A triple bill of point-to-point meetings in west Wales is bound to delight racing fans this month.

First up is the Llandeilo Farmers meeting on April 4th at Erw Lon, Pencader, first race 2pm.

The South Pembrokeshire Hunt will hold its traditional Easter Monday meeting on April 13th at Lydstep, followed by a return to Tenby six days later on April 19th for the Tivyside Hunt point-to-point. Racing at both meetings starts at 1pm.

The Tivyside and Llandeilo meetings were both saved by last-minute changes of venue after the usual course at Cilwendeg, Boncath was brought under TB restrictions.

Hoping to continue his good form this season will be Pembrokeshire’s own John Mathias, who won four of the seven races at the Carmarthenshire point-to-point meeting at Erw Lon.

Making up for a disappointing start to the season, Pembrokeshire College mechanical engineering student John showed why he was last season’s area champion jockey.

John’s father Philip, based in Manobier, trained the first winner, Tokpela in the opening hunt members’ race.

John went on to ride three more winners, teaming up twice with owner and trainer Dai Rees, of Clarbeston Road, and proving that a summer away riding out at licensed trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard has had real benefits.

There was also plenty for local people to celebrate at the Vale of Clettwr point-to-point.

Lucy Pearse-Rowsell, of Laugharne, regained her jockey’s licence just days before the meeting at Erw Lon, after breaking her shoulder last season, but signalled her return by taking the opening race aboard Seaforde, trained by Robert Luke, of Clarbeston Road.

Carmarthen’s Dai Jones came back into the winner’s enclosure after taking the first division open maiden race on Divine Delorme, whose Pembrokeshire trainer Marc Barber opted to ride stable-mate The Sniper.

The men’s open was taken by odds-on favourite Ballycassidy, from Peter Bowen’s stables in Little Newcastle.

The most competitive race of the day, with four in with a shout with two left to jump, but Ben Poste drove the winner home by a couple of lengths from Dai Rees’ Kisha King.