Melton Hunts Club hosts finale to Midlands point-to-point season

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The curtain came down on the Midlands point-to-point season with the Melton Hunts Club meeting at Garthorpe.

Kelly Morgan teamed up with leading Garthorpe horse Lough Inch for a fourth win at the course in the Fisher German Midlands Area Club race.

Lough Inch beat The King Of Angels, the best turned out horse, by three lengths with Zaffarans Scene in third.

The win sealed the Lady rider and Novice rider Championship for the Waltham rider.

Lough Inch trainer Tom Morgan and owner Liz Harris completed a double later in the afternoon when the five-year-old Tulsa finished alone in the Four, Five and Six-Year-Olds Open Maiden race over two-and-a-half miles.

Tom said: “He will go out in the field now ready for next year. There is going to be a party tonight in the Royal Horseshoes!”

Jockey Tom Strawson already had the men’s title in the bag at the start of racing, but extended his lead.

He took his tally for the season to 10 winners when teaming up with owner Roger Jackson for a double with Lord Golan in the Open Maiden race and Gonalston Cloud in the Mixed Open.

Gonalston Cloud now heads the Midlands leading horse standings after his fifth win.

* She’s Real, owned by John Chatfeild-Roberts and ridden by son Tom, claimed the Leading Mare award with an easy win in the TBA Club Member’s race For Mares and Fillies.

Lady Vicstar finished second for local trainers Andrew Sansome and Susie Tarry.

* Lady Vicstar’s rider Jonny Bailey went one better in the opening Melton Hunt Club Members’ Conditions race when Proximo returned to form, beating Edgar Henry by six lengths.

Proximo came to challenge Edgar Henry three fences from home and outjumped him two out, drawing clear on the run-in. The early leader Picaroon was third.

* The closest finish of the day came in the Restricted race when Wood Park beat Treacyswestcounty by a neck.

Part And Parcel was third for the Tommy Morgan team.

The Garthorpe 2015 race season concludes with the Meynell and South Staffordshire Point-to-Point on Saturday, May 30.