AGA ladies’ point-to-point championship reaches its climax at Cheltenham

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Wednesday May 2nd at Cheltenham – the home of jump racing – sees the thrilling climax to a season of AGA-sponsored ladies’ point-to-point racing with not one but two championship titles at stake…

A total of 137 horses have qualified to run in the 2012 final and, with this Blue Riband event offering total prize money of £7,500, we expect to attract a bumper entry and to see a strong field line-up. Entries closed at 12 noon on April 26th.

AGA BillyvoddanAGA BillyvoddanCan Jane Williams and Billyvodan clinch the title for the second year in a row or will there be a new AGA ladies’ open champion?

Alongside racing for a place in the Cheltenham final, riders have also been competing for an AGA Total Control cooker worth almost £10,000. As it stands, going into the last race at the home of jump racing, Claire Hart leads the field with 50 points, with reigning champion Jane Williams in second on 46 points and five others still in with a chance of being the ultimate winner.

Claire Hart, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire : Points 50
Likely ride Lady Myfanwy
“I can’t sleep, I am so excited. I am living, eating, sleeping and dreaming
this AGA. I hope Lady Myfanwy can carry me up that hill to victory.”

Jane Williams, Enville, Staffordshire : Points 46
Likely ride Billyvoddan
“Billyvoddan has been laid out for a repeat win and it looks like Claire
now stands between me and a post-hunting roast on an AGA.”

Jacqueline Coward, Dalby, North Yorkshire : Points 34
Likely ride Amicelli
“What a great competition. This is so exciting and I’m hoping my ‘teenager’
can fly up that hill and help me win the prize for Yorkshire.”

Hannah Lewis, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire : Points 34
Likely ride Rathcor or Cannon Bridge
“The AGA is within touching distance, although it looks like my best pal Claire could have got first run on me.”

Sam Drake, Guisely, Yorkshire : Points 34
Likely ride Unowatimeen
“There has been a sustained buzz with this championship and a prize like this makes all those cold mornings worthwhile.”

Gina Andrews, Luton, Bedfordshire : Points 34
Likely ride To be confirmed
“The best horses and the top lady riders will be there as we all love a
spin round Cheltenham and the prize is fantastic.”

Bridget Andrews, Luton, Bedfordshire : Points 32
Likely ride Maranach
“I have given myself a fighting chance and there is an extra edge because I
will be lining up against my sister at the home of jump racing.”

Source: Mabel Gray

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