Racing at Stratford.

Risk A Fine, Trained By Rugby Ace Gareth Moore At Pyle, Earns Hunter Chase Victory At Stratford Races

A 10-year-old horse called Risk A Fine, trained at Pyle near Bridgend by former rugby star Gareth Moore, won the hunter chase at Stratford and in doing so denied runner-up Master Baker a four-timer (writes Brian Lee).

Risk A Fine, a winner of a similar event 17 days ago, was partnered by James King and was returned at odds of 100-30.

Pembrokeshire’s Rebecca Curtis made the 194 mile trip to Stratford with two horses and they both won under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Her Minella Bobo won the novices’ hurdle by 18 lengths from the Evan Williams-trained Mac Amara, while Rebecca’s Legends Gold was an eight lengths winner of the mares handicap hurdle.

At Wincanton, Evan Williams’ stable jockey Adam Wedge took the opening novices’ hurdle on 20-1 outsider Highly Prized for Emma Lavelle. 

Pembrokeshire’s Sean Bowen won the handicap hurdle race aboard 10-1 chance and top weighted Serosevsky.  

In form Lorcan Williams, who hails from West Wales, won the National Hunt flat race on the Paul Nicholls trained Eritage, winning by a head from favourite Perfect Predator.

Welsh jockey Connor Brace, last season’s novice champion point-to-point rider, rode his biggest winner to date when landing the CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr.

He partnered the top-weighted Verdana Blue, trained by Nicky Henderson, to an easy seven lengths win over the lowly weighted Dino Velvet.

Verdana Blue went off 4-1 favourite in a field of 14 runners.

Connor’s grandfather, a delighted David Brace OBE, watched the race on the big screen at his Llanmihangel Farm, Pyle, during the afternoon’s Llangeinor & Pentyrch Hunt Point-To-Point races where he  celebrated by landing a training four-timer.

At Bangor-on-Dee, Welsh jockey Lorcan Williams won the opening Novices Limited Handicap Chase on  Pembrokeshire’s  Dai Rees’ Gone Platinum and later in the afternoon Hay-on-Wye’s Sheila Lewis saw her Change Ur Tune beat Katy Price’s Out For Justice. 

A 20-1 chance, Change Ur Tune was ridden by Vale of Glamorgan based Adam Wedge.

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