Hart still has title in sights as she mounts a late challenge

Dabinett Moon and Claire Hart on their way to victory at Whitfield. Photo: Neale Blackburn, www.chasdog.com
Dabinett Moon and Claire Hart on their way to victory at Whitfield. Photo: Neale Blackburn, www.chasdog.com

Claire Hart will keep up her pursuit of the ladies’ point-to-point championship after Dabinett Moon landed the weekend spoils at Whitfield.

At Sunday’s Farmers Bloodhounds meeting, the Ladies Open had the smallest field of the day with just three going to post.

But it attracted the stars of the show, both equine and human, in the form of 24-time winner Start Royal and reigning ladies champion Gina Andrews, as well as the prolific mare Dabinett Moon with Hart – who is chasing hard in this year’s title race – on board.

The third runner, Little Legend, a winner of 14 starts himself, made most before being joined by Start Royal at the fourth last. As they came down the hill, Dabinett Moon quickened into the lead.

She soon went four lengths clear and, despite Start Royal rallying on the run-in, held on to win by one and a half lengths, with Little Legend 20 lengths back.

Owner Christopher Marriott said: “We bred her, we train her and we ride her at home.

“She’s a star and she’s so much stronger this year. It’s just lovely having her.”

Immediate plans are to run at Kingston Blount in a fortnight, although she may go back under Rules with Charlie Longsdon in a bid to gain some ‘black type’.

Hart confirmed that she hasn’t given up on her title challenge. She said: “I’m going to keep trying. I’ve got a couple at home that haven’t run yet.”

Full report in this week’s Banbury Guardian.