A new leader in the Howden Insurance PPORA Wilkinson Sword, and changes at the head of the leaderboards for the Harley National Novice and the PPORA Members’ Race Series Novice Champion – news from Ampton and Wadebridge
There’s lots of novice rider news to report from today’s action starting at Ampton where Will Humphrey gained the lead in the Howden Insurance PPORA Wilkinson Sword Championship with a win in the opening Conditions Race.
George Chatterton – who we flagged for your notebooks following an eye-catching ride at the Atherstone – got off the mark in the PPORA Novice Riders’ Race this time riding Minella Friend and defying outsider status and odds of 16/1 to win by a length– visit this website later in the week to read more about George.
Frankie Flinton riding Lord Topper got within 4 lengths of becoming the first of the season’s women novices to add their name to the Howden Insurance PPORA Princess Royal Leaderboard finishing second to Broken Eagle (Jack Andrews) in the Mixed Open.
At Wadebridge two of the season’s talented novices Liam Harrison and Luca Morgan went head to head – best mates off the track they gave each other no quarter in a ding dong battle for supremacy in the PPORA Novice Riders’ Race. 2017 PPORA National Young Horse Champion Chosen Lucky was in fine form back in the fray, sticking determinedly to the task and giving Liam win number 3 of the season. Luca’s ride Victory Mill lost nothing in defeat and is a game sort who looks sure to win soon.
Liam told us “It was pretty tight – a head in the end. We ended up fighting it out between the two of us and it became quite tactical. The third horse (Earthmoves – Myles Osborne)was in there pitching most of the way. With a circuit to go Luca was in front and I thought he was maybe having too much of an easy time – I saw a good stride and came to challenge him jumping the ditch for the last time there was a gap up the inside and getting that round the top bend is probably what won me the race it saved me 3 or 4 lengths and it was very close on the line.
It was my first time at Wadebridge and it was good fun track to ride especially on a horse who knows it – he’s not overly big so he handles the tight turns really well.
Luca is here now – we’re good friends and I’d rather have gone down the inner of someone I didn’t know but you can’t think of that when you’re in a race – we’re both happy when either us wins we both want the winners but it’s nice we can celebrate together when either of us gets one.”
The win adds 10 points to Liam’s score in the Harley National Novices’ Championship bringing him to 16 points and a share of top spot with sparring partner Luca who added 6 points for second place in this race.
There are changes in the rankings on the PPORA Novice Champion (PPORA Race Series) Leaderboard too – Liam Harrison edges ahead with 18 points closely pursued by Luca Morgan and George Chatterton who are both just 2 points away on 16.