Winning lady's last race.
LADY Myfanwy, one of huntracing's most popular and prolific point-to-pointers, has run her last race.
She finished fourth at the recent Golden Valley meeting and Merthyr farrier Paul Miles, who owns the 13-year-old mare which is trained by his wife Myfanwy, told me that the Pocket Rocket, as she was dubbed, is in foal to the French-bred Arvico, who was a winner on the flat and over hurdles in France.
Lady Myfanwy won 30 point-topoint races and five hunter chases. She was placed in many of her other races.
In some 90 races, she fell only on one occasion and was brought down on another.
Bought by the Miles's for just PS500 at Leominster Market as a threeyear-old, she won the national young horse award on two occasions and was a dual winner of the Interbrands (Europe) Ladies' championship at Stratford.
Asked what he thought was her best ever performance, Paul said winning the 2008 Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow Racecourse before a large Welsh crowd, was certainly a memorable one.
In an exciting finish on that occasion, she beat Minsgill Mans and Chesnut Annie, another prolific winner.
Lady Myfanwy had a number of different riders during her esteemed racing career and Paul believes that the mare helped to further the careers of riders such as Rhys Flint, Alice Smith-Maxwell, Claire Hart, Sally Randell, Ann Stirling and Hannah Lewis.
Paul and Myfanwy certainly know how to train horses.
Their other horse, Findlay's Find, has raced more than 40 times in the last three years and has already won 20 races.
The most recent was at Lower Machen where the eight-year-old chestnut gelding had another prolific point-to-pointer, Rosies Peacock, trailing in his wake.
Meanwhile, congratulations to Welsh rider Tom David, who recently rode a winner at two different meetings on the same day!
Tom won on David Brace's Bringinthebranston at the Grafton meeting at Whitfield and then drove to the Melton Hunt Club meeting at Garthorpe where he scored on the Zara Phillips-trained Master Tim. There cannot be many riders who can claim to have achieved such a feat.
Incidentally, Bringinthebranston was David Brace's 17th winner of the season.
It would have been 18 had his Silver Token not been controversially demoted from first place earlier in the season.
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lady <BMyfanwy and Claire Hart on the way to winning the Ladies Open Race at the Ystrad Taf Fechan Point to Point in April 2012 Alun Sedgmore Sporting Prints