March 25th, 2016 Other

Graham Gibbons, the winning rider, commented: “Volunteer Point is a good filly and seems to be improving with every run.

“She makes everything easy for you.

“Luke (Morris, on the leader Primrose Valley) was coming in on me a bit but I shouted and he took off me.

“I think Mr Haggas’ filly (Cold As Ice, the 4/6 favourite) went wrong, although coming down the hill I felt I had her covered.

“Seven furlongs suits Volunteer Point better because they go a stronger gallop. I know she won over a mile last time but that was in lesser company.

“Mick (Channon) has done a great job with this filly and well done to everybody at home.

“She makes it so easy for you, she’s good from the gate and she travels nicely. Coming down the hill and into the straight I thought I’ve got these covered in front of me.

“She’s got a bit of class, this filly. She’s nice. When they changed the surface here they made it more of an even playing field. You can win anywhere you go, as long as you’re on the best horse.”

The winning trainer Mick Channon said about Volunteer Point, the 4/1 second favourite: “She did it real nice today and has been very consistent. She deserves that and I am delighted for her owners Box 41 who have been with me as long as I have been training.

“It is great to win such a good race and what a crowd. Graham said that she travelled a dream and he just needed that break up the rail which he got.

“He thinks she has improved again. She wasn’t an early two-year-old but never stopped improving at the end of last year and I kept on wanting to give her a break during the winter but these races kept coming up and we were greedy. But she has done it for us.

“She just goes up and down the gallops and goes racing which is easy. All credit to the lads who have been slogging through all winter, all the lads at West Ilsley, and my son who’s been traipsing all over the country with the horses.

“This was the plan! But she’s knocked on the door for black type so we’ll maybe try to make her a bit more valuable. But she’s a very good filly, a very good dirt filly anyway.

“The Box 41 syndicate [owners] are a great bunch, and they’ve been lucky. We’ve had some good horses for the Box 41 clubs, Halicarnassus probably the stalwart. They’re good people who enjoy their racing and that’s what we try to put on for them.”

1.40pm £150,000 32Red.com All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships, 7f

For four-year-olds and upwards, fillies and mares only who, after October 28, 2015, and before March 19, 2016, have run three times on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France, OR have run three times during the Championship period, including twice on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France AND have run at least once at Meydan (Dirt) OR have won an “All-Weather fillies and mares, sprint or mile Fast-Track qualifier” race. Weights: 9st each. Maximum field of 14 (plus 2 reserves).

1) 3 VOLUNTEER POINT (IRE) 4 9-00 Box 41 Mick Channon Graham Gibbons 4/1

2) 5 BINT DANDY (IRE) 5 9-00 M M Foulger Chris Dwyer Silvestre de Sousa 20/1

3) 1 ALFAJER 4 9-00 Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Marco Botti Andrea Atzeni 7/1

4) 8 SAUCY MINX (IRE) 6 9-00 Mr & Mrs F Cotton, & Mrs P Conway Amanda Perrett Jim Crowley 10/1

5) 10 COLD AS ICE (SAF) 5 9-00 Mrs K Finch & Mrs B Kieswetter William Haggas Pat Cosgrave 4/6 Fav

6) 7 SUBTLE KNIFE 7 9-00 D B Clark Giles Bravery William Carson 50/1

7) 4 PRIMROSE VALLEY 4 9-00 Alan Pickering Ed Vaughan Luke Morris 25/1

8) 9 SECRET HINT 5 9-00 John Drew & D H Caslon Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 20/1

9) 6 DIAMOND LADY 5 9-00 The Going Great Guns Partnership William Stone Frederik Tylicki 50/1

10) 2 SKIDBY MILL (IRE) 6 9-00 Charlie’s Starrs Laura Mongan Joe Fanning 66/1

Time: 1m 23.53s

Distances: 2¼, ½, 1, sh, 1½, ½, 1¾, ½, 1½

Tote Win £5.10 Places £1.60, £4.60, £2.60 Exacta £83.20