Point to Point Focus

  • Posted: Thursday, 11th April 2019
  • Author: Carl Evans
  • Photo: Carl Evans

A chance to catch up on Last Week's Racing Post Column featuring Bradley Gibbs

Nine winners in two weekends has seen Bradley Gibbs leap into contention for the Fuller's men's championship.

Reigning champion Alex Edwards leads the title race with 21 winners, but Gibbs has moved smoothly into a share of second place with 18, the same number as six-time champion Will Biddick. Edwards and Gibbs need one winner to reach their 150th victory in point-to-points, Biddick needs eight to equal the British record of 414.

Gibbs, 24, says: "If you don't dream of winning the national championship you shouldn't be doing it. I'll keep my head down and try to ride as many winners, and will travel the country if necessary. I have a few little yards backing me."

On paper this is a David and Goliath task, for Edwards is backed by Phil Rowley's Shropshire yard, housing some 30 pointers, albeit a percentage are babies set for a light campaign. Gibbs' main backer, his dad David, trains just seven horses, and has a full-time job servicing pool tables, fruit machines and juke boxes in pubs and clubs around the Bridgend area of South Wales.

Yet his five most recent runners have won, and the family like their string size, because it qualifies them for the Foran Equine trainers' title for yards with seven or fewer horses, currently led by Newbury's Tim Underwood.

Team Gibbs heads to Hereford Racecourse on Sunday, when Bradley will dip his toe into training for the first time, saddling an unraced maiden called Addisonian Crisis.