POINT-TO-POINT: Lacey and Roach unleash two potential stars at the Berkeley

Local point-to-pointing

Local point-to-pointing

First published in Sport

FRANCES POOLE and One To Note caused a major surprise when beating the odds-on favourite Ned The Post in the Members' Race at the Berkeley point-to-point (Woodford) on Saturday afternoon.

Our Joicey led for much of the contest before they were joined by Ned The Post turning back towards home. George Humphreys' mount got the better of the battle with Our Joicey approaching two out, where One To Note was breathing down their necks in third.

Miss Poole produced her mount with a well timed run to challenge Ned The Post between the final two fences and it appeared the more experienced partnership might gain the day.

There was little between the two horses at the final obstacle but One To Note’s jockey maintained her composure and drove her mount out for a half-length success.

This was a first success for Frampton Cotterell-based Poole, 23, from just a handful of rides and was a shot in the arm for those small stables who provide the backbone of the sport.

The first and last races were won by horses who have bright futures at a much higher level.

Tom Lacey had sold two of his winning point-to-pointers at Cheltenham Sales the previous day, and will no doubt repeat this policy with Mr Dinosaur who took the 4 & 5-year-old Maiden with astonishing ease.

Auckland De Re and the favourite had the race to themselves all the way up the home straight before Mr Dinosaur sauntered home to win with his head in his chest.

Graeme Roach's colours are familiar at all the major racing festivals and he looks to have a useful prospect on his hands judging by It’s A Close Call's performance in the three-mile Maiden.

The horse’s SP had drifted before the start of the race, which was a little disconcerting but his supporters never had a moment concern in the race itself.

With just My Alfie for company in the closing stages Will Biddick's mount strode clear with a ground devouring stride up the run-in to win by 20 lengths.

“You could have held on to him a bit longer to make a race of it,” joked connections afterwards, to which the jockey replied: “I couldn’t go any slower.”

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