Pembrokeshire - Lydstep
by Amanda Meakins
Organising an outdoor event is never easy and for the South Pembrokeshire Hunt Point-to-Point Races on Easter Monday the much needed rainfall after a dry March came on the wrong day. Despite the weather spirits remained high and those who braved the day enjoyed good racing.
Wayne Maskill is enjoying his best season to date and easily extended his lead in the Area Novice Riders Championship aboard Kingspark Boy in the opening Members Race. The five-year-old gelding owned by Ludchurch resident Eric Clough has now won his last two starts.
If the gambling public only knew that this was the start of a trend the bookmakers would have closed their books as all of the following six races saw the winning silverware make its way to a South Pembrokeshire or Pembrokeshire sideboard.
Meeting secretary Jan Mathias had the disappointment of a wet day pushed away to one side when Misamon, the horse she joint owns with Trevor Nicholas and trained by her son John, not only put up the most determined effort under Tenby's Charlotte Evans to out battle Hannah Lewis and Cannon Bridge to win by a length, but also in the fastest time of the day in the Ladies Open Race.
John, in his more familiar role of jockey, himself rode three winners at the meeting, firstly aboard David Llewellyn's Rosies Peacock, in the Mens Open Race. Despite some untidy jumping coming up Lydstep Hill the final time, win number 10 of the nine-year-old gelding's career was never in doubt with 20 lengths to spare over his nearest rival Iron Man & Michael Bowen. Mathias' other two winners came courtesy of his Clarbeston Road based employer, owner/trainer Dai Rees, whose Superman De La Rue (Intermediate race ) and Three Shook Men (Restricted race ), both made light work of the conditions and their rivals, their winning margins the same, recording a distance over their nearest pursuer.
At the start of the season trainer Marc Barber expressed his satisfaction with the young bunch of Maiden horses he had in his care and that promise is now bearing fruit with both Maiden race winners hailing from his yard. Ridden by Marc's brother Matthew, Minella Break showed plenty of speed to quicken away from Allstar Night and John Mathias in the 2m4f Maiden race, with Kimora in the 3m Maiden Race battling on gamely to repel the challenge of Duke Of Croatia, again seeing Mathias in runner-up spot.
The Lydstep workforce now has this short week to get the track back into shape for Sunday's (the 14th) West Wales Area Club Meeting, but the experienced team of workers have it well in hand.
Start time is 2pm with pony racing to follow the main meeting.
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