The AGA All Comers championship is too close to call as we reach the halfway stage

The AGA All Comers championship reached the halfway stage on Saturday (28th March) at Larkhill. It was what you would call typical Larkhill weather (cold), but the welcome was as warm as ever and there was another landmark for the AGA sponsorship as we sponsored our first ever Mens Open race.

There were joyous scenes in the winners enclosure after 55 year old James McNeile won the opener on Quinshan Leader
There were joyous scenes in the winners enclosure after 55 year old James McNeile won the opener on Quinshan Leader

Quinshan Leader
Quinshan Leader
The King and Queen of Cornwall!
Leanda Tickle and Will Biddick – The King and Queen of Cornwall!
Len Vickery was in good form, then again, he always is!
Len Vickery was in good form, then again, he always is!
It was good to see respected horse-racing correspondent, Alan Lee, from The Times (left)
It was good to see respected horse-racing correspondent, Alan Lee, from The Times (left) getting in amongst it

On Tuesday (31st Marsh) The Times published a full-page all about UK point-to-point racing, which was written by their horse-racing correspondent, Alan Lee – Racing Writer of the Year! It was a real privilege to be able to talk to him at length about the AGA sponsorship, my own involvement in pointing and also pointing in general. It was a great article which will hopefully have been seen by a sizeable audience, and it was nice to get a mention.

An exciting finish in the Open Maiden saw Chinatown Boy and Alice Mills win by a head
An exciting finish in the Open Maiden saw Chinatown Boy and Alice Mills win by a head
Kari Tunde and Bedrock Fred
Kari Tunde and Bedrock Fred
Carolyn Tanner has provided many race reports for AGA during the period of our sponsorship, but today she was playing the role of proud mum as her daughter, El Tanner won the AGA sponsored Mens Open with Bedrock Fred
Carolyn Tanner has provided many race reports for AGA during the period of our sponsorship, but today she was playing the role of proud mum as her daughter, El Tanner won the AGA sponsored Mens Open with Bedrock Fred (Danny Burton)
The boys ensure that the AGA logo is facing the front on their new hats
The boys ensure that the AGA logo is facing the front on their new hats
Mrs S was behind the lens for this one, she did good!
Mrs S was behind the lens for this one, she did good!
The Ladies Open is next, here come the girls!
The Ladies Open is next, here come the girls!
A deserved win for Trueflyingcolours and Leanda Tickle - the In For A Penny Partnership were delighted!
A deserved win for Trueflyingcolours and Leanda Tickle – the In For A Penny Partnership were delighted!
Ally Stirling - who was 2nd on Seigneur Des Bois - has a post race debrief
Ally Stirling – who was 2nd on Seigneur Des Bois – has a post race debrief
Beazo!
Beazo!
Leanda is centre stage
Leanda is centre stage
The champagne was flowing after another BTO award for Laura Horsfall and this photo made it into Been Pointing
The champagne was flowing after another BTO award for Laura Horsfall and this photo made it into Been Pointing

A quick drink in the lorry park (see above photo) was very welcome and much appreciated, but there were was some AGA branding to take down so I had to kick on. Beazo helped me to put it up and Len Vickery helped me to take it down, with the last word going to Len “I’ve taken hundreds of these down at the Royal Show over the years, get it square on!”

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