There was winning delight for two past members of Britain’s point-to-point circuit at Perth races yesterday.
Former northern area men's champion rider Tristan Davidson (pictured above) continued his run of training success when saddling Justatenner to win a three-mile handicap hurdle under Harry Reed, who is another former point-to-point rider, and the son of jockeys' coach Tim Reed. Davidson's Cumbrian string has been in great form this year, and his score now stands at four winners from six runners with his jumpers, and four winners from 10 runners on the Flat. On Sunday at York his Rubenesque was beaten a nose and a neck in a 13-runner handicap.
Davidson told Racing UK's Gordon Brown: "It's been a fantastic season – we just want to keep it going. We've got 15 stables, which is enough if you want to be one-on-one with the horses. We've no plans to expand, but never say 'never'."
Of Justatenner, he said: "He's run well at Cartmel this season [having won twice and been placed once] but today he's shown he's no one-trick pony. We'll keep him going while the weather is like this."
Connor Brace, Britain's reigning Fuller's men's novice champion, got off the mark as a conditional jockey when winning on Mighty Leader (8/1) for his new boss, Fergal O'Brien. Brace, 17, told the Racing Post's course reporter: "It's great to get my first win as a conditional."
The victory came on Brace's eighth ride since joining the professional ranks. Last season, his first in pointing after numerous successes in pony racing, he rode 21 winners, plus another two in hunters' chases.