Final point to point of season
PUBLISHED: 15:09 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010
THE point-to-point season reaches its conclusion at the Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday and the finale looks set to be one of the best yet.
FINAL POINT-TO-POINT OF THE SEASON Torrington Farmers at Umberleigh, Saturday, June 14THE point-to-point season reaches its conclusion at the Torrington Farmers meeting at Umberleigh on Saturday and the finale looks set to be one of the best yet with long-standing records on the verge of being broken.Polly Gundry, who has an unassailable lead in both the Devon and Cornwall area and national championship, is just one winner away from equalling Polly Curling's record of 40 winners in a season set in 1995. Gundry said: "It would be a great achievement although it is not the be all and end all for me. Polly Curling was always such an idol for me and if I could beat something she achieved it would be fab, but at the moment I'm looking forward to the season ending!"Ross Oliver has three rides for Gundry's team at Umberleigh, including the brilliant veteran Let's Fly who could be retired after the meeting. The 13-year-old is better than ever and Gundry is hoping his well-being could effect the result of the national novice title.Both Gina Andrews and Lucy Jones, who are in joint first place for the championship on eight winners each, are due to ride on Saturday, with Jones riding Fruitful Citizen in the ladies'. Gundry explained: "Jenny Carr, who works for me, is just one winner behind in the title, so I'm hoping Let's Fly will go well enough to beat Fruitful Citizen."Carr has her own Inching West to ride in the maiden and on recent form he has a great chance. However, the 20-year-old, whose memorable season was highlighted by winning the ladies' hunter chase at Stratford on Fleur De Nikos, is hoping she will get some more rides for Saturday. "It's an absolute dream of mine to win this title, but I could do with a couple more rides to help me," she said.Oliver Greenall is another who could find himself in the record books having levelled with Ashley Farrant at Bratton Down on Sunday with 54 winners. Potential rides for the 20-year-old include Pristine Condition, Chorizo, North Island, Crow Spinney and Quoquille des Sacart.Racing kicks off at 2pm with 121 entries making up the six race card and the course will be aggravated if required. Once racing is over, there's the pony racing final takes place which are open to all riders who have been taking part in the series.Organiser Lee Glanville said: ""The prize giving attracts a big crowd at Umberleigh as the area's champion point-to-point riders are acknowledged. There are lots of prizes on offer for the pony races and also being presented will be the Synderborough Farm Ltd Points Trophy and the Alan Walter Horse Transport Trophy, awarded to the rider who has got the most out of the series this season."Once the last race of the season has been run, it will be party time at the north Devon track with a licensed bar to fuel the evening. Secretary Carol Norman said: "It's a wonderful way to end the season and everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us."Entrance is £10 per car and driver, £5 per each additional person up to £20.
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