THE action started at Bangor-on-Dee last Saturday with the Children's Pony Stakes and a decisive win for nine-year-old Olivia Corbett of Tilston, riding Willow.
Racing proper, enjoyed by a crowd of 5,661, began with the Hill Dickinson Novices' Hurdle Race and a pillar-to-post five-length victory for 9-2 shot Kadoun, ridden by Richard Johnson.
Atum Re provided Johnson with a quick double in the Warwick International Novices' Steeplechase as the 11-10 favourite led two out and galloped clear of Poitiers by six lengths on the run-in.
Ardashir, ridden by Carl Llewellyn and sent off at 7-1, took the lead two from home in the Moors Andrew Thomas Handicap Hurdle Race to win by five lengths from Holland Park.
Four horses were almost in a line entering the final straight of the Kronospan Handicap Steeplechase and 20-1 outsider Ivanoph, ridden by Christian Williams, and Tom's Prize battled towards the finishing line, but Ivanoph won of three lengths.
Mullensgrove built up a clear lead on the final circuit of the Jane McAlpine Memorial Hunters' Steeplechase and the 12-1 shot was 14 lengths ahead of reluctant starter Omi Cosmo Touch at the finishing post.
There were several horses with winning chances as the Her Grace, Anne, Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Hurdle Race unfolded. However, the 16-1 chance Speed Venture got the advantage jumping the last hurdle in front to win by three-anda-half lengths.
Johnson recorded a treble in the final race, the Hill Dickinson Novices' Hurdle Division II. The 7-2 shot, Breknen le Noir, set the pace and won by half a length having gamely fought off a late challenge from Fenix and Dickensbury Lad. The Cheshire Hunt point-to-point was staged at Alpraham last Sunday. Raiseapearl, owned by Alan Williams of Faddiley and ridden by Ian Clyde, won the Members, Subscribers and Farmers Race.
Richard Francis, who runs a horse transport business from Carden, was the winning owner and trainer of Wandering Light, ridden by Tessa Clarke, with a decisive six-length victory in the Ladies' Open.
The Men's Open Race resulted in an eight-length win for Border Run, partnered by Stuart Ross of Alpraham.
Eaton Hall, near Chester, is the venue for the Wynnstay point-to-point on Sunday. The meeting has attracted 174 entries and racing begins at 2pm. Admission is £20 per car.
On Tuesday, the North West Racing Club is holding a Flat Season Preview in the Leverhulme Stand at Chester Racecourse. Admission, including refreshments, is £5 and the preview begins at 7.45pm.