POINT-TO-POINT: Champion trainer Hill's proud of title triumph

Alan Hill (centre) with Harbour Court and Dan Collins on top (left) and Ravethebrave, who both contributed to the    trainer’s championship-winning tally of 27 victories

Alan Hill (centre) with Harbour Court and Dan Collins on top (left) and Ravethebrave, who both contributed to the trainer’s championship-winning tally of 27 victories

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

Aston Rowant handler Alan Hill has spoken of his great sense of pride at being crowned champion trainer.

Hill’s title was confirmed following the final meeting of the season at Umberleigh, near Barnstaple, on Saturday.

He topped the table in the Connolly’s Red Mills Trainers’ Championship (for handlers with eight horses or more) with 27 winners.

It saw him finish six ahead of Cherry Coward and Ed Walker, who tied for second.

Hill, who took over the training of the point-to-pointers from his wife, Lawney, at their Woodway Farm in 2005 when she was granted a professional licence, had established a clear advantage going into the final month of the season, but he refused to take anything for grant.

“As I kept saying to a lot of people Liverpool looked like they were going to win the league at one stage,” remarked the ardent Reds fan.

“It is a new championship. It is only in its second year, so it has never been recognised before.

“I think if anyone says you are a champion in whatever sport you do you are going to be proud of it because you have had a good season.”

Hill operated at an impressive strike rate, with his tally of winners coming from just over 80 runners, with a mild winter aiding his cause.

He said: “We never set out to win it and never dreamt I had a yard of horses strong enough to win it, but there has been a lot of hard work by the staff.

“The most important thing about the season was that all the horses ran up to form and have been well, and the weather has let us train them.”

Sharp Suit led the way for Hill with four wins plus a hunter chase success at Cheltenham, while Start Royal, with three wins and a hunter chase win at Fontwell also starred, along with Ravethebrave, who won four times between the flags.

Now Hill’s thought are already turning to next season.

“The worst bit is going to be trying to do it again,” he added.

“Like all things it is great winning it, but then there is obviously added pressure trying to defend it.”

Who was Oxford United's man of the match against Wimbledon?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:50pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Oxford Utd 0, AFC Wimbledon 0

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

4:56pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

OXFORD United's winning run against AFC Wimbledon came to an end as they played out a goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford Utd v AFC Wimbledon - Updates

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

2:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

All the latest news from Oxford United's home game against AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League Two.

What's in our interactive back page of the Oxford Mail today?

Oxford Mail:

1:02pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Getting ready for a sporty weekend? Explore our interactive back page, with links to the stories and the latest headlines

Brainpower is the key for Oxford United says head coach Michael Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Michael Appleton says Oxford United will need to be intelligent if they are to keep heavyweight striker Adebayo Akinfenwa quiet for AFC Wimbledon today.

RUGBY UNION: Kear fulfils dream with move to London Welsh

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Elliott Kear says he has achieved a long-held ambition by switching codes to sign for London Welsh yesterday.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City's new signing Mamadou Fofana could make his debut at Stalybridge

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Oxford City could give a debut to former Lincoln City midfielder Mamadou Fofana at Stalybridge Celtic for today’s Vanarama Conference North clash.

RUGBY UNION: Cahill's happy to be an Exile

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

SHANE Cahill has no regrets about signing for London Welsh, despite their dismal losing run.

RUGBY UNION: Corker still relishing the struggle

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

MATT Corker says he would not swap London Welsh’s Premiership struggles for Championship victories.

CRICKET: Ricks drops hint on exit plan

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Cherwell League chairman Clive Ricks has given the strongest indication yet that he could step down at the end of next season.

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