Throwback Thursday

The circuit rolls through Ben Venue Farm for the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point Saturday for three sanctioned races and perhaps eight unsanctioned races. We entered seven.

Fifty years ago, it went like this (courtesy of the Steeplechasing in America)…

The second of the Point-to-Points to be run over the Glenwood Park Course was on April 6th. It was a good meeting with well filled races. If any complaints were heard it was about the weatherman, who saw fit to ignore the calendar and arranged a typical March-biting wind for the afternoon.

Rokeby Stables’ good timber topper Chapel Street made his 1974 bow in the three and a half mile Leeds Manor. Never far from the front end, the Paul Mellon homebred took command under “Paddy” Neilson after the early stages and won nicely leaving Minaccia and four others in his wake.

The Old Dominion, another timber event for owner-riders, brought Roy “Tennessee” Graham home first on Boca Bird. It didn’t win him leading honors in the Seven Corners competition, but it did bring him into a tie for second place with Ernie Oare and his Allen B.J.

The program included three hurdle races. Following spectacular falls late in the first of these, Willie McCormick came on to win with David “Zeke” Ferguson’s Rated M. The next one went to George Strawbridge, Jr., who literally “galloped” to capture The Big Cobbler aboard his New Zealand import, Celtic Song III. Sally Caldwell, on Mrs. Samuel Bogley’s Gran Vital, defeated Battle Ripple in the ladies event, and then the versatile nineteen-year-old miss won again in the next, a flat race, with Colony Bound for the Bruce Millers.