3:47pm Tuesday 12th June 2012
Local jockey John Mathias reigned supreme picking up three superb wins at Trecoed, near Fishguard, in the annual Pembrokeshire Hunt point to point steeplechase meeting on Saturday.
Mathias won the Restricted race on 'Zolas Zewel’, Men’s Open aboard ‘Misamon’ and completed the treble in the Open Maiden steering home ‘Minellaformarriage’.
He also finished second on Carnmore Star in the Intermediate race that was won by Rachel King aboard ‘Tally fair’.
The 21-year-old has ridden 25 winners this season, bringing his career total to an incredible 125 point-to-point victories during his successful career so far.
Speaking to Telegraph Sport Mathias was asked whether he was expecting to win any races at the Trecoed meeting?
Mathias said: “Not at all. I was confident that Misamon could win the open, he’s a really nice horse, but winning the other two were nice surprises. They handled the track and the Pembrokeshire air beautifully and that was that.”
Asked whether Mathias would like to pursue a career as jockey Mathias added: “I’m too heavy to ride as a professional. I’ll keep going at point to point as long as I’m enjoying it. My aim after riding is to one day become a trainer, but that’s in the future.”
Top racehorse trainer Peter Bowen and wife Karen had a good day. Darach Skelly rode their horse ‘Dunbrodie House’ to victory in the Members race, also James Bowen won the Open pony race aboard ‘Push The Button’.
Bowen’s Triple Topham Chase winner ‘Always Waining’ was also paraded in the paddock.
Pembrokeshire Hunt Members, Steeplechase
1, Dunbrodie House (owned by Mrs K Bowen) Darach Skelly; 2, Makena (owned by Mr D Evans & Alan Johns) Alan Johns; 3, Paradise Point (owned by Llancefn Racing Wyn Morris) Nathan Deakin.
Distance: 10 lengths. Time: 6.34.
1, Zolas Jewel (owner Mr M Cole) John Mathias; 2, Knight Blaze (owner Mr D Brace); 3, Saalback (owner K Salter).
Distance: 8 lengths. Time: 6.22.
1, Misamon (owner Mrs J Mathias & T Nicholas) John Mathias; 2, Major Decision (owner Mr D Rees) Wayne Maskill; 3, Tom Bach (owner Mr H Evans) Nathan Deakin.
Distance: 3 lengths. Time: 6.20.
1, Minellaformarriage (owner Mr N Thomas) John Mathias; 2, Alive On arrival (owner Mr D Davies and Mr J Davies) Mathew Barber; 3, Bred To Win (owner Mrs S Farr) Emily Farr.
Distance: By distance. Time: 6.21
1, Red Watch (owner Mr L Price) ; 2, Little Miss Monty (owner Mrs S Farr) Emily Farr; 3, Chestnut Annie (owner Miss H E Roberts).
Distance: 1 length. Time: 6.18.
1, Tally Fair (owner Mr T Underwood) Rachel King; 2, Carnmore Star (owner Miss S Butler) John Mathias; 3, Freedom Of Choice (owner Mr M David) T David.
Distance 12 lengths. Time: 6.21.
128 cms Open Pony Race
(9-16 years - 5 furlongs flat)
1, Silaz (owner L Morgan) Simon Morgan; 2, Bugsy (owner J Tudor) Jack Tudor.
138cms Open Pony Race
(9-16 years - 7 furlongs flat)
1, Push The Button (owner Karen Bowen) James Bowen; 2, Pennway Tap Dance (owner Mr & Mrs CJ Williams) Lorcan Williams; 3, Molly (owner Beth Williams) George Blackwell.
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