Gundry takes seventh national point to point title

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:41 15 June 2010

RICHARD Woollacott and Polly Gundry were crowned the Devon and Cornwall area champions at Umberleigh on Saturday, with Gundry retaining the national title, after six action packed races.

RICHARD Woollacott and Polly Gundry were crowned the Devon and Cornwall area champions at Umberleigh on Saturday, with Gundry retaining the national title, after six action packed races. Tom Greenall became the new national male champion and, after a nail-biting finish, 22-year-old Alice Pearn gained the area novice title, with Matt Griffiths taking the male equivalent.Going into the meeting, Pearn was neck and neck with Becky Barnett for the championship but a win in the opening confined hunts race, where she rode well for a one length win on King Georges, secured her the title. "I'm delighted," said Pearn who will now work for Richard Woollacott having finished her studies at Cirencester. "We were a bit unsure of whether to run him, but in the end he was always going well."A three hour journey from Ledbury paid off for trainer John Taylor and owner Brian Parsons after Alexander Musical won the restricted race ridden by Geoff Barfoot-Saunt.North Cotswold-qualified Fifty Yearson made virtually all the running to win the men's open under Nick Slatter with odds-on favourite Wantage Road, ridden by Jake Greenall, finishing ten lengths back in third.Another horse who remained at the head of affairs throughout the race was Secret Glen who took the ladies' open under Polly Gundry.Ollie Greenall reached a landmark in his career as an amateur when scoring his 100th winner on the David Easterby-trained Intense Suspense, a long odds on shot who easily won the intermediate race. Greenall will now forge a new career in the professional ranks.Quantock's Lastbrat took the final race of the 2008-2009 season when winning the maiden under Mark Wall and giving Georgina Langley her first ever winner as a trainer in the process.l Devon and Cornwall Area Award Winners 2009Champion Gentleman: Richard Woollacott; Champion Lady: Polly Gundry; Leading Male and Females Novice: Matt Griffiths and Alice PearnLeading Owner: Reg Hand; Leading Veteran: Neil Harris; Leading Horse: The Boss Roche; Leading Mare: Wee Fly.Leading Novice Horse: Bishy Barnaby, Gemgaballou and Karley; Leading Veteran: Paddy The Piper; Leading Owner/Breeder: David Congdon (Jaunty Janner); Leading owner/rider gaining most points on one horse: Mandy Hand on Paddy The Piper; Leading owner/trainer/rider resident in area: Mandy Hand.Rider gaining most points at one meeting: Polly Gundry at the Modbury Harriers meeting at Flete Park (4 wins); Winning rider of the horse with longest official starting price: Darren Edwards (Kitley Hassle at the Silverton meeting at Black Forest Lodge 33-1). The Devon and Cornwall area point to point dinner takes place on July 10 at the Holiday Inn, Plymouth. Tickets Lucy Johnson. 07866 497976. l Wessex Area Roll of honourSponsored by Vixen Horsefeeds Leading Owners: 1=, Mr P Maltby (Rye Brook); Mr & Mrs K Snook (Tyneham) - 37pts;3, Mr W Dupont & Mrs A Tory (Trade Off) - 36pts.Leading Gentleman Rider: 1, Sam Allwood - 59pts; 2, Ryan Bliss - 39pts; 3, Jimmy Derham - 34pts.Leading Lady Rider: 1, Charlotte Tizzard - 49pts; 2, Rachael Green - 44pts; 3, Rilly Goschen - 28pts.Leading Novice Rider: 1, Matt Griffiths - 31pts; 2, Robbie Henderson - 17pts; 3, Giles Hawkins - 16pts. A new venue beckons for the annual Wessex dinner and dance on Friday, September 25. The awards will be presented at Haselbury Mill at Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne, Somerset. Further information and tickets from 01460 74943 (email: sarah@peckmoor.com).

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