The point to point pony racing season came to a close at the Torrington Farmers meeting on Saturday with two thrilling races.
The course at Umberleigh is a short sprint due to the terrain and the ponies run in the opposite direction to the point to point races.This often leads to blanket finishes and the 138 race saw an exciting conclusion as leader Tyler Heard on The Jobs Not Straight almost got collared by the driving finish of Tamby Welch on Angelic.Heard was under strict instructions to hold up his pony to the last minute, not easy on such a short track. He was poised in second behind long time leader Ben Godfrey on Mocking Bird, pulled out to make his move with the line in sight and then had to beat off Welch’s challenge at the death with Veno Star and Fergus Gillard running on well to take third ahead of Mocking Bird.
Talponciau Perfect Print has won his fair share of races under Hamish Clarke and such was the standard he was in fifth place just ahead of the popular Chad Bament who conjured a blistering run from Ginger Wizard to take sixth.
The 148s may have been low in numbers due to some non-runners but they knocked five seconds off the 138 time in their final.
It looked like the spoils might head to Wales as Ben Jones on Miss Mopsy blazed a trail. And it would have been fair reward as it had taken the Jones family five hours to get to the track. But Theo Gillard hadn’t read that script and got a great run from Hawksfield Flyer to win with Miss Mopsy second and multiple winner Total Eclipse in third under William Cox. The course wasn’t far enough for Olivia Weatherlake’s Aries, a recent conquerer of Total Eclipse or Thomasina Eyston’s Springs to shine, the latter pairing being newly crowned area point champions.
1. The Jobs Not Straight – Tyler Heard
2. Angelic – Tamby Welch
3. Veno Star – Fergus Gillard
4. Mocking Bird – Ben Godfrey
5. Talponciau Perfect Prince – Hamish Clarke
6. Ginger Wizard – Chad Bament
7. Diptford Moonwalker – Daniel Cox.
8. My Golden Dream – James Armstrong
9. Mini Tango – Lewis McDonald.
Nine ran. Distances 2 1/2L, 5L. Time 1m 08
1. Hawksfield Flyer – Theo Gillard
2. Miss Mopsey – Ben Jones
3. Total Eclipse – William Cox
4. Aries – Olivia Weatherlake
5. Springs – Thomasina Eyston.
Five ran. Distances 4l, 5l. Time 1m 02
1, The Jobs Not Straight, Tyler Heard
2, Angelic, Tamby Welch
3, Veno Star, Fergus Gillard
4, Talponciau Perfect Print Hamish Clarke
5, Ginger Wizard, Chad Bament
6, My Golden Dream, James Armstrong
1, Hawksfield Flyer, Theo Gillard
2, Total Eclipse, William Cox
3, Aries, Olivia Weatherlake
4, Springs, Thomasina Eyston