PPORA Action from the last weekend in February
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Another busy weekend of PPORA race action – with 3 of the 4 scheduled races escaping Jack Frost’s clutches
Chosen Lucky, last season’s PPORA National Young Horse Winner, opened this term’s account with a wide margin win in the PPORA Novice Riders’ Race at Great Trethew giving jockey Bryan Carver, his third win of the month and a first double.
“We went a nice gallop from the start,” said Bryan, “ideally I’d have liked something else to have gone, but after a circuit there wasn’t much sign of a challenge so I made it a stamina test and he made all to win on the bridle and by a couple of fences. He appreciated the good ground and his jumping was immaculate today, he’s a heart of gold and will try for you, the race will have given his confidence a real boost.”
The win completed a training double for Dean Summersby, who’d earlier legged up Darren Edwards on Clondaw Bunny in the Open Maiden, and a first riding double for Bryan who’d previously partnered Chris Honour’s 5 year old mare Hot Ryan, to success in the second division of the 2m 4f Flat Race.
Saturday’s Barbury fixture, the re-arranged Vine and Craven meeting, also hosted a PPORA Novice Riders’ Race and here it was Craig Dowson, stable amateur to Robert Stephens, who landed the spoils after Tempelpirate edged marginally ahead after a hard fought duel from the last with Pink Eyed Pedro and Connor Brace.
“We landed slightly down at the last and tt was a really good battle up the home straight with Connor (Brace) and Pink Eyed Pedro. Officially we got it by a head but it was right on the nod and more more like a nose really,” said Craig. “I wish I could say I’d given him a peach of a ride but to be honest he’s a true professional and knows his job, riding him it feels like he’s almost saying “I’ve got this covered don’t worry…” You need a break to set you away, I am happy to put in the work and travel for rides, touchwood there will be more people on the phone offering some opportunities now” said Craig
Already a winner of the Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders’ Series Qualifier race at Horseheath Bayley’s Dream continued to show a real zest for Pointing in this weekend’s PPORA Novice Riders’ Race at Garthorpe. “He loved it again today, totally game he towed me round and flew the final fences. He’s not done a lot at home since his last race, I think we’ve really got to grips with what works best for him now” said his rider Jamie Aprahamian.
Novice riders’ race will continue to be the campaign focus for Bayley’s Dream this season with owner-trainer John Aprahamian confirming that a return visit to Garthorpe for the £1000 Dodson & Horrell PPORA Novice Riders Series Final on April 29th is a likely target.
January’s Howden PPORA Jockey of the Month Tom Hamilton was back in action at Corbridge where he renewed his partnership with Pieceoftheaction to land the Riders’ Conditions Race – the pairing’s third win of this campaign.
Friends and family including Tom’s parents Wendy and Michael, and grandparents Lionel (who hunted the Buccleugh Hounds for 25 years) and Vera Salter, were on hand to cheer him in, and following the race prize giving Tom was also presented with his Jockey of the Month Award by John Leadbetter, Northern Area PPORA Rep
You can read about Tom and January’s other PPORA winners and race action by clicking here