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.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Hartlepool?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:37pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Hartlepool Utd 1 (Ironside 53), Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 65)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:00pm Saturday 20th December 2014

DANNY Hylton ended his barren run in front of goal as Oxford United came from behind to earn a point against Hartlepool United.

Updates - Hartlepool Utd V Oxford Utd

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:57pm Saturday 20th December 2014

All the news from Oxford United's Sky Bet League Two clash at Hartlepool United.

Oxford United look to spoil Hartlepool's party

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Andy Whing says Oxford United should expect to beat Hartlepool United this afternoon despite the Football League’s bottom club appointing a new manager this week.

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is weighing up his striking options

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Michael Appleton’s main selection decision for Oxford United today is picking who leads the line against Hartlepool.

RUGBY: Nathan Morris hoping to get chance to pit his wits against the best

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

LONDON Welsh replacement hooker Nathan Morris is looking forward to the opportunity to test himself against some of the best in the game when they travel to Saracens today, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

TABLE TENNIS: In-form duo maintain relentless title battle

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

Forum A and Holton A kept up their battle for the Division 1 crown, as they both hit an incredible 32 points apiece in the latest round of matches.

BOXING: Ashley Banks cashes in to capture national title

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

Banbury BC lightweight Ashley Banks was crowned England junior novice champion after a unanimous points win against Rahul Gondalia (Karmand BC, Bradford) in the final.

ICE HOCKEY: Popular veteran Andy Cox back on board to boost Oxford City Stars

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

Oxford City Stars have ex-player Andy Cox back in their ranks when they host Solent Devils in English National League South Division 1 tomorrow (6.15).

AQUATHLON: Award-winning Janette Cardy given sponsorship lift

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

Janette Cardy has received a welcome boost following her success at last month’s Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

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