WISHING and Hoping proved a class above his rivals with an emphatic Lady Dudley Cup win at Chaddesley Corbett.

The warm weather proved a magnet for a big crowd at The Worcestershire point-to-point.

Five runners lined up for the men's open with Wishing and Hoping, trained by Phil Rowley in Bridgnorth and owned by Peter and Trish Andrews, attracting plenty of support at 6-4.

And the favourite did not put a foot wrong under jockey Alex Edwards to win by 25 lengths in the second fastest time recorded in the race since changes to the course in 1974.

Hindlip trainer Martin Weston teamed up with Himbleton rider Phine Banks to take the members with Vasco du Mee (11-4) and ladies' open with Diamond King (5-4). It was the first double in Banks' riding career.


Novice riders: Drumhart L Harrrison Evens; conditions: Sam Cavallaro B Carver 2-1; restricted: Lucarno Express S Waley Cohen 11-8; maiden: The Grey Scholar A Edwards 4-5.