BEN VENUE, Va.--The Hundred Acre Field's Cracker Factory, trained by Mark Beecher and ridden by Brett Owings, won easily by 9 lengths in the Amateur and Novice Rider 3 mile Timber race at Old Dominion Point-to-Point on April 9.
"It was a very brisk pace," said Beecher. "Willy's horse, Broken Force, set the pace and was about 20 lengths clear at times. Brett just sat last, and then began to pick his way through horses. He caught Willy's horse at the second to last fence and went on to win by 9 very easily."
"Cracker Factory did two steeplethons last year that we used as a learning tool to transition him from hurdles to timber," said Beecher. "I don't like to rush horses. He was second first time out this year at Piedmont. He'll probably go to the maiden race at the Grand National."
Broken Force, trained by Willy Dowling, stayed on for second in the five horse field.
Todd Wyatt saddled two winners, Bruton Street-US' Agravain (GB), ridden by Tom Garner in the 2 mile Maiden Hurdle, who won by a head over Economic Policy, trained by David Bourke, and Wyatt then had Riverdee Stable's Lonely Weekend, ridden by Garner, win the Open Timber by 1 1/2 lengths over Paddy's Crown, trained by Emily Hannum.
"Agravain won a flat race for us a couple of years ago," said Wyatt. "He was coming off an injury,and that was his first hurdle race."
"Lonely Weekend won over hurdles at the Gold Cup a couple of years ago," said Wyatt. "That was his first timber race."
KNOCKHOLT, owned by PathFinder Racing, trained by Neil Morris and ridden by Parker Hendriks, won the Amateur/Novice Hurdle by a head over Amschel, trained by Cyril Murphy, and Connagh;s Quay, owned by Mrs. George Ohrstrom, trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Barry Foley, won the Maiden Hurdle by 3/4 length over Caughtmeonacamera, trained by Keri Brion.
Turbo Drive, owned by Irv Naylor, trained by Murphy and ridden by Foley, won the Maiden Hurdle by 4 1/2 lengths over Kicking Myself (Ire), trained by Brion, while Razoul, owned by Del Rio Chasers, trained by Kate Dalton and ridden by Bernie Dalton, won by 3/4 length over State of Affair, trained by Wyatt.
Brion saddled Naylor's French Light (Fr), ridden by Hendriks, to win the Novice Rider Flat race, and Julie Gomena saddled Over Creek Stables' Post War, ridden by Ross Geraghty, to win the Virginia bred Flat race.