SHOWERS for the first part of the afternoon, plus a biting wind tested the most ardent of spectators at Great Trethew for the East Cornwall’s nine-race card. The going was soft with heavy patches, but became more testing with stamina very much an issue as the afternoon wore on.

Mixed Open (Sponsor – Roger Young Engineering)

Bishy Barnaby looked a good thing for this Open on form, and did not let his supporters down. Ridden for the first time by Richard Hawkins, the ten-year-old went to the front with a circuit to go and duly won by the length of the run-in. He got a bit tired up the final climb in the gluey conditions, but his rivals had only been playing for places from a long way out. In the end, Prince de Bersy just denied Paddy the Piper for the runner up spot. The winner started this season with a proud record of five wins from his six point-to-points. However he finished a disappointing sixth on his seasonal debut at ChipleyPark, and was fourth in a hunter chase at Taunton last week, when his saddle was reported to have slipped. “He will go hunter chasing now”, stated trainer Gordon Chambers.

Hunt Race (Cornish Times)

Quizzling followed up his recent Ideford Arch win, battling on well to hold Percy de Burrell and Bold Perk. “He had to dig deeper on this softer ground”, said Irish born jockey Micheal Nolan, who was enjoying his fifth career win and his second in England since he joined the Philip Hobbs yard. Quizzling’s trainer Christine Gray has done well to restore the veteran chaser to form. “This win means a lot to me”, she remarked. Her late father Basil had East Cornwall hunt connections stretching back over many years, and her sister Kate is the current point-to-point secretary.

Open Maiden 8-year-olds & over (Jamaica Inn, Bolventor)

James Best had his first ride back after a long absence through injury on Percy de Burrell in the Hunt race, and got his longed for winner in this event on Living The Dream. It has been a painful and frustrating ten months for the 20-year-old jockey, who had broken both his legs in a fall at Kingston St Mary last Easter, and endured various complications during his recovery. “I couldn’t wait to get back and it feels great since this is my local track”, said the Saltash rider. “I was booked for the ride on Friday through my boss Philip Hobbs”, he added. Living The Dream had taken a keen hold and was left in the lead when Greenock fell five out. The nine-year-old Double Trigger gelding began to wander approaching the second last, but the main danger evaporated at that fence when the pursuing Irish Mystery came down. JosiahBay eventually claimed second place at a respectable distance. He was the only other of the 13 runners to complete the course.

Open Maiden 2m 4f , 4 to 7 –year-olds only

Division 1 (Group Travel, Bodmin)

Geneva Lake (Will Biddick) and Blazing Bouncer (Richard Woollacott) fought out a stirring finish after newcomer Hilda Wild had fallen at the last when a close third. Biddick’s mount just prevailed where it mattered, but Blazing Bouncer looks sure to find a race. An attractive lightly raced six-year-old, GenevaLake was bred by his owners Stewart and Monique Pike, who have bred and turned out numerous winners from Synderborough. “She is so laid back and has a lovely temperament. She is related to several winners and is the last out of her dam Lady Geneva, so we will hopefully keep the line going with her”, said Monique.

Division 2 (Blight, Broad & Skinnard, Solicitors)

A few hail stones preceded this race, which made a change from the frequent rain showers. Even money favourite Sarika initiated Lizzie Kelly’s first ever double with a comfortable success. Ridden positively, Sarika led from the sixth and forged clear of his 12 rivals entering the final circuit. The Pasternak grey Colin’s Desire ran promisingly to finish second, and the previously unraced Tans Hill caught the eye doing good work towards the finish to secure third place. Sarika was not winning out of turn because he had run well at Wadebridge before finishing a creditable runner up at ChipleyPark when he probably should have won. “We bought Sarika as a yearling,” said owner/trainer Jane Williams. “He has run under rules but is a slow maturing type who will probably run in France eventually because the prize money is so much better there”. A very true statement.

Division 3 (Dawe, Hawken & Dodd, Accountants)

A good performance on his racecourse debut by four-year-old Weldesigned, who ran on gamely to defeat another newcomer in the shape of the Milan five-year-old Georgie Whale. Ian Chanin sent Weldesigned to the front four out and the rangy youngster kept on well despite getting tired and edging right after the final fence. This was the first leg of a double for jockey Ian Chanin who missed the whole of last season with a broken leg. Weldesigned is trained by the jockey’s father Robert Chanin for owners James and Debbie Siggs. “He was bought as a two-year-old and we broke him last June”, said the trainer. “He has impressed us all the way”, he added.

Division 4 (Rising Sun Nurseries, Harrowbarrow)

Wayward Frolic completed a double for his rider Lizzie Kelly and her mother Jane Williams. The 17 hands five-year-old came home in splendid isolation as his six rivals all pulled up in holding ground which had become extremely gruelling by this stage. The winner had given notice of his ability at Chipley, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that he will be a force to be reckoned with under rules in due course. “This is the best horse I own”, said Jane Williams who bought the Fairmix gelding for 11,500 euros at the Fairyhouse Derby sales in Ireland as a three-year-old. Your correspondent was at the sales that day. I must have missed out on that one!

Restricted (King’s Head Hotel, Altarnun)

This turned into a battle between 33-1 outsider Mayfair Lastchance and the well backed Knight In The City. The pair raced down the hill after the third last with little between them, but separated by the width of the course. “Mayfair” showed ahead jumping the penultimate, and went on to score despite veering left close home, with his rider Jimmy Cole giving his trademark victory salute passing the post. Jim’s celebrations continued unabated in the jockeys’ tent with a liberal spraying of champagne over his fellow jockeys. “This horse loves the course and only goes on wet ground”, reported the ebullient Tavistock based rider, adding that, “He had worked all over Holly Walk in the week”.

Confined (Peake GB Ltd, Liskeard)

The Ed Walker trained Dare Too Dream was another to revel in the going which by now resembled a tin of Golden Syrup. His dam Dubacilla would have been proud of him as he galloped his six opponents into the ground to give Ian Chanin his double. “We put the blinkers back on today and he loves this ground and keeps going”, said the successful trainer.