Hunter Chase Highlight Awards
The 2018 – 2019 Hunter Chase Highlight Awards were designed to showcase grassroots achievements on the Hunter Chase stage – where grassroots owners, keepers and owner-trainers line up alongside their professional counterparts.
During the 2018 – 2019 Season the PPORA made 4 of these awards
Cheltenham Foxhunter: Winner – Diana Williams, Point to Point stalwart and owner of Hazel Hill. Unbeaten in all but one for his starts between the flags in the UK over the past 5 seasons, Hazel Hill made it four from four over Regulation Fences when he scored an emphatic 4 length victory in the “Amateurs Gold Cup” in March. His reappearance at Cheltenham’s May Hunter Chase Evening added a further trophy to the cabinet when out battling Caryto Des Brosses by a neck in the Timico Final. Bought as a maiden in Ireland, Hazel Hill was originally seen as a Ladies’ Race prospect, and was trained at home and ridden in his early career by Diana’s daughter, Jane, under whom he progressed smoothly from maiden to open company. Following Jane’s retirement from race riding Hazel Hill was sent to Phil Rowley and has since forged a winning partnership with Alex Edwards
Aintree Foxhunters: Winner – Tabitha Worsley for her tremendous success on board Top Wood trained by Kelly Morgan. With their feet firmly in the Pointing Field both Tabitha and Kelly have each moved into the pro-ranks where they are great ambassadors highlighting the multi faceted role of Point to Pointing not just as an arena for competitive amateurs but also as a learning space for those aspiring to professional careers.
Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening: Winner – Dale Peters for a shrewd ride on board Caryto Des Brosses that saw him harry home Alex Edwards and Hazel Hill – and going down by just a neck – in the Timico Final.
Fontwell Hunter Chase Evening: A novice rider winner this time, with this award going to Thomas Doggrell for his winning ride on Tusa Eire the outsider of five in the PPRC sponsored 2m1f race. This was the fourth win of Thomas’ race riding career and his first ride over Regulation Fences.
Details of the PPORA’s 2019 – 2020 awards will be announced here soon