IT was a day to remember for the Bradstock family at Lockinge, near Wantage yesterday, writes MARK EDWARDS.

Mother Sara and daughter Lily recorded their first doubles at the Cazenove Capital & OBH point-to-point in front of a huge bank holiday attendance.

The glorious weather saw a crowd approaching 10,000 watch on as the Letcombe Bassett duo combined to win both the Mixed Open and Open Maiden races.

Although four of the six races saw only two runners, there were still some exciting finishes.

A fine day for the Bradstocks started in the third race of the afternoon when Southfield Theatre saw off only rival Newsworthy.

Although clear at one stage, the odds-on favourite idled in front and it was only when the George Henderson-ridden runner-up closed in that Lily Bradstock’s charge surged ahead to eventually run out a convincing winner.

“I needed some company as he got very lonely out there,” the victorious rider said.

“We may go to Cheltenham for a Hunter Chase over four miles – the further he goes the better.”

The success was Lily’s first at her local track – and she wasted little time in making it two when Peddler burst clear to claim the next race.

“Everyone had been joking about me riding my first double,” she said.

“But I’ve done it now. It feels great, especially on this course so close to home.”

Trainer Sara Bradstock added: “We always thought he was a nice horse, but today was just about giving him some experience.

“We bought him as an unbroken horse and it’s taken time to get him to here, but he will go back in full training now and can hopefully win a few races for us.”

The opening Members’ race was an anti-

climax with Order In Court, trained by James Henderson in Faringdon, left to complete the majority of the three-miles alone after sole rival Gizzit broke down.

Ridden by son Freddie, both admitted the experience of jumping alone was not one they wanted to repeat.

“That was horrible,” said the jockey.

“He got very lonely, but thankfully kept plugging away.”

The trainer added: “I got more nervous watching that than I do usually. But thankfully he got round fine.”

Phil York steered Timmie Roe to a comfortable success in the Conditions race for veteran and novice riders.

He went on to complete a double when Kaiden Michael saw off sole rival Wild Ginger in the closing Restricted race.

However, the most dramatic finish of the day came in the penultimate Members’ Conditions race.

Brandy And Red was clear coming around the final bend, but unseated jockey Liam Harrison.

That left Brians Well in front, but jockey James Turner stopped riding before the winning post, which allowed Tinelyra to snatch victory on the line.

It proved an expensive mistake for Turner, who was fined £150 by the stewards for his misdemeanour.

The lack of horses was the only negative to an otherwise glorious afternoon, but Sara Bradstock admitted she felt sorry for the course, praising them for their efforts to produce good racing ground.

“They have done a fantastic job here,” she said. “It’s a real pity there were not more runners – there deserved to be.

“We would not have run our horses if the ground was not safe. I think people still assume it will be good to firm from going back years and years, but it’s not like that now. There should be more runners here.”