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Billyvoddan storms to victory in thrilling final of the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-Point Championship at Cheltenham


Ladies Point-to-Point Final

Horses jump a fence are pictured

Billyvoddan - ridden by Jane Williams - played a clever waiting game to take the grand final of the AGA Ladies' Open Point-to-Point Championship.

After more than two-dozen qualifiers the length of the UK, the end of season showdown at a sun-drenched Cheltenham didn't disappoint.

Top-class rider Williams scored her first victory at the course when the brilliant Billyvoddan - fittingly trained in Shropshire, home of the AGA, by Philip Rowley - was held patiently at the back of the 10-strong field before storming to the front after successfully clearing the last fence.

The race winners are pictured

It was a superb technical ride by Williams. Jubilant at her win, she said: "We were going flat out and then he started overtaking horses. Coming up to the last I thought I was going to win. Then we got to the last and he just powered up the hill."

Runner-up was the ultra-game Upton Springs, a 25-1 outsider trained and riden by Sarah-Jane Davies. Third was Oca de Thaix, who travelled from Pembrokeshire and was ridden by Charlotte Evans.

Jane Williams added: "Winning at Cheltenham is amazing. I have always dreamed of having a winner at this course. Here and Aintree are the pinnacle.

"The AGA-sponsored series has been amazing. People have targeted this race because of the fantastic final. I have an AGA and it's brilliant."

Full results

  1. Billyvoddan, trained by Phillip Rowley, ridden by Jane Williams. 7/1
  2. Upton Springs, trained and ridden by Sarah-Jane Davies. 25/1
  3. Oca De Thaix, trained by W K Goldsworthy, ridden by Charlotte Evans. 7/2
  4. Amicelli, trained and ridden by J Coward. 9/1
  5. Poppy Day, trained and ridden by Joanna Mason. 16/1
  6. Lady Myfanwy, trained by Miles, ridden by Sally Randell. 12/1
  7. Double Mead, trained by K S-Maxwell, ridden by Alex Dunn. 5/2 Fav

PU: Lucky Nellerie and Eliza Doalott

F: Ask Again

10 ran.

Winning time: 6 min 20.9 sec.

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