Oedipe stars in Ledbury point-to-point

First published in Sport

RHYS Jenkins is group estate manager for ATS Euromaster in the week but in his spare time rides in point-to-points.

So the Worcester rider's success on Oedipe in the Ledbury meeting's Members race at Maisemore Park, near Gloucester, rewarded all his efforts.

Oedipe, owned by Jenkins and trained by Eastnor's Nickie Sheppard, hit the front as they raced down the back straight for the final time.

He was able to see off the challenge of the favourite Big Georgie in the final half-a-mile.

Jenkins said: “The horse is a bit like his owner – we are both getting a bit long in the tooth.

"Some days he is a bit cranky and does not feel like doing anything but, when things go right for him, he will stick his neck out and try his hardest."

The Conditions race saw The Magerally Man gallop to victory for Alfrick trainer Tim Eades.

Twill Stand To Us quickened into the lead at the 13th, but Worcestershire's Tom Weston and The Magherally Man followed in his slip stream.

They swept into the lead when they turned for home to land the prize for owner Christine Esling and Eades.

Thirty-five minutes later, jockey Weston was back in the winner's enclosure after Following Dreams' victory in the Mixed Open.

The horse was challenged by Lucy Turner and Petit Lord approaching the last and the latter duo jumped it quicker.

But Weston and Following Dreams found another gear to draw clear on the flat.

Alastair Ralph has always thought a lot of the horse, who is owned by Leigh Sinton-based Di Ralph and Peter Rimell.

The Shropshire trainer nominated the John Corbett Cup at the end of the season as a potential future engagement.

He said: “Things did not go well for him at Cheltenham last year but it was probably 12 months too soon.

"He has matured over the summer and I think he has a serious engine."

The Connollys Red Mills-sponsored Intermediate produced a shock with victory going to Cardinal Rose, who had too much pace for Smugglers Run in the home straight.

Jockey Mark Wall recalled: “I broke the horse in for breeders Nick and Cherry Jones. It was not an easy process.

"The horse was subsequently diagnosed with a kissing spine.

"He has had a new type of operation, which is less invasive than other versions.

"He is enjoying his racing now and the further we went, the better he went."

The first-half of the two-mile, five-furlong Maiden produced yet another winner for Chipping Campden-based trainer and rider Claire Hart on Gift of Dreams. Robert Waley Cohen’s Storm Lantern finished runner-up on three occasions recently but led his rival into the final bend only for fall back over the final two fences.

RESULTS Members: 1 Oedipe (R Jenkins, 2-1), 2 Big Georgie, 3 James Pine. Four ran.

Restricted: 1 Zaracha (S Painting, 33-1), 2 Tiger Rag, 3 Aboo Dreamer. Six ran.

Conditions: 1 The Magerally Man (T Weston, 3-1), 2 Skating Home, 3 Idole First. Six ran.

Mixed Open: 1 Following Dream (T Weston, evens fav), 2 Petit Lord, 3 Rumbavu. Eight ran.

Intermediate: 1 Cardinal Rose (M Wall, 5-1), 2 Smugglers Run, 3 Mr McGregor. Four ran.

Three Mile Maiden: 1 Beallandendall (M Barber, 6-1), 2 Soutine, 3 Anadama. Thirteen ran.

Two-mile, five-furlong Maiden (Division One): 1 Gift of Dreams (C Hart, 10-1), 2 Storm Lantern, 3 Northern Silver. Eight ran.

Division Two: 1 Singlefarmpayment (S Drinkwater, 4-6 fav), 2 Nimbus Lad, 3 Ocean Lad. Eight ran.

Meanwhile, Dymock owner Clive Bennett decided the Maisemore Park ground was softer than ideal for his horses so they were sent to the Teme Valley meeting at Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire.

Jack Joner, Ocean Venture, George Reid and Iberico were battling for the lead on the final bend in the Restricted.

But Charlie Dando gave Iberico a well-timed run that carried them into the lead approaching the last.

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