The rivals at Guilsborough might be put through Mill

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Guilsborough stages its annual point to point fixture on Sunday under the banner of the Woodland Pytchley Hunt (the opening race is the Hunt Members contest at 1.30pm).

One of the star attractions on the afternoon’s card could be Penmore Mill, the Fred Hutsby-trained gelding who has reeled off four straight victories, including his maiden on this card last year and an impressive success at Kingston Blount last month.

He has been earmarked as a horse to follow and is entered in the Confined race on Sunday.

Connections of Penmore Mill took him to Kimble last Saturday, where he was kept in his box on account of the firm ground, but Guilsborough always represented a ‘Plan B’ support.

In contrast to Kimble, where fields were thin on the ground, last Saturday’s meeting at Dingley attracted healthy numbers in both human and equine guise.

Favourite backers were kept happy with five of the seven market ‘jollies’ successful, including doubles for trainer Gerald Bailey and jockey Dale Peters.

Bailey was successful with Sandpipers and Empire Builder in the last two contests – the Restricted and the Open Maiden – while Peters rode Point Proven in the opening Hunt Members race and Realt Ag Leimt in the 2m 4f Open Maiden.

The presence of Robert Waley-Cohen and his son Sam proved an indicator to the chances of Rumbavu in the Confined, and the race provided the most exciting finish of the day, with just over a length separating the first three home.

Winning owner Robert Waley-Cohen was thrilled with the victory and said: “It’s Rumbavu’s seventh run of the season and he’s had four wins, two seconds and a third.

“He’s improving all the time, coming up though the ranks and proving what a good horse he is.”