Spring Steeplechase Season Builds Momentum with Piedmont Hounds Point-to-Point

Just Wait and See (Ire) won the Rokeby Challenge Bowl Open Timber at the Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point. Just Wait and See is an early nomination to The Maryland Hunt Cup. Photo by Liz Callar.

Saturday’s second point-to-point of the spring steeplechase season boasted four timber races and three flat races and enjoyed warm weather and crystal-clear skies for the horsemen in attendance.

The Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point, held on the Salem Course in Upperville, Va, ran 31 horses over the course. Two amateur jockeys earned their first win over fences – Teddy Davies in the Amateur and Novice Rider timber and Chloe Hannum in the Lady Rider timber. Piedmont also offered the first Virginia Bred, Sired, or Certified flat race of the season with a purse of $2,000.

McLane Hendriks and Indian Hawk (Ire) kicked off the first race, The George Robert Slater Memorial Maiden Timber, with a win by a length over Chris Gracie and Include It. The nine-year-old gelding is owned by Irv Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy. This is his first run over timber after spending 2018 and 2019 running over hurdles.

Amateur rider Teddy Davies picked up his first win over fences in the C. Reed Thomas, MFH Memorial Amateur and Novice Rider Timber. He rode mom Blythe Miller Davies’ Coastal Moon to the win over Chris Gracie and Hafajay (GB). Teddy’s dad, Joe Davies, trains the ten-year-old gelding, making the win a great family celebration. Teddy was a participant in the 2019 TGSF Young Rider Domestic Trip. Congratulations to Teddy – we look forward to seeing many more wins in the future.

Amateur rider Chloe Hannum also picked up her first win over fences on Saturday, riding Adlestrop Hill’s Cocodimama to the win in The Thomas M. Beach and Virginia A. Beach Memorial Lady Rider Timber. It was a tight race to the finish with fellow amateur riders Erin Swope (riding Bridge Builder) and Skylar McKenna (riding Aggressive (Ire)). Chloe’s mom, Emily Hannum, trains the twelve-year-old gelding, who won by a length and a quarter. Chloe attended the 2019 TGSF Developing Rider trip to Ireland and said she is “very excited. Definitely inspired by Rachel Blackmore.” Chloe met the leading jockey from last week’s Cheltenham Festival during that trip.

Chloe Hannum hugs Cocodimama after a win in the Lady Rider timber. Photo by Douglas Lees

Kinross Farm’s strapping twelve-year-old gelding, Just Wait and See (Ire) romped to victory in the Rokeby Challenge Bowl Open Timber. Chris Gracie had the ride for trainer Richard Valentine. Just Wait and See is an early nomination to The Maryland Hunt Cup.

Trainer Richard Valentine and jockey Cloe Hannum both picked up their second wins of the day with Flora Hannum’s Paddy’s Crown in The Hilary Hitchen Bateman Memorial Maiden Flat. The eight-year-old grey lead throughout and won easily over a field seven.

Jockey Graham Watters and trainer Neil Morris teamed up to win both of the final flat races. Watters piloted Noble Stables’ Onarock to a two length victory in the Col. Richard Henry Dulany Memorial Open Flat. He followed that up with a win on the familiar Virginia-bred gelding, Vincent Van Gogo, in the VHBPA Flat race for Virginia Bred, Sired or Certified horses. Flying Elvis Stable owns the six-year-old gelding, who brought his record in the VHBPA flat races to three wins, four seconds, and a third place finish since 2019.

Willie White, Sara Katz and Colin Smith accepting their awards as the winning team. Colin was a participant in the 2019 TGSF Young Rider Domestic Trip, while Willie attending both the 2004 and 2005 Domestic trips. Photo by Robert Keller

The historic Foxhall Farm Cup Team Chase was hosted this year by the Elkridge-Harford Hunt at the Andor Farm in Monkton, Md. Twenty four teams of three or four horses ran over the four mile course. The enormous Foxhall Farm Cup (Carol Fenwick photo, above) was presented to the team of three riders who navigated the course the fastest and jumped all the larger fence options. Many top timber horses ran over the course on Sunday, including Maryland Hunt Cup early nominees Le Chevalier, Mystic Strike, Drift Society and Grand Manan.

Fittingly, a team from the Elkridge-Harford Hunt took home the Foxhall Cup this year. The team consisted of:

  • Forever Bernardini, owned by Lucy A. Goelet, ridden by Colin Smith
  • Diamond Drive, owned by Lucy A. C. Howard, ridden by Sara Katz
  • Night Sounds, owned by Elizabeth McKnight, ridden by Willie White

Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point Results: centralentryoffice.com/results.aspx

Foxhall Farm Cup Team Chase Results: centralentryoffice.com/results.aspx

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