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Flint's winning streak can continue with top new rides.

When Kenfig Hill's Rhys Flint took up pony racing a couple of years ago, he soon made a name for himself by winning the Charles Owen feature race at Aintree Racecourse on two occasions riding his prolific pony Tipsy Flint. Earlier this year, at the Gelligaer Farmers meeting, he rode his first point-to-point winner in just six rides when landing the mixed open race on his father John's Bobosh.

Not content to wait for the start of the new point-to-point season, horse mad Rhys has been competing on the Arabian horse racing circuit and just missed out on winning the novice riders' championship, riding seven winners to Katie James's total of eight.

Rhys will be riding Bobosh again this coming season and another horse his father is preparing for him to ride is Iris's Prince, a nine-year-old chestnut gelding, by Gunner B-Colonial Princess, and a winner at Fontwell last February. A former winning hurdler, and a winner of a bumper, Iris's Prince will probably have an early start to the season.

Mr Flint, who trains that good flat performer Right Option, originally bought Iris's Prince to run in point-to-points, but because the horse wasn't qualified at the time he had to run him under rules.

Haverfordwest's Mathew Barber and the Vale of Glamorgan's Robbie Llewellyn, both well-known in pony racing circles, will be old enough to ride in point-to-points next year.

Mathew, younger brother of Marc who won the national novice point-to-point riders title in 2002, will be partnering his own horse Derring Dove who in January will be 16 - just a year younger than his rider! He will also be riding Governer's Choice for Dai Evans.

Mathew has had plenty of work experience riding out for Dai Rees and has also spent part of his school holidays with Leominster trainer Richard Lee.

Robbie, who has been gaining good riding experience at Evan Williams's Llancarfan yard, will be riding two horses for his mother Anne. They are Orbicularis, an 11-year-old who won two handicap hurdles at Exeter in 2003 and at Stratford in 2004 when trained by Alison Thorpe, and a six-year-old called Ship To Shore.

Deano Coleman, who has been riding out for last season's leading lady trainer Abbi Vaughan, could come in for some nice rides as Abbi appears to have some nice horses in her yard. These include Sam's Lad, Up The Boreen, Pure Palatial, Monsier Delage, Rathling Island, Silver Storey, Apocalozzo and Young Will. But more about Abbi and her charges later. Meanwhile, Evan Williams saddled his 200th winner when Lake Imperial scored at Warwick last Monday. Lee Stephens from Merthyr was also successful on Snargate a 40-1 outsider in a field of just four runners.

At Hereford on Sunday, Evan Williams's Warrior Drive took the beginners' chase and Lake Imperial, running for the second time in six days, won the handicap chase.

You can email your point-to-point prospects to Brian Lee at leebrian@btinternet.com
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 13, 2007
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