Sanstar broke brave punters’ hearts

Cheerful Charger (owned and ridden by Mr DHS Thompson) taking the last fence during the Woodland Pytchley meet of the Dingley point-to-point season from March 25, 1965
Cheerful Charger (owned and ridden by Mr DHS Thompson) taking the last fence during the Woodland Pytchley meet of the Dingley point-to-point season from March 25, 1965

A preview for the first race meeting of the year for the famous Dingley point-to-point season is featured elsewhere in this week’s edition and 50 years ago this week, horse Sanster was said to have “disappointed a few brave punters” from the 1965 debut race in the Dingley calendar.

Outsider in the five-horse field, Sanster had the odds-on favourite Don Cragg beaten by a long distance in the final straight of the big Hunt Race of the Woodland Pytchley meet from March 25, 1965.

But the horse refused the last fence and rider WMC Comerford fell, leaving room for Don Cragg (owned by Mr AJ Marshall) to take the lead over second favourite Cheerful Charger.

Pictured above, taking the last fence from that exciting race, is Cheerful Charger, which was owned and ridden by MR DHS Thompson, of Ashley.

It was a day for backing the favourites, as there were no upsets and on five four-shillings tickets, the tote paid out a total of 42s 6d.

The ground was firmer, but still soft, after several days of heavy rain leading up to the meeting.