Belvoir point-to-point: Favourites clean up at Garthorpe

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The Belvoir Point-to-Point took place at Garthorpe on Sunday where 47 runners took part in seven races.

It was a good day for favourite backers, but not the bookmakers as all seven market leaders obliged.

The feature Mixed Open race went to Richard Russell’s Gunmoney, ridden by his son John and trained by Gerald Bailey. The 10-year-old dominated to beat Realt Ag Leimt, who put in his best run this season, with Gallant Nuit in third.

Gerald Bailey also saddled the Restricted race winner with Fearthedark. Rider Alex Vaughan-Jones survived a mistake at the last to beat the promising Tommy Morgan-trained five-year-old Shutthebackdoor.

Morgan’s Waltham-based team had visited the winners’ enclosure earlier on when Lough Inch and Kelly Morgan put in another bold front-running display to take the Garthorpe Hunts Club Members’ race.

Owner Lizzie Harris said the long-term goal is the PPORA Club Members Novice Riders’ Series Final at Tabley on Sunday, May 17.

The afternoon started with the PPORA Members’ race where former Belvoir Point-to-Point secretary James Henderson’s Otto The Great took the spoils.

Harry Burt and Murphy’s Promise came with a strong challenge close to home and Fred Henderson had to pull out all the stops to get Otto’s neck in front at the line.

Roger Jackson’s Gonalston Cloud increased his lead in the Midlands Area leading horse championships with a decisive win in the Intermediate race, beating Carrigkerry and Page Fuller by 20 lengths. Love Manhattan was third.

Strawson leads the Midlands area standings, but his afternoon did not end so well when his saddle slipped on No Alterations in the Memorial Open Maiden race which was won by Chris Bealby’s Dream Mistress who gave rider Fred Henderson a double. Danni Martt finished second on Pommier d’Estruval.

The Open Maiden race for four, five, six and seven-year-olds was won by Haughton’s Bridge who was given a confident ride by Dicky Collinson.

Sirius Star and Jonny Bailey finished second, with Speed Lord and Jack Day in third.