The Feelgood Factor was as hot as the sunshine for the first of four meetings under BHRC rules at the Allensmore track, and the action in the 10 races was sizzling, delighting the exuberant crowd.
Several locals had plenty to celebrate, notably Leominster driver, Patrick Morris, who drove a courageous double with Trefor Morgans’ ‘dynamic duo’ Ystwyth DT and Meadowbranch Josh, both of whom defied long handicap trails to grab the glory.
Ystwyth DT had been voted BHRC ‘Horse of The Year’ in 2013, and Meadowbranch Josh recorded one of the fastest times at York last Autumn, and both are well in form for 2014.
Gladestry trainer, Kim Alman, had a day of mixed fortunes, being flattened by a painful kick beforehand, but determinedly picked herself up to harness Summers Dream, who sprinted clear with Sarah Allen in the Santana Lad series race to salve some of the discomfort.
Runner-up, Tantalizing, ably partnered by Martin Roberts, later went one better to scorch to victory in the ‘C’ Class Driver’s handicap for Dinmore owner/trainer Stella Havard.
It was a poignant success, as John Llewellin, the owner of the legendary Temptress, Tantalizing’s dam, had made a rare and unexpected visit from Oxfordshire to see the filly run.
Jamie Davies also visited the winner’s enclosure with Julian Price’s home-bred, Caenwood Virgo.
Maesmynis trainer, David Bevan has been enjoying a successful season already, and Valley Jasper added to his Appleby win when speeding through a packed field to get up by a short head.
Next meetings at Allensmore: July 13th & 20th, August 10th, 2pm.
All races over Im 30 yds. Going: Firm.
Members Handicap Pace: 1 Ystwyth DT (Patrick Morris) 40 yds, 2 Beacon Spellbound (Roy Wilson), 3 Talavary Activator (Trevor Knott) 30 yds. 2:15.8. 1L, neck. Owned & trained by Trefor Morgans, Aberystwyth.
Novice Pace: =1 Talavary Prince (Trevor Knott) and Blackfield Bling (Huw Thomas), 3 Wellfield Willy (Sarah Allen). 2:17.1. Dead heat, neck. Talavary Prince owned and trained by Trevor Knott, Newport, Blackfield Bling owned by Elizabeth Thomas, trained by Huw Thomas, Ammanford.
Maiden Mile: 1 Caenwood Fleur (Andrew Long), 2 Wellfield Baby (Michael O’ Mahoney), 3 Landa Dreams (Peter Preston). 2:19.8. Sht hd, 1L. Owned and trained by Andrew Long, Leicestershire.
Maiden Mile Div 2: 1 Caenwood Virgo ( Jamie Davies), 2 Wellfield Posh (Michael O’Mahoney), 3 Skip Along (Emma Langford). 2:20.6. 1L,1L. Owned by Julian Price, trained by Carl Davies, Hundred House.
Grade 1 Pace: 1 Lady Ga Ga (Marc Jones), 2 Wellfield Picasso (Bobby Richards), 3Ynyston JJ (Gary Wakefield). 2:14.9. 3/4L, 21/2L. Owned and trained by Marc Jones, Brecon.
Santana Lad Series: 1 Summers Dream (Sarah Allen) 20 yds, 2 Tantalizing (Martin Roberts) 20 yds, 3 Beach Bum (Jed Strickland). 2: 14.7, 6L, 4L. Owned and trained by Kim Alman, Gladestry.
Grade 1 Pace: 1 Rhyds Night Nurse ( Jason Podmore), 2 Lyons Mischief (David Bevan), 3 Runaway Girl (Marc Jones). 2:13.5. 11/2L, 5L Owned by James Till, trained by Jason Podmore, Uttoxeter.
Grades 2 & 3 Pace: 1 Valley Jasper (David Bevan) 10 yds, 2 Luck Matters (Huw Evans) 10 yds, 3 Ginger Man (Jamie Davies). 2:14.7. Short Hd., 3/4L. Owned by Nora Lloyd, trained by David Bevan, Maesmynis.
C Class Driver’s Handicap: 1 Tantalizing (Martin Roberts) 10 yds, 2 Wellfield Shady Lady (Roy Sheedy), 10 yds 3 Two Score (Geoff Robson) 10 yds. 2:16.1. 3/4L, 1L. Owned and trained by Stella Havard, Dinmore.
Top Grade Pace: 1 Meadowbranch Josh (Patrick Morris) 30 yds, 2 Wellfield Benny (Huw Thomas), 3 Talavary Activator (Trevor Knott). 2:11.9. Owned and trained by Trefor Morgans, Aberystwyth.