20 April 2014
By Tara Glen
Good racing with some close finishes were enjoyed by a 10 year record crowd of over 8,000 at the Coral Kimblewick Easter Point-to-Point race meeting
The organising committee of the Coral Kimblewick Easter Point-to-Point were delighted that the estimated crowd of over 8,000 race goers were well entertained by good, safe racing and some thrillingly close finishes.
The fastest time of the afternoon was 6m 15s for the Ladies Open, which was won by Gina Andrews on Start Royal, the horse’s 17th win and a winner of the Mens’ Open here in 2011.
The Risborough Services Confined Hunts Race got the meeting of to a cracking start with a first time win for 19 year old jockey, Donnacha Tuohy, on Viel Gluck – the first of three winners for local trainer Alan Hill. Second was One Wish, ridden by Max Kendrick and third was Dona, ridden by Sam Painting.
The Origins Ladies Open Race had a very competitive field of quality horses and it was a hard fought victory for Gina Andrews on Start Royal, seeing off Rossmore Lad, ridden by Clare Hart by two lengths on the run in with Moscow Blaze and Page Fuller, in third.
The Bonhams Mens Open saw Marufo ridden by Dominic Sutton, beat the talented hunter chase horse, Gunmoney (John Russell), into second with Clouded Thoughts (Max Kendrick) in third.
Roskeen Boy ridden by Harry Beswick was a surprise 10/1 winner of the Hildreths Restricted Race with an exciting finish as the first four were all within a couple of lengths of each other. Tousupreme (Luti Akinc) was second and Champion Versions (Tom Ellis) was third.
The Jeremy Swan Open Maiden was Alan Hill’s third win of the day, with Hill Forts Gloria ridden by Tom Ellis, beating Grand Silence (Natasha Seely) into second ad Miss Milly Massini (Jamie Goss) came home in third.
The final race of the day, the Richardsons Kimblewick Hunt Members Race, saw success for another local trainer, Lynn Redman, with her Goodnight Vienna ridden by Rachel Talbot. Alpha Native (Tom Kindleyside) was second and Mine Sweeper (Sally Hill) a winner at Kingston Blount the previous weekend, third.
The organisers were thrilled that the significant work on course preparation over the last 12 months resulted in a much improved level track with a good covering of grass. To keep the going good through the recent dry spell the course was watered for the three days leading up to the race meeting. This kept the going condition good, good to firm in a few places.
2014 saw the retirement as Chairman of the organising committee of Mark Barlow, who was presented to by Lord Gardiner of Kimble for his services to this race meeting. Mark has been chairman for 18 years and joined the committee 25 years ago.
The organisers were pleased to welcome Steven Powell to commentate at Kimble for the first time. They would also like to thank all sponsors, officials, volunteers and landowners, without whose generous contributions this highly successful race meeting could not take place.
The next Kimblewick point-to-point is on Saturday 10 May at Kingston Blount. Tickets (£25 and £20) are available to buy online until the end of April and they will also be available to buy on the gate on the day. There is also an off course car park at £15 and Pedestrian entrance £5
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