WELSH raiders managed to win four of the seven races at Holnicote, which was the site for the second of two meetings held there when the Minehead Harriers and West Somerset held their annual meet.

The opening race, the Hunt race, gave 24-year-old Sean Graham a first win on his very first point to point ride when he made virtually all the running aboard Bay to Go, trained by his partner Abigail Lewis at Cheddar Gorge.

The biggest field of the day of 11 horses took part in the Open Maiden and it seemed that Richard Barber’s Doyoumind was going to score until he unseated his rider Martin McIntyre at the second last.

This left IveBeentold and Redmond Hall to duel approaching the last until Nick Lawton produced Gask Ridge to lead on the run-in to prevail by a neck from Redmond Hall.

There was a surprise result in the Novice Riders’ race when the most successful horse in the country William Money was beaten by High Hatton, ridden by Jack Tudor, by eight lengths.

Always prominent, High Hatton gave his rivals a jumping lesson and a day that his 16-year-old rider will never forget.

Brace soon got on the winner mark for the meeting when Pink Eyed Pedro was too good for his three rivals in the Mixed Open race.

In a very slow run race, Pink Eyed Pedro, owned by his grandfather David, had three lengths to spare over Abyaat, ridden by Nick Lawton, and then made it a double for the day aboard Robin des People, again owned by his grandfather in the Conditions Race.

There was a fourth Welsh victory on the day in the Restricted race but this was another turn up when outsider Alottamo, ridden by Ben Jones, stayed on to beat The Quarterjack, ridden by George Hiscock, by four lengths.

Josh Newman was another substitute rider to score on the day as he stood in for the injured McIntyre aboard Ed and Claire Hitch’s Cona River in the Intermediate race.

Setting off in front his jumping after the first few fences was excellent and despite being challenged by Sixteen Letters, ridden by Will Biddick, over the final two fences he still had two lengths in hand at the winning post.