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Ambitious loose Shetland takes on BE cross-country

Sugar and Harvey

A Shetland pony has shot to fame after running wild at Calmsden Horse Trials.

Eight-year-old Sugar was taken to the event on Sunday (30 July) as a companion for Lynne Elson’s Junilee Harvest (Harvey), who was competing in the BE90 with Emma Matthews.

Emma and Lynne were eating lunch at the lorry when Sugar managed to break free.

Emma went after the 9hh pony but she proved tricky to catch.

“I didn’t think a lot of it at first, I thought she would be a greedy guts and stop to graze, but she kept running,” Monmouthshire-based Emma told H&H.

“She was heading for the exit, so thankfully they spread the message on the loudspeaker and the gate was closed.”

9hh Sugar was bought as a companion pony

Sugar cantered through the lorry park, past the showjumping arena and into the first cross-country field.

By this time officials in 4x4s were also trying to stop the mare.

“She went through two fields of the cross-country course with everyone in hot pursuit,” said Emma.

“When she headed back towards the lorry park they managed to corral her by one of the fences and then she was as good as gold to catch, she still had her headcollar on.”

Sugar, who was bought as a travel companion three months ago, was not injured and seemed unfazed by the drama she caused.

“She wasn’t even puffing or sweating,” said Emma.

“The officials said she even jumped a couple of BE80 fences, although I didn’t see that — perhaps she has more ambition than we thought.”

Sugar at home

Emma apologised to the riders who had to wait to start their cross-country rounds due to Sugar’s escape.

“Everyone has taken it in good humour and there was no harm done,” she said.

“We’ve been told that we’re not allowed to take her to BE events until she has public liability insurance and we’ve had NFU out to sort that out.

“We also have to contact organisers from now on if we want to take her to events and they can decide on a case-by-case basis.

Four-year-old Tilly has been riding Sugar

“I completely understand. I would be mortified if she cased an accident and someone was injured and we couldn’t compensate them.”

Emma hopes Sugar can return to events soon and also plans to take her in some in-hand classes later this year.

“She’s very well bred and moves really well,” Emma added.

“There’s a local show at Chepstow racecourse where she can strut her stuff.”

Woman taken to hospital after crash crashes with lorry in Chepstow

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car crashed with a lorry in Chepstow.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A466 Wye Valley Link Road at around 1.10pm.

Fire crews from Malpas and Chepstow were joined by a unit from Avon Fire & Rescue.

A Welsh Ambulance spokesman said: “We sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a crew in an emergency ambulance.

“A woman was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital.”

Wednesday 1 February horse racing tips

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race Wednesday selections for all of the day’s UK racecards.

Four meetings again go to post on Wednesday with jumps racing action from Leicester and Hereford; while all-weather action goes to post at Kempton on polytrack in the afternoon, and Newcastle on tapeta in the early evening.

Hereford (jumps) – 1.30 – 4.30pm (7 races)

Leicester (jumps) – 2.10 – 4.40pm (6 races)

Kempton (flat, aw) – 2.20 – 5.20pm (7 races)

Newcastle (flat, aw) – 4.25 – 7.00pm (6 races)

HEREFORD

(2.00) DIG DEEPER (10/3, Bet365[1]) has shown plenty of ability over fences in his three starts to date, having won between the flags previously.

The Overbury gelding stepped up on his debut for Caroline Bailey at Wetherby when runner-up over an inadequate trip to chase home Aubusson next time at Uttoxeter; and he found only Charmix too strong at Hereford last time, going down by less than one length.

That trip was again short of his best, and proven in this ground he can get off the mark under Rules with the step up in trip very much in his favour and likely progression on the back of that run, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he didn’t have much more to give in this sphere.


Truckers Glory can follow up his recent Bangor win with success at Hereford.
(3.00) Colin’s Brother is on a hat-trick, but TRUCKERS GLORY (7/2, Bet365[2]) may be the one to side with in this contest and the Mahler gelding can follow-up his last time win.

Rebecca Curtis’ charge has been in good form for this yard since joining from the point-to-point sphere, posting good placed efforts over timber at Ludlow and Worcester in the summer; and he returned from a break to get off the mark at Ffos Las in October.

A winner on his chase debut at Bangor last time, beating a subsequent winner, he could have more to come despite a 9lbs rise in the weights and he can go well in his follow-up bid.

1.30 – Miracle Cure

2.00 – Dig Deeper

2.30 – Ice Cool Champs

3.00 – Truckers Glory

3.30 – Mountainous

4.00 – Simply Wings

4.30 – Born For War

LEICESTER

(2.40) PADDOCKS LOUNGE (6/5, Bet365[3]) returned from a long absence of more than one year to finish runner-up in a conditionals’ hurdle behind a decent sort in Verygoodverygood on his terutn to action at Chepstow back in November, and he was still travelling well at Towcester over fences the following month when taking a tumble.

Sophie Leech’s charge has quickly bounced back returned to the smaller obstacles, again bagging the silver medal at Market Rasen on Boxing Day before getting off the mark and shedding his maiden tag at this venue earlier in the month where he beat Smart Catch.

The Oscar gelding won with something to spare, having made all the running and surviving a last-hurdle mistake; and kept to this level he looks to hold solid claims of following up.


Laser Light can bounce back to winning form at Leicester.
(3.10) Lady Buttons is on a hat-trick having scored at Southwell under a penalty on Tuesday, but she could prove vulnerable under a double-penalty if turned out just 24 hours later. It could then pay to side with OZZY THOMAS (8/1, Bet365[4]) who hasn’t won for almost two years, but he has shown some good form over late and can win again.

Henry Oliver’s charge kept decent company over fences last term, and having shaped as if in need of the run on his return at Chepstow in November, he might have gone close at Ludlow on his next outing behind Gino Trail.

Given a confidence-booster here last time following that mishap, he wasn’t beaten far behind Sleepy Haven over hurdles at the end of December; while he’s been raised 2lbs for that effort, he could well be up to the task of defying his new mark over this longer trip, and the Gold Well gelding can go close.

2.10 – Sonny The One

2.40 – Paddocks Lounge

3.10 – Ozzy Thomas

3.40 – Some Are Lucky

4.10 – Laser Light

4.40 – Seven Summits

KEMPTON

(3.20) BOIS DE BOULOGNE (7/4, Bet365[5]) shaped well on his debut at Wolverhampton back in December when beaten just a half-length behind Hochfeld; but he wasn’t seen to best effect next time when failing to build on the run behind Naseem at Chelmsford later that month.

John Gosden’s charge didn’t help his chances by missing the break and being forced to race wide into the straight, and he could well prove better than he showed in that run. First-time blinkers may help to sharpen him up, and given another chance to build on his debut promise he can go close.


Bois De Boulogne can give trainer John Gosden a winner at Kempton.
(4.50) ALCATRAZ (9/4, Bet365[6]) hasn’t won since May 2015 at Chepstow, but he has been relatively lightly raced and is a consistent sort who should again give his running.

George Baker’s charge gave notice last time here that his turn may not be too far away when finding only Sennockian Star just over one length too good, possibly just being given too much to do by his amateur rider.

The winner of that race last time has gone in again since, and Adam Kirby takes over here; racing off the same mark as he did last time, the Camacho gelding can resume winning ways if able to build on that run.

2.20 – Beauchamp Opal

2.50 – Excel Again

3.20 – Bois De Boulogne

3.50 – Garter

4.20 – Lexington Times

4.50 – Alcatraz

5.20 – Thomas Blossom

NEWCASTLE

(5.00) VOI (11/10, Bet365[7]) probably won’t need to be anything out of the ordinary to get off the mark at the first time of asking, and Hugo Palmer’s debutant could be the one to side with in a what looks a winnable contest for the Holy Roman Emperor filly.

Those who have run previously haven’t set the heather alight, and with the yard boasting a 1 in 3 strike-rate with runners here she could well be hard to beat for a yard that knows how to ready a newcomer.

With Josephine Gordon in the saddle, market support would be significant, and this looks very much a winning debut opportunity so no surprise if she were to go close given her pedigree.


Josephine Gordon can notch up another winner with success at Newcastle.
(6.00) VATICAN HILL (9/4, Bet365[8]) is on a four-timer, and the manner of his last success at Wolverhampton over the reopposing Tailor’s Row suggests the handicapper is struggling to keep up with the improvement in the Canford Cliffs colt.

Jamie Osborne’s well-bred sort has also won at Thirsk and Lingfield, with his Lingfield win and his success last time both coming under this rider; he doesn’t win by far, but he looked value for more than the official margin last time and a further 4lbs rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent a repeat.

4.25 – Go George Go

5.00 – Voi

5.30 – Royal Celebration

6.00 – Vatican Hill

6.30 – Rock Warbler

7.00 – Dodgy Bob

References

  1. ^ 10/3, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  2. ^ 7/2, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  3. ^ 6/5, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  4. ^ 8/1, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  5. ^ 7/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  6. ^ 9/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  7. ^ 11/10, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)
  8. ^ 9/4, Bet365 (www.caledonianmedia.com)

‘Trapped’ village given new emergency route

AN emergency route has been made available in a Monmouthshire village after a lorry blocked its only entrance last month.

Residents of Sudbrook, near Caldicot, were left trapped for four-and-a-half hours on November 20 after the 126-tonne truck came into difficulty crossing the small steel bridge.

Days after the incident, Monmouthshire County Council[1] agreed to make the three-metre wide coastal path that runs from Black Rock to Sudbrook an alternate route available for emergency vehicles only.

According to council leader, Councillor Peter Fox, plans to install retractable bollards are in motion.

Network Rail personnel are also scheduled to carry out small repair works on a small area of brickwork on the steel bridge that was damaged by the vehicle.

“This will be a route that will only be in use for emergencies and will be managed as such, it will not be open for a free for all,” said Cllr Fox.

“We already have temporary signage on the bridge stating that abnormal loads must have council permission to cross.

“We’re going to have a robust protocol in place to prevent any future incidents.”

According to Cllr Fox, there is still a need to consider a long-term plan with regards to entrance into the village with it set to grow in the coming years.

Plans to build 212 homes at the former Sudbrook Papermill were approved by the county council in June but local councils in Caldicot and Portskewett had objected due to concerns over “unsuitable infrastructure”.

Cllr Fox said: “It is clear that something more permanent needs to be put inn place and there needs to be a conversation with all parties on the matter.”

said: “There needs to be a long term solution, in case the bridge fails or it gets too old.

“That’s a conversation we’ll need to have, especially now that the village is growing.”

Sudbrook resident June Chandler, 53, described Sunday’s events as “frightening and inconvenient”.

MONMOUTSHIRE County Council will look at creating an alternative route into Sudbrook after a 126-tonne lorry blocked the only way in and out of the village for about four-and-a-half hours on Sunday.

Sudbrook residents were trapped in their village on Sunday from around 9.30am – when the truck and trailer attempted to cross the bridge in the village – until around 2pm.

Later on the afternoon, there were intermittent closures as the lorry had damaged the stone wall structure of the bridge and it had be removed by Network Rail.

The leader of Monmouthshire County Council, councillor Peter Fox, called Sunday “quite an event” and said they were really fortunate no one was hurt and there were no calls to the emergency services.

“(Sunday) reminded everybody of the real issue when the bridge gets closed is,” he said. “We’re hoping we can find a solution for a temporary road which could be used in an emergency.

“It looks like there’ll be the opportunity to create a track at the top of the village. It’s a three metre wide coastal path that runs from Black Rock to Sudbrook and could be used for emergencies.”

Cllr Fox also meetings were held yesterday morning to clarify what needs to happen next. He said: “There needs to be a long term solution, in case the bridge fails or it gets too old.

“That’s a conversation we’ll need to have, especially now that the village is growing.”

Sudbrook resident June Chandler, 53, described Sunday’s events as “frightening and inconvenient”.

“This is chaos,” she said at the time. “We’re now stuck.”

The head of operations at Monmouthshire County Council, Roger Hoggins, said: “Officers are presently checking that all permits and notifications were in place but more importantly ensuring that the developer and their contractors are making plans to ensure this does not happen again.

“Network Rail engineers have inspected the bridge and are satisfied that it is structurally sound but repairs are required to the parapet – these are likely to be undertaken using night time rail closures.

“Monmouthshire County Council is also erecting signage to indicate that all abnormal loads – whether by size or weight – must seek approval to use the route.

“This incident has again highlighted the risk of emergency services being unable to access this community and the Severn Tunnel emergency access at the pumping station when the bridge is unavailable. Officers are also investigating if an alternative route can be created.”

References

  1. ^ Monmouthshire County Council (www.monmouthshire.gov.uk)

‘Trapped’ village given new route

AN emergency route has been made available in a Monmouthshire village after a lorry blocked its only entrance last month.

Residents of Sudbrook, near Caldicot, were left trapped inside their homes for four-and-a-half hours on November 20 after the 126-tonne truck came into difficulty crossing the small steel bridge.

Days after the incident, Monmouthshire County Council[1] agreed to make the three-metre wide coastal path that runs from Black Rock to Sudbrook an alternate route available for emergency vehicles only.

According to council leader, Councillor Peter Fox, plans to install retractable bollards are in motion.

Network Rail personnel are also scheduled to carry out small repair works on a small area of brickwork on the steel bridge that was damaged by the vehicle.

“This will be a route that will only be in use for emergencies and will be managed as such, it will not be open for a free for all,” said Cllr Fox.

“We already have temporary signage on the bridge stating that abnormal loads must have council permission to cross.

“We’re going to have a robust protocol in place to prevent any future incidents.”

According to Cllr Fox, there is still a need to consider a long-term plan with regards to entrance into the village with it set to grow in the coming years.

Plans to build 212 homes at the former Sudbrook Papermill were approved by the county council in June but local councils in Caldicot and Portskewett had objected due to concerns over “unsuitable infrastructure”.

Cllr Fox said: “It is clear that something more permanent needs to be put inn place and there needs to be a conversation with all parties on the matter.”

said: “There needs to be a long term solution, in case the bridge fails or it gets too old.

“That’s a conversation we’ll need to have, especially now that the village is growing.”

Sudbrook resident June Chandler, 53, described Sunday’s events as “frightening and inconvenient”.

MONMOUTSHIRE County Council will look at creating an alternative route into Sudbrook after a 126-tonne lorry blocked the only way in and out of the village for about four-and-a-half hours on Sunday.

Sudbrook residents were trapped in their village on Sunday from around 9.30am – when the truck and trailer attempted to cross the bridge in the village – until around 2pm.

Later on the afternoon, there were intermittent closures as the lorry had damaged the stone wall structure of the bridge and it had be removed by Network Rail.

The leader of Monmouthshire County Council, councillor Peter Fox, called Sunday “quite an event” and said they were really fortunate no one was hurt and there were no calls to the emergency services.

“(Sunday) reminded everybody of the real issue when the bridge gets closed is,” he said. “We’re hoping we can find a solution for a temporary road which could be used in an emergency.

“It looks like there’ll be the opportunity to create a track at the top of the village. It’s a three metre wide coastal path that runs from Black Rock to Sudbrook and could be used for emergencies.”

Cllr Fox also meetings were held yesterday morning to clarify what needs to happen next. He said: “There needs to be a long term solution, in case the bridge fails or it gets too old.

“That’s a conversation we’ll need to have, especially now that the village is growing.”

Sudbrook resident June Chandler, 53, described Sunday’s events as “frightening and inconvenient”.

“This is chaos,” she said at the time. “We’re now stuck.”

The head of operations at Monmouthshire County Council, Roger Hoggins, said: “Officers are presently checking that all permits and notifications were in place but more importantly ensuring that the developer and their contractors are making plans to ensure this does not happen again.

“Network Rail engineers have inspected the bridge and are satisfied that it is structurally sound but repairs are required to the parapet – these are likely to be undertaken using night time rail closures.

“Monmouthshire County Council is also erecting signage to indicate that all abnormal loads – whether by size or weight – must seek approval to use the route.

“This incident has again highlighted the risk of emergency services being unable to access this community and the Severn Tunnel emergency access at the pumping station when the bridge is unavailable. Officers are also investigating if an alternative route can be created.”

References

  1. ^ Monmouthshire County Council (www.monmouthshire.gov.uk)

Residents trapped after lorry blocks only way in and out of Gwent village

UPDATE 2.10pm

The bridge is now clear. 

UPDATE 1.45pm

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “A 126 tonnes lorry got stuck in the bridge this morning. 

“Engineers are now working on the site.”

She said that the line running under the bridge was never closed, but that there’s a 20mph speed restriction in place at the moment. 

She said that they don’t expect many trains to be affected by the speed restriction. 

Noon

RESIDENTS in a Monmouthshire village are stuck after a lorry has blocked the only way in and out of the village.

At around 9.30am, a truck and trailer attempted to cross the bridge at Sudbrook.

However, the trailer got stuck, blocking the only road in and out of the village.

Peter Fox, leader of Monmouthshire County Council[1], tweeted this morning that residents are “trapped” in the village.

He said that they have been campaigning for years for a second access to Sudbrook.

Major issue with huge crane wedged on Sudbrook bridge. Residents trapped in the village pic.twitter.com/FxMDMj8rWG[2]

— Peter Fox (@PeterFox61) November 20, 2016[3]

June Chandler, 53, a resident in the village said: “We’re now stuck, with only footpaths to get out us of the village. 

“But, god forbid, what if there was an emergency such as a fire?

“It’s very frightening and inconvenient, this is chaos. 

“I wanted to go shopping this morning as today is the only day we can go.

“A lady told me earlier she was taking her mother to get her prescriptions and they had to walk in the end.”

Ms Chandler said that it’s not the first a lorry has got stuck in the bridge. She said that, last time, it took them five hours to move it. 

She said: “After moving the lorry, they’ll need to assess the bridge, what if they find it’s not safe?

“This has been brought up before when they were going to build the houses in the Old Mill site.

“We were told it’d never happen.”

We have been campaigning for years for a 2nd access to Sudbrook, a issue like this blocks emergency services pic.twitter.com/9rlKCemmi2[4]

— Peter Fox (@PeterFox61) November 20, 2016[5]

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “Earlier today, we received a call regarding a lorry getting stuck at the top of the bridge.

“At 10am, we were told it’d be several hours until it was moved so it should be moved soon.

“Network Rail will then have to assess the structural viability of the bridge.

“I’d like to reassure residents that, if there was an emergency, we’d find a way to get to them.”

References

  1. ^ Monmouthshire County Council (www.monmouthshire.gov.uk)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/FxMDMj8rWG (t.co)
  3. ^ November 20, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/9rlKCemmi2 (t.co)
  5. ^ November 20, 2016 (twitter.com)

Residents trapped after lorry blocks the only way in and out of their village

1.45pm

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “A 126 tonnes lorry got stuck in the bridge this morning. 

“Engineers are now working on the site.”

She said that the line running under the bridge was never closed, but that there’s a 20mph speed restriction in place at the moment. 

She said that they don’t expect many trains to be affected by the speed restriction. 

Noon

RESIDENTS in a Monmouthshire village are stuck after a lorry has blocked the only way in and out of the village.

At around 9.30am, a truck and trailer attempted to cross the bridge at Sudbrook.

However, the trailer got stuck, blocking the only road in and out of the village.

Peter Fox, leader of Monmouthshire County Council[1], tweeted this morning that residents are “trapped” in the village.

He said that they have been campaigning for years for a second access to Sudbrook.

Major issue with huge crane wedged on Sudbrook bridge. Residents trapped in the village pic.twitter.com/FxMDMj8rWG[2]

— Peter Fox (@PeterFox61) November 20, 2016[3]

June Chandler, 53, a resident in the village said: “We’re now stuck, with only footpaths to get out us of the village. 

“But, god forbid, what if there was an emergency such as a fire?

“It’s very frightening and inconvenient, this is chaos. 

“I wanted to go shopping this morning as today is the only day we can go.

“A lady told me earlier she was taking her mother to get her prescriptions and they had to walk in the end.”

Ms Chandler said that it’s not the first a lorry has got stuck in the bridge. She said that, last time, it took them five hours to move it. 

She said: “After moving the lorry, they’ll need to assess the bridge, what if they find it’s not safe?

“This has been brought up before when they were going to build the houses in the Old Mill site.

“We were told it’d never happen.”

We have been campaigning for years for a 2nd access to Sudbrook, a issue like this blocks emergency services pic.twitter.com/9rlKCemmi2[4]

— Peter Fox (@PeterFox61) November 20, 2016[5]

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “Earlier today, we received a call regarding a lorry getting stuck at the top of the bridge.

“At 10am, we were told it’d be several hours until it was moved so it should be moved soon.

“Network Rail will then have to assess the structural viability of the bridge.

“I’d like to reassure residents that, if there was an emergency, we’d find a way to get to them.”

References

  1. ^ Monmouthshire County Council (www.monmouthshire.gov.uk)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/FxMDMj8rWG (t.co)
  3. ^ November 20, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/9rlKCemmi2 (t.co)
  5. ^ November 20, 2016 (twitter.com)