Dumadic, ridden by Hannah Watson took the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-point Championship qualifier at Hackwood Park near Alton in Hampshire at the weekend – and at the grand old age of 14.
It was an afterthought to run at the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-point Championship qualifier at Ston Easton in Bath on Sunday March 27th, but the decision paid off with Miss Midnight coming home first.
Firm ground was responsible for keeping the runners away at Horseheath in Cambridgeshire at the weekend – just as was the case at many point-to-point meetings over the weekend.
Chesnut Annie, ridden by Isabel Tompsett, notched up her 24th point-to-point success at the weekend, taking the honours in the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-Point Championship qualifier at Cilwendeg in Pembrokeshire.
Although only four runners went to post, the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-Point Championship race at Brocklesby Park in Lincolnshire on Saturday March 19th turned out to be the most incident-packed qualifier to date.
Sam Drake – who won on Optimistic Harry at Brocklesby Park in February – followed up with another first place at the Holderness point-to-point at Dalton Park in Beverley, Yorkshire, at the weekend with a fine ride on Keeverfield.
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Upton Springs became the first horse to win two AGA Ladies’ Open Championship qualifiers when she scored a comfortable success under trainer and joint-owner Sarah-Jayne Davies at the South Herefordshire meeting at Garnons on Sunday, March 6th.
Sam Drake has had her horses in cracking form this year and Optimistic Harry – who cost just 1,100 guinneas at Doncaster in 2008 – beat some quality opponents to win his second AGA Ladies’ Open Championship race of the season.