Northfield Farm, LLC’s Virginia-bred Expel was never far off the pace, moved to the lead at the head of the stretch and handily won the $2,000 Woodley Cup at the Blue Ridge Hunt Point-to-Point.

The five-year-old by Expelled, out of Kentwood Miss by Our Native was winning for the first time in his three year career. Expel has two seconds in the bank – one at Colonial Downs and one at Great Meadow – and a payroll that now exceeds $10,800.

Randy Rouse’s veteran to the series, Wild Ball was second, and another series vet, Jalin Stable’s Tatjana’s Salute was third. Cash Broker who won the opening race of the series at the Casanova Point-to-Point finished eighth.

Jeff Murphy rode the winner for trainer Edward Mulligan. Expel was bred by Daybreak Stables, Inc. Expel won by four lengths covering the approximate one mile in 1:50 /5 over turf labeled “good.”

Complete order of finish: 1) Expel, (jockey: Jeff Murphy, owner: Northfield Farm, LLC, trainer: Edward Mulligan, $1,200); 2) Wild Ball (Roderick MacKenzie, Randolph D. Rouse, Randolph D. Rouse, $400); 3) Tatjana’s Salute (Melanie Williams, Jalin Stable, Jazz Napravnik, $220); 4) Aero (Paddy Young, Eldon Farm Racing Stable, Doug Fout, $100); 5) Dr. Nitro (Carl Rafter, Warren Owens, William Aylor, Jr., $80); 6) Xoxoxo (Diana Gillam, Warren Owens, William Aylor, Jr.); 7) Praise Me (Ben Gardner, Magalen O. Bryant, Doug Fout); 8) Cash Broker (Jacob Roberts, Richard P. Harris, Jr., David Bourke); 9) Executioners Angel (Natasha Aylor, C. L. & J. L. Page, William Aylor, Jr.); 10) Queen Boudica (Mike Woodson, Hume Stable, Lori L. Udall)

(Douglas Lees Photo)