Three jockeys rode their first winners at Treborough Hill on Sunday (March 13th).
24-year-old Kayley Jones, partner of Richard Woollacott, started the ball rolling on board Kilrogan in the Confined. “I have been trying since I was 16”, said Kayley, who had been in the winner’s enclosure at Black Forest four years ago, but suffered disqualification on that occasion due to losing her weight cloth.
Four of the five runners figured in a blanket finish to the Men’s Open, with Matt Hampton forcing King of the Road up to secure his first success in the saddle. The 20-year-old rider comes from Salisbury, and is another youngster to emerge from the Philip Hobbs yard.
King of the Road had started at 25-1, and another long priced winner in the shape of Inishrush gave 31-year-old Will Potter his first success in the Restricted. A blunder three out failed to stop 14-1 chance Inishrush who got up to beat Obamarama in a driving finish.
King’s Wood (Darren Edwards) made all to win the Hunt race, seeing off the challenge of Delta Borget after Sarika had run out at the 14th. Delta Borget’s rider Jo Buck and trainer Leslie Jefford went on to enjoy their first success of the season when Doof drew clear from the penultimate to win the Ladies’ Open at the expense of Absolut Power and Carroll’s O’Tully.
Monkerty Tunkerty won the Intermediate in a canter to give Jess Westwood her second success of the season, and Kirkleigh was another easy winner of the Open Maiden. Tom Chanin partnered this promising six-year-old, trained by his father Robert for the gelding’s owner / breeder Sue Trump.