May 2015 Issue - page 7

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
May 2015
Page 7
by Marcella Peyre-Ferry
For the third year in a row,
Grinding Speed has won the
Cheshire Bowl for the Open
Timber Race at the 70th run-
ning of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire
Foxhounds Point to Point Races,
outside Unionville, Pa.
Run on Sunday, March 29,
Cheshire was a good spring tune
up for Grinding Speed, owned by
Michael Wharton and trained by
Alicia Murphy, in his preparation
for the Maryland Hunt Cup.
"He went very well. He
settled in nicely and he gained a
lot of ground jumping the third
from home. He's got a good kick
so he finished out nicely," jockey
Mark Beecher said after his win.
"With jumpers, if they get a good
jump they can give themselves a
breather. I know he's got a good
kick at the end."
This was a good weekend for
Beecher, who rode three winners
on Saturday at Green Spring, then
added two more at Cheshire on
Sunday. In addition to Grinding
Speed, Beecher rode to a win in
the Heavyweight Race on Puller,
owned by Charles C. Fenwick,
Jr., and trained by Todd Wyatt.
"He's a nice horse, he
jumped well," said Beecher who
was riding Puller for the first
time. "We're always happy to be
Cheshire Hunt
Point to Point Races
Grinding Speed, owned by Michael Wharton and ridden by Mark Beecher, won the Open Timber Race
for the third year in a row. It was the 70th anniversary of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds Point to
Point Races held outside Unionville, PA.
Photo by Marcella Peyre-Ferry
able to come up and run here. I
think they do a great job consid-
ering the weather."
Entries were so high for the
Novice race at Cheshire that it
was split and run in two divi-
sions, both of which were won by
Jockey Diana Gillam.
In the first section of the
Novice race, Gillam won on
Prime Prospector for owners
Peter and Sarah Jay and train-
er Todd Wyatt. The race was
decided by a close margin with
Atlantic Ocean coming a close
second for Rosbrian Farm under
Martin Rohan.
"He's a really great jump-
er - he has some flat form and
some hurdles form," Gillam said
after the race. "He ran like a real
professional today, not like a first
time starter by any means. It was
a great pace, tightly bunched the
whole way. It was no sprint from
the last fence. It was a good gal-
lop the whole way around."
Gillam then piloted Catch
The Echo to a win for trainer
Blythe Miller Davies. Catch
The Echo rides under Gerry
Brewster's colors, but the horse
is actually part of a partnership
between Brewster and Jeb and
Emily Hannum.
"The Brewsters of Maryland
and the Hannums in Pennsylva-
nia, we go back many genera-
tions to when our grandfathers
rode against each other in the
Hunt Cup a hundred years ago,"
Brewster said. "We decided it
would be fun to have a Pennsyl-
vania - Maryland partnership and
the Hannums were kind enough
to include me as a partner with
this horse, Catch The Echo. We're
having a lot of fun together."
Brewster is also the solo
owner of Brands Hatch, the
winner of the Foxhunter's Timber
race under rider Adair Bonsal
Stifel for trainer Blythe Miller
Davies. "We've had him for a
while. He's run in the Hunt Cup
twice and unseated his jockey
both times," Brewster said. "That
was the best trip he's ever had, so
maybe he deserves another go at
the Hunt Cup."
Ladies Race
There were five starters for
the Ladies Race that was won by
Sarah Shaffer on Personal Brew,
owned by Irvin S. Naylor and
trained by William S. Meister.
Personal Brew ran most of
the race alone out front until the
rest of the field closed the gap at
the final fences. "He likes to take
the lead and set the pace. Once
he settled, I had a comfortable
pace," Shaffer said. "I had the last
two fences pretty well figured
out. He hit them right in stride
and then I just asked him to move
on to the wire."
Other winners for the day
were Fantastic Song owned by
Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr., and
Brief Holiday, owned by Eliza-
beth Barr, in the two divisions of
the Flat Race. Both horses were
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