JOCKEY Alex Edwards continued his fine run of form with a double at the Albrighton & Woodland Point-to-Point meeting at Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday.

With Phil Rowley saddling the Bridgnorth stable's runners at Barbury Racecourse in Wiltshire, his wife Mel was responsible for their representatives at this meeting and claimed an early success when Wishing and Hoping hacked up in the men's open.

Cona River set a strong pace but Wishing and Hoping took up the running at the 12th and that allowed Edwards to dictate the second half of the race. Drumhart’s short lived effort petered out in the home straight and the favourite had little trouble holding the runner up efforts over the final two fences.

Wishing and Hoping carries the colours of Peter Andrews (who enjoyed so much success with Barel of Laughs) and on this performance there is no reason to believe the nine-year-old is not capable of making the same impact on the point-to-point scene.

The winner’s stablemate Dalkingstown was well supported in the concluding three-mile maiden but Edwards had to pull out all the stops to get the five-year-old home in a tight finish.

The winner ran twice in Ireland last season before being purchased for 20,000gns at the Cheltenham Sales in May and bagged the win on his first run since joining the Rowley yard.

The Bridgnorth stable suffered a setback when The Composeur was soundly beaten in the 2-1/2 mile Maiden.

This race saw two of the sport’s big guns in opposition, with the Lacey’s stable Freetime and Rowley’s newcomer The Composeur vying for favouritism.

Both four-year-olds were making their racecourse debuts and with their trainers renowned for their skills with these types of horses, punters were left in a quandary but eventually sent The Composeur off as favourite.

Just as the favourite looked ready to pounce, Freetime found another gear, extended his advantage, the runner-up's challenge faded and he was three-lengths adrift at the line.

Unfortunately, the winner suffered a major injury crossing the line so this was a bitter sweet success.

Tossapenny was purchased for a substantial sum at Cheltenham in 2017 after winning an Irish point-to-point, but the purchase price looked very expensive when the six-year-old failed to make the grade under rules.

Worcestershire owners William and Angela Rucker enjoy having pointers at home so the six-year-old made the journey over from Evan Williams stables in Wales.

Back at a level where he can be competitive, the winner showed some of his old sparkle and was never in danger of defeat after taking the lead in the home straight.

Meanwhile, despite being beaten on Showmetheway in the maiden, Dymock trainer/rider Sam Jukes did not leave empty handed as Marcle Ridge finished alone in the Connollys Red Mills sponsored Intermediate.

Summer Sounds won his second race in seven days after Luke Scott had guided him to victory in the novice riders' contest.

The horse is owned by James Jackson-Stops and the Fisher Partnership and was providing a first winner for 16-year-old Luke Scott, who is based with Olly Murphy near Stratford on Avon.

Gina Andrews had to use all of her considerable experience to get her mount’s head in front in the ladies' open. The 10-year-old Haymount had created a big impression when scoring in Yorkshire in early January, but Hannah Lewis and William Money obviously had a race plan which almost proved successful.

The Welsh raider was at the forefront of affairs from the start whereas Haymount went into second place with four to jump.

Turning back towards home Haymount began his first effort but William Money stuck his head out to maintain a narrow advantage and began to inch clear approaching the final obstacle. He was probably half a length up at the last, but could not withstand the favourites late thrust.