POINT-TO-POINT: Ravethebrave stars to shock Gwanako

Ravethebrave is foot perfect over the last fence for Hannah Watson to land the ladies’ open

Ravethebrave is foot perfect over the last fence for Hannah Watson to land the ladies’ open

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter specialising in horse racing. Call me on 01865 425453

BERKS & BUCKS AND STAFF COLLEGE & RMAS DRAGHOUNDS

Ravethebrave claimed a notable scalp by slamming Gwanako to spark a treble for Aston Rowant trainer Alan Hill at Kingston Blount, near Chinnor, and tighten his grip on the Connolly’s Red Mills Trainers Championship.

With Earl Grez coming out on top in a thrilling finish and Rogue Dancer posting a facile victory, it saw Hill move seven winners clear in the title race with three weeks remaining.

But it was Ravethebrave’s sparkling win in the ladies’ open which was especially sweet for the trainer.

With National Hunt champion trainer Paul Nicholls paying his first visit to the course to see his daughter, Megan, ride Gwanako as she chases the lady novice riders’ title, the Rose Loxton-trained 11-year-old was sent off a 1-3 favourite.

However, the 2008 Topham Chase winner was powerless to respond as Ravethebrave and Hannah Watson, who clinched the South Midland Area lady riders’ title, took up the running approaching the second-last fence and powered clear to win by eight lengths.

Oxford Mail:

National Hunt champion trainer Paul Nicholls (second left) hands out riding instructions to his daughter, Megan, before she partnered Gwanako in the ladies’ open

Nicholls dismounted Gwanako after the line, and her mount returned gingerly, but there was no denying Ravethebrave’s big moment in the sunshine.

Hill’s son, Joe, the ten-year-old’s regular rider who is sidelined after breaking his right ankle, was ecstatic.

“It’s brilliant,” he commented. “I am just over the moon. Like my old man said ‘never run away from one horse’.

“Hannah was given him an absolute peach of a ride.”

Hill snr, who secured the South Midland Area owners’ and trainers’ titles, added: “I think he is a slightly underrated horse. It was seriously, seriously nice to beat Gwanako.

“I didn’t speak to Paul, but Lawney (Hill’s wife) said he was brilliant in defeat.”

Oxford Mail:

Gwanako and Megan Nicholls clear the last fence in the ladies’ open, but Ravethebrave has gone beyond recall

Earl Grez made it a double for Hill when flying home under James Tudor in the restricted to pip Mine Sweeper and Milan Rua in a finish of necks after Blue Benny had led over the last fence.

And Rogue Dancer completed Hill’s hat-trick with a 25-length romp with Tudor on board in the open maiden.

Hill said: “That was my nap of the day and I told all the locals they could have what they wanted on it.”

New Alco repeated his course and distance win of two weeks ago in the men’s open for Sarah Case, who trains at Edgcote, near Banbury.

Max Kendrick, who gave the 13-year-old a positive front-running ride to beat last year’s winner, Ned The Post, by six lengths, said: “He is a family favourite. I think I have won seven on him, including my first winner.”

Elizabeth Smee rode her first winner when Lucky Lane galloped clear of his rivals to take the members’ race by eight lengths from Daintydavey.

And Sam Davies-Thomas sealed the South Midland Area men’s title by making all the running on One Wish to take the intermediate for Chris Loggin, who trains at Hinton-in-the-Hedges, near Brackley.

RESULTS

Members: 1 LUCKY LANE (E Smee) 2-1, 2 Daintydavey 5-1, 3 Eco’s Gamebird 8-1. Trainer: P York. Dist: 8l, dist. 6 ran.

Intermediate: 1 ONE WISH (S Davies-Thomas) 7-2, 2 Commanche Conflict 4-1, 3 Tiger Rag 4-7 fav. Trainer: C Loggin. Dist: 1l, ½l. 6 ran.

Men’s open: 1 NEW ALCO (M Kendrick) 11-10 fav, 2 Ned The Post 12-1, 3 Hoopy 33-1. Trainer: S Case. Dist: 6l, 4l. 9 ran.

Ladies’ open: 1 RAVETHEBRAVE (H Watson) 5-2, 2 Gwanako 1-3 fav, 3 Behind The Scenes 16-1. Trainer: A Hill. Dist: 8l, 12l. 7 ran.

Restricted: 1 EARL GREZ (J Tudor) 7-1, 2 Mine Sweeper 7-2, 3 Milan Rua 3-1. Trainer: A Hill. Dist: nk, nk. 9 ran.

Open maiden: 1 ROGUE DANCER (J Tudor) 5-2, 2 Little Mead 6-1, 3 Lucky To Be Alive 12-1. Trainer: A Hill. Dist 25l, hd. 9 ran.

SOUTH MIDLAND AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Final positions)

Owners: 1 A Hill (Ravethebrave), 2 R Brown (Soupcon D’Albain), 3= R West (One Wish) & W Lee (Triggers Ginger).

Trainers: 1 A Hill, 2 R Waley-Cohen, 3 T Lacey.

Mares: 1 Triggers Ginger (W Lee), 2 Grand Exit (S Edmunds & J Busby), 3= Pampelonne (S Edmunds & J Busby) & Hill Forts Gloria (A Hill).

Men’s riders: 1 S Davies-Thomas, 2 T Ellis, 3 S Waley-Cohen.

Lady riders: 1 H Watson, 2 K Lyons, 3 L Jenkins.

Novice riders: 1 K Lyons, 2 T Kindley-side, 3 L Jenkins.

KINGSTON BLOUNT CHAMPIONSHIP

Leading horse: 1= Mine Sweeper, New Alco, Ravethebrave.

David Hunt agrees loan exit from Oxford United

Oxford Mail: David Hunt is hoping to win promotion from League Two for the fourth time Picture: Dan Westwell

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

DAVID Hunt has joined Barnet to become the second Oxford United player loaned out in as many days.

RUGBY UNION: Browne's back for London Welsh's Bath clash

Oxford Mail:

2:56pm Friday 31st October 2014

DANIEL Browne makes his first start of the season as part of a much-changed London Welsh side for tomorrow’s LV= Cup opener at Bath (3).

Oxford United put trust in youngster Holmes-Dennis

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 31st October 2014

MICKEY Lewis says the form of rookie defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis has surpassed his expectations, allowing Oxford United to loan out Tom Newey to Northampton Town yesterday.

Lewis calls for Oxford United to match Wycombe's intensity

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORD United’s players must be prepared to match Wycombe Wanderers’ work rate when the sides meet at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, according to Mickey Lewis.

Riley open to extended stay at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

JOE Riley would consider extending his loan at Oxford United, but is in the dark about where his future lies in the new year.

RUGBY UNION: Injury-hit London Welsh may need more signings

Oxford Mail: Justin Burnell

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

JUSTIN Burnell says London Welsh may have to bring in some new players to cope with their mounting injury problems.

Oxford United fans gearing up for Yellow Army Day

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

MORE than 500 flags have been delivered as part of the plans for Yellow Army Day tomorrow.

Ainsworth relishing 'M40 derby' with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Friday 31st October 2014

GARETH Ainsworth is expecting the atmosphere at the Kassam Stadium to crackle when Oxford United host his Wycombe Wanderers side tomorrow.

Whing delight at injury-free appearances for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

IT may have ended on a low note with defeat at Carlisle United, but last week marked a major step forward for Andy Whing.

ATHLETICS: Oxford Mail Cross Country League starts on Sunday

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

The Oxford Mail Cross Country League begins for another season at its traditional curtain-raising venue of Ascott-under-Wychwood on Sunday.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree