End of Season Grassroots Awards updates – and action from Cheltenham
End of Season Grassroots Awards Updates
As we head into the final weeks of the PPORA’s end of season Grassroots Awards there continues to be a strong showing from the on song Team Brace (SWM)
Owner-Trainer David continues the domination that has characterised this season’s Stratford Racecourse PPORA Champion Owner Award where he’s amassed 71 points a gap of 23 points to his nearest rival Tim Underwood, and Nick Pearce a further 7 points behind.
Also riding high is David’s grandson Connor who headed into this weekend with 12 wins, 11 from the home yard. It’s a tally that gives Connor a commanding lead in the Dodson & Horrell sponsored Wilkinson Swordwhere his closest pursuer is Huw Edwards on 3 wins, as well as in the Harley Novice Riders’ Points Serieswhere with 35 points he is 14 ahead of Ed Doggrell and Tim Gredley.
Two wins with Iron Chancellor give trainer–rider Jess Bedi (Y)control of theHowden sponsored Princess Royal
It’s still all to play for in the Point to Point Racing Company PPORA National Young Horse Awardswhere The Two Amigos(D&C)currently leads the National Young Horse Awards with 40 points, and now holds an entry in Tuesday’s Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Series Final. Bistouri D’Honore and Monsieur Gibraltar, however, are not far behind with 36 apiece, whilst Chanceiton and Glittering Love each have 34.
Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening
Monsieur Gibraltar showed himself to good account as he cruised to an easy looking success under Lorcan Williams in the 2 mile Brian Babbage Memorial Hunter Chase at Cheltenhamon Friday. It will be intriguing to see whether he returns to Pointing Field this season.
Two winners of our NAF PPORA Mare of the Month Awardhave shown themselves to good effect in recent weeks with February winner Palmaria,a Restricted and Intermediate winner this season, making all on testing ground to win a Novice Hunter Chase under Will Biddick at Exeter, where she is another to hold an entry in this week’s Intermediate Series Final.
Teeton Power, our January winner, mounted a bold bid in the Mares’ Open Hunter Chase at Cheltenham finishing second under Jack Andrews to Popaway (Immy Robinson)
Friday at Cheltenham will be an evening will to remember for Novice Rider Emma Yardleywho made her first ride over Cheltenham’s regulation fences a winning one on board Fox Cub in the Hunt Benefit Society Open Hunters’ Chase