Cousins Make a Point

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Cousins Rhys Flint, 15, and Connor Flint, 10, both from the Bridgend area, landed the two pony races staged at the Mid Devon Point-To-Point at Black Forest Lodge on Saturday.

Rhys, son of Kenfig Hill permit holder John Flint, kept his unbeaten record aboard his six-year-old Tipsy Flint in the Sandy Park Inn race for 13.3 hh to 14.2 hh ponies. Connor - whose father Robert also trains racehorses - having his first ride in public, made nearly all the running on his Stambrook Marquesa to land the Oinkers Farm Shop race for under 13.2hh ponies.

Two other Welsh riders, Bradley Gibbs riding BWL Girl, and Rachel Leyshon on Stockham Mayday, also took part, with Bradley finishing third in the former race and Rachel a close fourth in the latter event.

Last year, Rhys and Tipsy Flint won the first final of the Charles Owen pony race series at Aintree and such is their fame they now get invited to meetings throughout the country.

Rhys just can't wait until next season when he will be old enough to compete in point-to-points and rides out at weekends and during his school holidays for trainer David Brace. Connor is a pupil of Cornelli Primary School.

In the ladies' open race, Longstone Boy from the South Pembrokeshire, partnered by Charlotte Tizzard, was beaten five lengths by Sailor's Folly, ridden by ladies' champion Polly Gundry.

Former Cardiff and Abertillery rugby player Ian Brice saw his improving She's Our Native land her third race on the trot when winning the featured mares only handicap hurdle race at Ludlow last week. …