Bowman's Crossing galloped easily to a win in the Leeds Don open timber race of the Old Dominion Point-to-Point. The 10-year-old thoroughbred, with red-hot Leesburg rider Woods Winants on board, won today in 6 minutes 453/5 seconds.
Christopher Read on Fields of Omagh was eight lengths back at the finish.
Winants took the early lead and relinquished it halfway so he could give his horse a breather.
"I didn't want to keep chasing [Fields of Omagh], so I ended up moving a little sooner than I wanted to," Winants said. "After I got him to quiet down behind the other horse, we kind of inched our way past him up the hill and jumped the last three fences nicely."
Jeff Murphy on Bobsingstheblues was third.
Winants also took novice hurdles in a wire-to-wire victory aboard Barbara Graham's Crafty Celt, who galloped 31/2 lengths ahead of Jeff Murphy on Pulling Strings in 3:534/5.
Owner-rider Jim Whitner gave viewers a thrill when he rallied early trailer Patrician Power down the back side of the 3-mile timber course to overtake front-runner Matt van der Woude on Lone Mountain in 7:012/5. Thomas Kirlin and Sunny Boca, a head behind him, came in third.
"Early in the race I kind of fell out of it," Whitner said. "When I jumped the second-to-last, I kind of tapped [my horse's] shoulder, and all of a sudden I had another gear."