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2 more Qualifiers and all eyes on the Final in the PPORA Novice Riders’ Series Final – entries here!


The last of this season’s Qualifiers….

With three Qualifiers planned for last weekend, two went ahead at Guilsborough and Tabley, with the third at the abandoned Seavington meeting succumbing to yet more heavy rain.

At Guilsborough six went to post, and it was 16 year old Tristan Durrell, who works for Dan Skelton,  who was legged up on the winner Kashmir Peak.  Previously trained by Dan, and now by Nick Pearce Kashmir Peak has proved a great schoolmaster for aspiring riders working for Dan, and giving Willie Marshall his first ride last season, Nikki Stubbs her first win this season (and a follow up too!).

Tristan’s smile lit up the winner’s enclosure where he was greeted by a huge cheer on his return,    Stylish in the saddle, his confident ride earned him the  Pytchley Hunt Novice Ride of the Day Award, and he looks a newcomer to follow as he works towards his ambition of turning Conditional in the future.  Read more about Tristan and Kashmir Peak by clicking here for the full story

At Tabley  three went to post, and with the early exist of Saqil  who unseated his trainer-rider Ffion Giddings at the second fence, the race was left to  be decided between Mister Splodge (Harry Myddelton) and Roskeen Boy (Ella Giddings).  Always in command, Mister Splodge looked unthreatened throughout finishing 16l ahead of his pursuer.

Given to Harry’s father Guy, by his aunt Sarah Brotherton, as a schoolmaster for Harry, Mr Splodge has more than filled the brief getting Harry off the mark on his first attempt at Bangor-on-Dee last year, and providing two further successes this term.  Added to these are a win onboard Open Hearted giving Harry a strike rate of 50% with 4 wins from 8 rides.

A student at Malvern College where he’s taking A’Levels in Business, Geography and Photography, Harry’s opportunities to ride are limited,  but whenever he’s at home he rides out for Oliver Greenall and has also ridden on the Flat for his father.  Looking ahead he is also aiming to obtain his  Cat B as soon as possible. 

Another rider to emerge from the Pony Racing ranks – “it’s a great way to start out” – Harry has no hesitation when asked what it is that appeals about race riding “going flat out across a field and flying over the jumps – it’s great fun”  he says.


Looking ahead to the Final…

Eyes are now firmly set on the Quorn’s Garthorpe Meeting next Sunday, where this season’s Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ Series Champion will be decided.  An entry of 11 with several well matched contenders – with no less than 14 wins and multiple first three placings between them –  looks set to produce an exciting race with no foregone conclusions.  The riders’ tally for the season include a total of 19 wins and numerous placings. with 5 jockeys looking to get off the mark in Sunday’s race.

One notable absentee from the field is John and Bronwen Aprahamian’s Bayley’s Dream, a Dual Qualifier winner, who was ruled out of the contest by his rider Billy’s commitments as a serving military officer.

Included in the entries are William Money 5 wins this season, L’Eldorado and Robin De Boss who have three wins each, Subtitle a dual winner , and Ballybough Gorta a winner of one, this term.  But there are plenty of others with solid chances making the likely outcome impossible to call with any certainty.   With a £1000 prize fund – £600 to the winner and prize money to 5th place – there’s all to play for on Sunday and we  are looking forward to an exciting race


Horses & Rider Entries are:

Ardkilly Witness – family owned, trained and ridden by Tim and Will Thirlby he’s been consistently placed in good company this season, including third place behind Thetalkinghorse and Facile Bien in a very competitive Men’s Open at Gathorpe in February

Aupcharlie from the highly respected Philip Rowley yard, showed himself in good form on his seasonal debut when running a good race to finish second at Chaddesley Corbett for rider Michaela Tallett last weekend.

Ballybough Gorta – from Alan Hill’s yard this horse has proven to be a good schoolmaster for  Noah Bragz, placed third twice at the end of 2017, the partnership got the better of Midnight Cowboy and Tim Gredley at Higham earlier this month.

Kyle’s Faith – comes  to the race a fresh horse having not run since the end of January.  Trained by Fran Nimmo he’s bidding to give his rider David Tompkins a first win,

L’Eldorado  – trained by Chris Bealby and ridden by Meisha Micklewright – a three time winner from 4 runs this season.

Oscatara – another consistent horse this season his four runs have yielded a third place and three runner up spots, one behind L’Eldorado at Thorpe Lodge in January.  Trained in Cheshire by Sian McCain he’ll be ridden by Theo Gillard, another rider looking to open his account between the flags.

Remarkable Man – a winner for last season’s Princess Royal Trophy Winner Antonia Peck, Remarkable Man is now schoolmaster to Nia Kerslake.  Nia is familiar with the Garthorpe track from Pony Racing there, and also rode at the Cottesmore meeting.  Trained by her employer Gerald Bailey  Remarkable Man finished third in the Qualifiers at Brafield and  Guilsborough.

Robin De Boss – beginning with the Series Qualifier at Chipley Park in January, this horse has now won three from three this season.  Ridden by Jamie Hepburn and trained by his mother Jo, this horse will travel from the West Country to join the line up.

Subtitle – trained by Joan Johnston, he’s a dual winner this season, once for Phil York at Kingston Blount, he subsequently gave Will Marshall, his first win at Kimble.  Last weekend he finished second behind Kashmir Peak (who was winning for the third time this season) in the Guilsborough Qualifier.

Tangolan – trained by Sally Randell, Tangolan chased home William Money and the useful Global Power at Brampton Bryan last weekend.  First season rider Albi Tufnell takes the ride.

William Money – the most prolific winner of the entries, he gave his rider Connor Brace his first winner in the PPORC Qualifier in November has been a consistent performer throughout the season and has  since  added 4 more wins to Connor’s seasonal tally playing no small part in Connor’s lead in the Novice Rider Rankings.


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