Local riders take the South Pool honours

PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:10 09 August 2010

148 race riders after the presentation at Buckfastleigh

148 race riders after the presentation at Buckfastleigh

Local riders took the honours at the first point to point pony races of the season at Buckfastleigh.

Local riders took the honours at the first point to point pony races of the season at Buckfastleigh. After a false start in the 138 race, Bronze Lawrance and Talponciau Perfect Print ridden by cousins Hannah Welch (from Totnes) and Barnaby Treneer (Buckfastleigh) fought out the finish with Bronze Lawrance getting the verdict. The field was closely bunched behind with Welsh visitor Oscar (Rob Williams) third. Anna Wotton on Fudge was the first South Pool qualified pony past the post, and Fudge certainly looked like he has been trained up for racing this year. Michael Treneer came of worst in the false start on his first pony race ride as Solo Breeze took a bit of pulling up, but he gave the pony, who had had a hard day's hunting the day before, a great ride.

The start of the 138 race was moved forward to alongside the third point to point fence due to the soft ground, but the 148s stayed back towards the bungalow.

Bryony Frost's (from Buckfastleigh) tactics gave her the edge in the 148 race, getting Tarka home a length ahead of Connor Flint on Alongcomebell, Flint's pony having its first ever race. In a field of nine runners, both dominated the betting market starting joint 6/4 favourites.

The Flint family got up at 3am to see to their livestock and horses before making the long trip down from Wales. Chloe Grove was just behind in third on Flareon. It is good to see some Cornish riders now taking part but one of them, Jess Twentyman, thought she was not going to make it when they had a puncture with their horsebox near Saltash. They also had a point to pointer on board and a quick ring round of other Cornish trainers on their way to Buckfastleigh saw them manage to hitch a lift and get both to the track.

Laura Horsley from the East Cornwall hunt, was having her first ride and did well, finishing fifth and is looking forward to the Mid Devon next weekend which she would have missed had it not been postponed due to frost. Mum Sue explained: "The pony hit its eye in the morning and it swelled up so we had to pull out last weekend!"

Many thanks to Blackburn Metals who sponsored the races.

Don't forget the Mid devon pony races take place on Saturday, February 13. Distances for the races there are 138 seven and a quarter furlongs; 148 10 and a third furlongs.

South Pool at Buckfastleigh, going soft.

138: 1, Bronze Lawrance, Hannah Welch, 2, Talponciau Perfect Print, Barnaby Treneer; 3, Oscar, Rob Williams; 4, Bejowans Bouquet, Heidi Lewis; 5, Fudge, Anna Wotton; 6, Michael Treneer, Solo Breeze. Six ran, 5l, 6l, 1.38 mins.

148s: 1, Tarka, Bryony Frost; 2, Alongcomebell, Connor Flint; 3, Flareon, Chloe Grove; 4, Ivory Girl, Henry Armstrong; 5, Tommy's Girl, Jordon Williams; 6, Adrian Pride, Laura Horsley; 7, The Fairy Tinkerbell, Jess Twentyman; 8, Ginger Biscuit, Heidi Lewis; 9, Vadlawalkover, Hannah Welch. Nine ran: 1l, 3l, 1.52.

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