POINT-TO-POINT: Phillips clan race to a Siddington double
Updated 6:38pm Tuesday 25th March 2014 in Sport
Pegasus Club Members' Race: Winning rider Barnaby Shaw, left, Chris Graham of race sponsor Moore Allen & Innocent of Cirencester, and Peter Kenworthy-Browne, right, a former president of The Pegasus Club
THE PHILLIPS family have a long association with the V.W.H. Point-to-Point and they saw their colours win the first two races at Siddington on Saturday.
Moorland Sunset was well supported in the Members and Nick Phillips had the seven-year-old jumping impeccably throughout the three-mile contest before his lead over the final two fences.
Moorland Sunset carries the colours of the rider’s mother Scilla and was the first leg of a double for Elizabeth Brown who has taken over the training duties at the Phillips’ farm near Bibury.
Thirty five minutes later and it was a case of déjà vu when connections made their second appearance in the winners' enclosure following Forget Bob’s victory in the Confined.
Forget Bob gained a precious length at the penultimate fence and looked to have the race in safe keeping, but a mistake at the last obstacle cost him momentum and he was all out to hold his rival’s challenges on the flat.
Bridgnorth trainer Phil Rowley and jockey Alex Edwards took the Mixed Open with De Forgotten Man.
Straightening up for home, top point rider Mark Wall from Coln Rogers and Numbercruncher were still fending off the attentions of De Forgotten Man, but Edwards' mount hit the front at the 16th before coasting clear in the final half mile to win by 15 lengths.
Connections had the winner in training with Martin Keighley under Rules at Condicote but having fallen in his final three outings over the bigger fences Rowley was given the task of restoring his reputation.
The Rowley/Edwards double was completed in the Maiden, when Mor Brook raced to an easy success.
Edwards was impressed saying: “I’ve never sat on such an easy winner."
London barrister Barnaby Shaw enjoyed the taste of success twice at Saturday’s Siddington Point-to-Point, picking up the Bar Challenge Cup for owning the winner in the fifth race, and a crate of beer for riding Bravery Scotch to victory in the Pegasus Club Members' Race.
Shaw and Bravery Scotch romped home in an event which is unique in point-to-point racing, as it is open only to members of the The Pegasus Club – a members' club for legal professionals formed in 1895 – or their spouses or descendants.
Shaw, a member of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt who had his first ride in 2012 at the age of 41, bought Bravery Scotch a year ago from Worcester-based trainer Zoe Hammond.
He won his first race on Bravery Scotch back in February, at the confined race at North Carlton.
The trophy was presented by land agent Chris Graham of race sponsor Moore Allen & Innocent of Cirencester, and Peter Kenworthy-Browne, a former president of The Pegasus Club.
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