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British pointers rewarding their backers

  • Posted: Tuesday, 10th July 2018
  • Author: Carl Evans
  • Photo: Carl Evans

Horses who have been running in British point-to-points have been rewarding their backers at meetings under Rules over the past 48 hours.

At Market Rasen on Sunday there was a 6/1 success for the Peter Winks-trained Agentleman, who landed a 13-runner handicap chase having finished second in two previous chases. The eight-year-old made no impression while running in northern point-to-points last season, but a drop back to two miles has seen him in a different light.

On the same card the reigning Fuller's women's champion, Gina Andrews (pictured above), landed the lady riders' handicap hurdle on the James Eustace-trained Captain Felix (6/1).

In the maiden hurdle at Worcester yesterday there was a 50/1 victory for Well Said, who was ridden by former champion novice point-to-point rider Sean Bowen for his father, Peter. Well Said ran three times in points last season for Rachel Bryan when ridden by Sean's cousin, Peter Bryan, and finished third at Edgcote early last month.

Play The Ace, who won three point-to-points for Andrew Pennock in the 2015/16 season, landed a handicap chase at Worcester under another former novice champion, Sean's brother James. Play The Ace (17/2), who has now won eight races for current trainer Peter Bowen, beat Rockinrolldixie (33/1), who was ridden by the recently-crowned Fuller's men's champion point-to-point rider Alex Edwards.

Rockinrolldixie won twice last point-to-point season for trainer Diana Ralph, including under Edwards at Bredwardine in May.

At Uttoxeter today the maiden hurdle (8.00) includes two horses whose latest run was a winning one in UK point-to-points. An Scairp scored at Kingston Blount for Hannah Mahon's stable when ridden by Ally Stirling, while Desert Retreat won at Garthorpe under James King, and has since switched from Alan Hill's yard to that of his wife, Lawney.

Jockeys David Bass (An Scairp) and Nick Scholfield (Desert Retreat), both former point-to-point riders, will be in the saddle.