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Four-time winner Tom Weston is a hit at North Hereford Hunt point to point
JOCKEY Tom Weston was the man to follow at the re-arranged North Herefordshire Hunt on Sunday as he rode a four-timer at the Whitwick Manor track, writes Graham Saveker.
Weston opened his account aboard Over The Phone for owner Clive Hitchings and trainer Rachel Hobbs in the Confined race and the ex-hunterchaser showed he was back to his best with an emphatic win over his 10 rivals.
Over The Phone had smart form two years ago but was disappointing last season until a defibrillating heart was detected, necessitating treatment at Newmarket’s Equine hospital but he seemed back to his best at Whitwick.
Weston made it a double for the Hobbs stable later in the bitterly cold afternoon aboard all-the-way winner Beths Star in the three-runner first division of the Maiden race.
Weston completed his four-timer with wins aboard Durban Gold and Cracker Smile in the concluding Maiden race for owner Jim Callow and Hoarwithy trainer Chris Hooley.
Eastnor trainer Nicky Sheppard sent out Oedipe and jockey for the two-runner Men’s Open race and the pair, sent off 2/5 favourites, easily saw off the solitary rival Openditch by drawing clear from the third-last fence.
Results: Hunt Members, 12st (5 ran): 1 History Master (A Dalton) 7-4, 2 Sir Reecer 12-1, 3 Orphelin Collonges 6-1.
Confined, 12st (11 ran): 1 Over The Phone (T Weston) 3-1, 2 Noble Ben EvensF, 3 Niver Bai 7-1.
Men’s Open, 12st (2 ran): 1 Oedipe (R Jenkins) 2-5F, 2 Openditch 2-1.
AGA Ladies Open, 11st (2 ran): 1 Prince Massini (C Pritchard) 2-7F, 2 Kirbybroguelantern 5-2. Only two finished.
Restricted, 12st (8 ran): 1 Following Dreams (L Payter) 3-1, 2 Norwich Well 5-4F, 3 Little Blackbeetle 14-1.
Jockey Club PPORA Club Members Mares Maiden, 11st7lb (6 ran): 1 Durban Gold (T Weston) 6-4, 2 Kazuri Kate 5-4F, 3 Over Night Bag 7-1.
Open Maiden Division One, 12st (3 ran): 1 Beths Start (T Weston) 1-2F. Only one finished.
Open Maiden Division Two, 12st (6 ran): 1 Cracker Smile (T Weston) 5-4F, 2 Larking Around 3-1, 3 Knock Knock 7-1.
Brecon & Talybont Hunt - Results Hunt Members, 12st (2 ran): 1 Ethiopia (J Knox) Evens.
Confined, 12st (4 ran): 1 Catch The Rascel (K Hanmer) 7-2, 2 Rockers Field 4-6F.
Men’s Open, 12st (5 ran): 1 Khachaturian (N Williams) 7-4, 2 Silver Token 5-4F, 3 Diddle’em 12-1.
Ladies’ Open, 11st (2 ran): 1 Little Miss Monty (R Leyshon) 2-1, 2 Public Esteem 2-5F.
Restricted, 12st (12 ran): 1 Coosan Lad (N Williams) 5-2F, 2 Cabinteely 20-1, 3 Whispering River 12-1.
Open Maiden (Division One), 12st (10 ran): 1 Lennie Da Lion (T David) 2-1F, 2 Drombeg West 12-1, 3 Regal Reford 14-1.
Open Maiden (Division Two), 12st (11 ran): 1 Wiston Dreamer (A Johns) 3-1, 2 Mystical Rose 2-1 Favourite, 3 Rosie O’Grady 12-1.