The point-to-point community is enduing a frustrating winter with the suspension of the sport during lockdown but there was some consolation for the connections of the hugely consistent Salvatore, who won the Scottish Foxhunter Chase at Musselburgh on Saturday.
The eight-year-old son of Schiaparelli has been a stalwart for the Melanie and Philip Rowley stable and headed in to his second start under rules off the back of a victory in the Men’s Open at Larkhill in December. That was the gelding’s third consecutive point-to-point victory and tenth overall in three seasons. In total, Salvatore has now won 11 of his 17 lifetime starts.
Bred by Mrs J Mann at Goldline Stud, Salvatore is out of Cash ’N’ Credit (Homo Sapien), a winner over fences at Warwick when trained by Robin Dickin.
Three of Schiaparelli’s four runners last week were winners, with Dorking Boy winning his fourth race for the Galloping on the South Downs Partnership and Tom Lacey, while Numitor landed his second consecutive victory for Heather Main and Wetumpka Racing. Numitor has two Grade 1 entries at the Cheltenham Festival.
Schiaparelli currently has 30% winners to runners across all his jumpers, with his runners in steeplechases returning a 43% winning strike-rate.