Driving finish at Upcott Cross

PUBLISHED: 22:28 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:11 09 August 2010

Up and coming riders were to the fore at the South Tetcott point to point pony races at Upcott Cross.

Up and coming riders were to the fore at the South Tetcott point to point pony races at Upcott Cross. While the 138 races have been dominated by Bronze Lawrence (Hannah Welch) this season, who recorded his ninth win on the bounce, much of the early running was made by John Dalton-Morgan on his fast improving Little Ness, who eventually finished third, overhauled only by the winner and second placed Talponciau Perfect Print (Barnaby Treneer). Hannah rode a good race here, and, for the first time, did not dominate from the outset.

Jake Bament, also a rider who will come into his own next season, rode a well judged race on Ginger Wizard and had to wait for the judge to find out if he had beaten Megan Lawrence on Diptford Melika. It was Megan's first time out at a point to point pony race, her only previous experience having been the Wylye Valley pony club race day at Wincanton. Diptford Melika, on the other hand, has been seen out previously when she was the mount of Victoria Sleep.

And in the 148s Chester Williams took the race by the scruff of its neck on Clover Jess and turned it into a stamina test. He was 10 lengths ahead on the top corner and only failed to hold off the experienced Bryony Frost on Tarka by skinny looking half a length in a driving finish.

Henry Armstrong rode his best race of the season on his good mare Ivory Girl to take third and Theo Gillard - having his first race ride - finished fourth on his five-year-old Hawkfield Flyer, having travelled from Sherborne in Dorset. While Theo won't qualify to race in the finals, due to living outside the Devon and Cornwall point to point area, we hope to see him racing with us next season.

As the commentator pointed out - you just start to think you know what a pony racer should be and one springs up to change all that. Clover Jess was originally Chester's sister's showjumping and was in fact at a showjumping competition the previous day. The mare is a real all-rounder and even has been know to act as a 'nanny' to the Williams' racehorses when travelling.

Results: 138: 1, Bronze Lawrence, Hannah Welch; 2, Talponciau Perfect Print, Barnaby Treneer; 3, Little Ness, John Dalton-Morgan; 4, Ginger Wizard, Jake Bament, 6, Clonageera Maybe, Donald Comer-Calder. 10 ran, 5l, 15l 1.44.

148: 1, Tarka, Bryony Frost; 2, Clover Jess, Chester Williams; 3, Ivory Girl, Henry Armstrong; 4, Hawkfield Flyer, Theo Gillard, 5, Annie IV, Hannah Welch; 6, Poppy, Ben Price. Seven ran, 1/2l, 10l, 1.56.

Current championship standings BronzeLawrence (138) 90; Talponciau Perfect Print (138) 83; Bejowan's Bouquet, Heidi Lewis (138) 64; Flareon (148) 62; Clover Jess (148) 54; Annie IV (148) 51; Tarka (148) 47; Fudge (138) 41, Little Ness (138) 36.

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