Andoversford Point 2 Point 2016
Subaru Restricted Series comes to Andsoversford
Sunday 10th April 2016
It was a fantastic weekend for the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point Series, with seven qualifiers across the country.
On Sunday 10th April, the Subaru Restricted race at Andsoversford was hosted by the Cotswold meeting.
The Subaru race at Andsoversford started with nine runners. All started well, the first jump was led by Brianogue who was subsequently overtaken by Tracyswestcounty (trained by Laura Horsfall and ridden by Lucy Wheeler). Tracywestcountry stayed in a prime position for a lot of the remaining race and led the start of the second mile well, whilst Ypsilanti, Brianogue and View of the Dance followed close behind. As the second mile got underway, the space between these and the remaining horses grew and grew, with these four battling for position and leaving the rest well behind. Eastern Witness managed to pull back in to the front group and eventually took fourth place with View of the Dance dropping back on the last mile to fifth. The back four runners were pulled up on the last half a mile with ever widening gaps becoming apparent.
With good to soft ground, Tracyswestcounty and Ypsilanti seemed the best suited, and over the final mile these two battled for first place. Ypsilanti (ridden by Leo Mahon) managed to pull clearly in front in the last half mile. Looking at Mahon’s stats for this year, it’s clear to see how. Leo Mahon - who has ridden ever since he can remember - has had a fantastic season to date, with ten wins so far. He is leading the West Midlands Championship and is doing a mighty job of following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps - both were jockeys.
On winning the race, Leo and the group of winning owners were presented with their trophies by Stephen Wilkins of John Wilkins Cars of Cheltenham. Stephen Wilkins commented, “It was great to see Lucy and Leo battle this one out, certainly a great race to have watched. The best turned-out horse went to View of the Dance who came fifth. We are proud to have been able to support our local Point-to-Point event and the community at the centre of it, many of whom are our local customers.”
Whilst Lucy and trainer Laura were satisfied with second, they did say that “Tracyswestcountry stable name Fudge” really needed to get over his “Second-itus!” having placed second for the fifth time this season.
Meanwhile, the owner of Ypsilanti, Shirley Day, said “When we bought Ypsilanti our aim was the Subaru Restricted Final at Stratford, so this is great news for all of us. Katy Price sourced the horse, she’s a darling. Ypsilanti fell out last time she ran and won well at Cottenham, we are all very pleased with this win. We look forward to seeing if this win gets us on the Subaru Restricted Championship board.“
For further information on the Subaru Restricted Point-to-Point series and championship visit: www.subaru.co.uk/point-to-point