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Williams closing on the crown
8:00am Thursday 7th June 2012 in Sport
A double for Jane Williams at Monday’s Albrighton Woodland meeting at Chaddesley Corbett put her rider in prime position to land the Ladies first national crown.
The Stourbridge rider now holds a five-win advantage over rival Jacqueline Coward with three meetings remaining.
Walkovers rarely happen at point-to-point, howver, as Murphys Fusilier declared for the Members this provided the local star with her first victory of the afternoon.
Williams’ second success came when Surenaga annilhated the opposition in the Ladies Open.
Nine runners lined up for the PPORA 10-years-old and over Club Members race with the Yorkshire raider Laertes leading for much of the contest.
The leader folded tamely at the third from home where Harry Phillips produced Maletton with a well-timed run to edge past his rivals before drawing clear on the run to the judge.
Shouldhaveknownbetter in the Men’s Open eased to victory after rival Mr Gossip jinxed the wrong side of a marker at the end of the home straight.
Dave Mansell’s mount was left in a clear lead at this point and continued to maintain a three to four length advantage for the remainder of the contest.
The West Midland season finished with a 17-runner Maiden race.
On Jubilee weekend it looked as though there would be an appropriate winner as HRH The Princess Royal’s Fiddle Faddle moved into a challenging position at the 13th, but having jumped perfectly up to that point he made his first mistake and paid the penalty.
Olly Murphy and One Wish had been prominent from the start and still held the call over their rivals as they departed the back straight.
Cloudy Coma and Cooleys Flyer both moved into challenging positions on the home turn but the winner kept up his relentless gallop and had 15-lengths to spare at the post.
The West Midland Area Club race saw Nobby Kivambo sent off favourite under Mark Wall but he was never jumping with his normal enthusiasm and was being scrubbed along at halfway.
Midnight King and Peter Mann took control with half-a-mile to run and had a useful lead as they straightened up for home.
Nobby Kivambo and Murphys Fusilier tried to make inroads down the straight but Midnight King kept pulling out extra.