Mollington Races – Saturday 8th April 2017
The first of the Mollington Race Meets home to the Warwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point, took place last Saturday near Banbury. Mollington racecourse is an undulating track with four long extensive bends, and a tough uphill finish providing a real test for the competitors. Mollington Races have a good reputation for attracting quality fields, and thus making the racing really exciting! Days before the meet Clerk of the Course, Ken Hutsby, reported that the course was in excellent condition with plenty of grass covering and that the going was Good. This year’s meet didn’t disappoint, with six point to point races and a huge screen displaying the ever legendary Grand National at Aintree, the day was fun filled and exhilarating!
William Powell’s Kristian Gray, owned by Mark & Christine Osborne and ridden by Mr Sam Lee, exceeded expectations in a very competitive Open Race by finishing third behind the winner by no more than a couple of lengths. Bearing in mind Kristian Gray was carrying a stone heavier than his fellow competitors due to a penalty gained from Winning at Leicester Racecourse a few weeks ago. It looked to be a close contest as the first three were over the last fence at the same time!
William Powell was proud to support the third race of the afternoon, The William Powell Ladies Open for another year, whereby a field of seven undertook the arduous course. Beggar’s Velvet (7-1) ran superbly to beat Current Exchange (12-1) by a couple of lengths, beautifully ridden by Amy Cox.
Mollington Racecourse will open its gates again on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May 2017. The meet will be composed of seven point to point races and a parade of hounds in the main ring. There will be a variety of trade stands, a bar, refreshments, children’s attractions and you can place your bets with the bookmakers. A fantastic day out for the whole family, including the dog, with many choosing to picnic if the sun shines; and don’t forget, children go free under the age of 16!