East Devon, Bishops Court Preview

Indianna Bay will be looking to defend his unbeaten record in Point-to-Points for trainer Jill Dennis and is entered in the Mixed Open at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary this Saturday March 2nd.

The action takes place offering a seven race card with an earlier start time of 11.30 am. The six-year-old gelding could be challenged by older rivals such as prolific winner Come What Augustus who must be respected having won 15 point-to-points from the inform Kayley Jones yard. Also entered is the Emma Oliver trained Double Bank he recently had a comfortable win at Buckfastleigh in the Confined.

The Hunt Members looks to be a race for Sue Trump’s Tamatown who was travelling well at Buckfastleigh until weakening two out in a race won by the eye catching Robin Will.

The Brightwells Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds has attracted 31 entries an may well be divided, those to note are the Sarah Gordon trained Canada Combe who was denied a win by a short head in a Maiden at Chipley Park, a race which was won by George Reid. Moscow Blaze ran a good race when sent off joint favourite at Cottenham, coming in third behind Driftwood Pride and Milly Malone and looks like one to follow.

Exeter racecourse sponsor the Intermediate, the Clare Hitch trained Batu Ferringhi stormed home to win a restricted by 15 lengths at Milbourne St Andrew. Another entry is the Richard Barber trained Belsinni Ron and should not be left out of the equation having taken the restricted at Larkhill for champion jockey Will Biddick.

In the Novice Riders race another Richard Barber entry Barneys Mate will be looking for a season’s hat-trick having scored at Barbury and Milborne St Andrew for jockey Martin McIntyre. Nycteos a former grade two winner under rules took the novice riders race at Chipley for Susannah Andrews.

Ladfromhighworth could take the restricted for trainer Camilla Scott having justified joint favouritism at Buckfastleigh following Robin Will in by four lengths and looks sure to take a restricted soon.

Concluding the day’s events is the Open Maiden for eight-year-olds and over which has attracted 25 entries.

Entrance is £20 per car load £10 car and driver. On course facilities include bookies, a bar and hot refreshments. Postcode EX11 1RJ.

East Cornwall, Great Trethew, Sunday 24th February 2013 Report

SERICINA has proved herself one of the top point-to-point and hunter chase mares with a dozen wins in recent years, but had been below form since her last success at Wadebridge over a year ago. The ten-year-old bounced back in good style to win the East Cornwall Mixed Open under her trainer Chloe Roddick.

“She had a wind operation in the summer and started to gurgle a bit going uphill for the last time but got through it. I was happier coming down the hill and she did it well.” explained Chloe, who added that Sericina’s owner Mike Sheppard will be pleased as he is currently in hospital for a heart by-pass operation.

Fountains Cloud has quite a liking for his local course and was recording his third victory out of four at Great Trethew when repeating his 2012 Hunt race win under Leanda Tickle. This imposing grey has, “strengthened up and will come back here for the next meeting for the Intermediate qualifier.” said trainer David Stephens. Leanda Tickle was having her first mount since taking a crashing fall at the South Dorset fixture three weeks ago, suffering an injured back which put her into hospital.

Babeny Bridge came out best of the eight previously unraced youngsters contesting the eleven-runner Maiden limited to four and five-year olds. This was a first time winner for Roger Stark who shares ownership with trainer Jane Williams. Lizzie Kelly was always lying handy on the winner who was purchased unbroken by his trainer at Doncaster last May. His dam is an own sister to Cousin Vinny, who won the Cheltenham festival bumper for Willie Mullins in 2008. To their credit Great Trethew puts on a plethora of Maiden races leading Jane Williams to comment that, “he was bought for this meeting – this was the plan.”

A nicely bred gelding having only his second run was six-year-old Typical Oscar whogave Josh Guerriero the first leg of a double in the divided Open Maiden for seven-year-olds and under. The 24-year-old rider, attached to Victor Dartnall’s yard, achieved a double for the second successive week to take him to the seven winner mark for the season. Typical Oscar is a real chasing type who is, “on the market”, according to his owner/trainer Keith Cumings. “He was bought as a three-year-old at the Derby sales and has been a big, gangly baby who has just come to himself”, reported the trainer. The gelding looks ready made rules material.

Josh Guerriero completed his double when Harry’s Farewell followed up his Wadebridge debut victory in the Restricted. This promising six-year-old by Sir Harry Lewis is trained by Ed Walker on behalf of his owner/breeder Julian Selby.

Lifton trainer Dean Summersby saddled his first double thanks to Cherry Vine and Parazar. Stephen Croft thought he had ridden his first ever winner when taking the hot favourite Honours Insight into the winners enclosure in the first Maiden, but Cherry Vine (Darren Edwards) was eventually called the winner by a short head for the Summersby yard.

Josh Guerriero’s good day came to an abrupt end with a second fence fall on odds-on favourite Print the Money in the final event. Horse and rider were unscathed and this five-runner Confined went to Parazar who started the 16-1 outsider. This ex-winning hurdler, bought cheaply by Dean Summersby out of Oliver Sherwood’s yard at Ascot sales, came clear from the third last to provide Michael Heard with his sixth winner of the season.

RESULTS

Hunt Race (Cornish Times, Liskeard)
1 Fountains Cloud (Leanda Tickle); 2; Talland Bay (Geoff Barfoot-Saunt; 3 Goodtimesarealgone (Mikey Ennis); 4 ran; 5l; 15l; 6m 56s

Open Maiden 4 & 5 year olds only 2m 4f (Point-to-point Authy & Kings Head Hotel, Altarnun, Launceston)
1 Babeny Bridge (Lizzie Kelly); 2 Best Bide Quiet (Darren Edwards); 3 Nearly Normal (Mikey Ennis); 11 ran; 2l; 2l; 6 m 3s

Open Maiden 4 to 7-year-olds only, 2m 4f (Ward Randell, Liskeard & Group Travel, Bodmin)

Div 1
1 Cherry Vine (Darren Edwards) ;2 Honours Insight (Stephen Croft); 3 Prince of Pop (Conor Smith); 11 ran; short head; 2l; 5m 40s

Div 2
1 Typical Oscar (Josh Guerriero); 2 Posh Totty (Tom Chanin); 3 Raffa (Robbie Henderson); 12 ran; 1l; 12l; 5m 37s

Mixed Open (Roger Young Engineering, Saltash)
1 Sericina (Chloe Roddick); 2 Uncle Keef (Tom Chanin); 3 King of the Road (Josh Guerriero); 7 ran; 4l; 8l; 6m 41s

Restricted (Jefferys Estate Agents, Cornwall))
1 Harry’s Farewell (Josh Guerriero); 2 Hallo Dolly (Darren Edwards); 3 Just Hattie (Ciaran Gethings); 13 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 6m 44s

Confined (Peake (GB) Ltd, Stoney Bridge, Liskeard)
1 Parazar (Michael Heard); 2 Lahib The Fifth (Mikey Ennis); 3 Turning Tide (Tom Chanin); 5 ran; 15l; 1 1/2l; 6m 49s

East Cornwall, Great Trethew Preview

With the weather set fair, the course at Great Trethew will favour those liking top of the ground and give the mud lovers a weekend off. Renowned as a popular track for Maiden runners this meeting has attracted over 80 entries for the six race card.

The Cornish Times sponsor the opener, the Members race which heads the action at 12 noon, Fountains Cloud is a previous course winner here and being a half-brother to Chesnut Annie he has claims to take this having recently stayed on well to win a Restricted at Chipley Park for Leanda Tickle and has proven his worth for owner/trainer David Stephens.

Next up is the Open Maiden race for 4 & 5 year-olds, this looks wide open with those to note being the David Dennis-trained Presenting William, the gelding was travelling well at Chipley Park until weakening three out. Another entry having had a pipe opener this season is Tikkeche for trainer Chloe Newman who was also travelling well until three out at Black Forest Lodge.

The 4, 5, 6 and 7 year-old Open Maiden has attracted 34 entries and may well be divided, Cracking Habit showed promise when second by a neck to Lucia Popp at Upcott Cross he battled on gamely on ground described as good-good to firm and goes well for jockey Darren Edwards, the Camilla Scott-trained Honours Insight clocked up a second at Black Forest Lodge having led until the second last in a race won by Just Hattie. Hugo Where Igo made a notable run for trainer Chloe Roddick at Wadebridge having to settle for second behind Tinker Time.

Roger Young sponsor the Mixed Open in which Lucette Annie looks to be favorite having just won the Westcountry Champion Chase at Buckfastleigh last weekend for jockey Darren Edwards. The mares winning profile includes eleven point-to-points, including eight Opens, although she may find the drying ground against her. Of the others Wee Fly goes well for jockey Bryony Frost the partnership seeking a seasons hat-trick.

In the Restricted, Hallo Dolly won her Maiden at Trebudannon beating the favourite Jewellery by two lengths on good-to firm for trainer Sarah Prowse she followed up with a second in a Restricted to Fairhaven at Upcott Cross.

Peakes sponsor the final race of the day the Confined in which Double Bank may be looking for a hat-trick for joint owners Jimmy Cole and Emma Oliver having taken the Intermediate at Black Forest Lodge followed by the Confined at Buckfastleigh last weekend. Hameldown Tor could be his closet rival and may relish the drying ground.

Course is located off A38 between Liskeard and Saltash Post Code PL14 3PZ. Entry £15 car/driver £20 car and occupants. Course facilities include; bar, hot refreshments and bookies.

South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 17th February 2013 Report

THE Devon & Cornwall Area classic race, a Mixed Open with a total purse of £1,000, went to the locally trained mare Lucette Annie ridden by Darren Edwards. Faasel was all the rage in the ring, but Mike Heard’s mount, starting even money favourite, had no answer as Lucette Annie galloped well clear after the third last before easily holding off Dear Villez (Josh Guerriero) and Turthen (Eleri Apps). A consistent and game performer owned jointly by Chris and Janet Humphrey, Lucette Annie was winning her fifth point-to-point and has been in the Poundsgate pointing yard of Simon Partridge for the whole of her pointing career.

“She needed the race at Wadebridge in December (when she finished third behind Faasel and subsequent hunter chase winner Kirkleigh). She was bought at Ascot as a three-year-old and we hunt her regularly on the moor. She will probably have a little break now.” commented Chris Humphrey.

Josh Guerriero was the jockey in form at Buckfastleigh. Two winners, two seconds and a third took him into the lead for the Devon & Cornwall Area jockeys championship. Josh started well when the promising six-year-old Indiana Bay, owned by Charlie Rush, strode clear to win the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier in impressive style. “It has been a nightmare at home with waterlogged gallops. We have taken him to Bude beach but I thought he needed the run today. I ride him at home and he is lovely to know,” enthused trainer Jill Dennis.

Jockey Guerriero was back in the winner’s enclosure when the previously unraced Fairytale Theatre sprinted clear on the run in to take the PPORA Mares and Fillies Maiden. “I bought her at the Derby sale (Fairyhouse) as a three-year-old and put her away for a bit. She was a bit buzzy last year but has matured and could be a nice bumper prospect,” said owner/trainer Chloe Roddick.

A short head denied the Devon rider a treble when the Jill Dennis owned and trained newcomer It’s A Long Road just went under to Gontdevon in the Confined Maiden for Horses and Geldings. Tom Chanin had the mount on the winner, trained by his father Robert, who was saddling his sixth winner from 14 runners this term.

Connections seem to have found the key to Robin Will who had little difficulty in following up his Chipley victory in the Restricted. This late developer, owned by John and Floss Symes and trained by Kayley Jones, once again sported a hood and was given a peach of a hold up ride by John Mathias.

Double Bank turned in another game performance to beat 14 opponents in the Confined. Merv Woodward was always lying handy on the progressive gelding who stayed on most gamely to beat Numide. “He loves soft ground and it would be an ambition to get him to a Cheltenham hunter chase”, said trainer Emma Oliver.

Double Bank in fact had the honour of being the first winner to race left handed at the Devon circuit. This picturesque course had always taken a right handed line since it opened as a National Hunt course at the same location in 1883. The final meeting under rules took place in 1960 and it has been used for point-to-pointing on and off for the past 50 years. Jockeys riding on Sunday gave their general support for the change, in particular the line of fences alongside the A38 which tended to cause the majority of falls in the past.

RESULTS

South Pool Harriers, Buckfastleigh Preview

Point-to-Point action takes place this weekend at Buckfastleigh for the South Pool Harriers on Sunday February 17th and this season will see the races run on a left-handed track to help keep the horses focused on the racing.

Two pony races kick of the action at 11am followed by the main race card at 12 noon with 110 entries received for the six races. First up is the Confined where Turthen owned by the Apps family could follow up on his win at Chipley Park when he got up by a neck to beat Blinding Lights, his form of nine wins including second in a Cheltenham Foxhunter suggest he has more to come.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate, King of Alcatraz stayed on well to take the restricted at Blackforest Lodge for jockey Vicky Wade and is sure to improve for that run. Sunken Secret maybe the first ride for Pippa Glanville having progressed from pony racing, the horse previously ran a close second in an Intermediate at Bratton Down behind Dashing John.

The feature race of the day is the West Country Champion Chase Mixed Open sponsored by Totnes & Bridgetown Races Co, this looks a repeat battle between Faasel and Kirkleigh both horses battled out the finish at Wadebridge with the John Heard trained Faasel getting up by ¾ of a length, he then went on to take the Mixed Open at Black Forest Lodge for jockey Micheal Heard who is currently sharing the lead in the jockeys table. Sue Trump’s Kirkleigh opted for a Hunter Chase at Wincanton where he notched up another win for the inform Robert Chanin yard. Findlay’s Find another entry was the winning most pointer of last season but found little on his seasons debut run when pulling up at Black Forest Lodge in December.

Two Maiden races follow and in the horses and geldings race Gontdevon could improve on his second behind Ladfromhighworth at Black Forest Lodge recently, and in the Mares Maiden True Tara ran promisingly at Chipley Park until weakening after the 15th fence.

The Restricted wraps up the days event, and in this Camilla Scott‘s Ladfromhighworth gets the vote having made virtually all staying on gamely to win by a length for jockey Vicky Wade at the Black Forest Lodge meeting.

On course: bookies, bar, catering and trade stands. Admission £20 per car-load, £10 car/driver. Location Lower Dean adjacent to A38, Postcode TQ11 OLT.

Silverton, Black Forest Lodge, Saturday 9th February 2013 Report

IAN CHANIN enjoyed a highly successful afternoon at the re-arranged Silverton meeting at Black Forest Lodge, with three winners and two seconds from his five rides.

Chanin’s first “winner” came on Molland Gayle who walked over for the Hunt race to follow up her course victory in December.

Ian landed another easy success when Lombardy Breeze swept home in the first Open Maiden. The eight-year-old galloped on relentlessly to beat Nearly Midnight by eight lengths despite tending to jump left handed. “He came from Henrietta Knight and is still very green,” reported the rider, who also owns the gelding in partnership with Brian and Loraine Kelly.

Ian’s winners were all saddled by his father Robert, and the combination went on to take the second Open Maiden thanks to the five-year-old Welstonedruid who is owned by Andrew and Sue Knox. The royal runner First Watch was backed from 3-1 to 6-4 favourite in this event, but the Princess Royal’s gelding was pulled up approaching the final fence after making most of the running.

Molland Gayle turned out again to contest the Intermediate, but had to give best to the progressive North Shropshire challenger Fruit Fayre, who was scoring her third win from four outings. “We got a bit worried coming here when it was snowing in Birmingham,” said owner Robin Lewis who already has the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate final at Cheltenham in mind for the home bred six-year-old.

Jockey Tom David was successful on Fruit Fayre, and had earlier initiated his double on course winner Joe The Trucker in the Restricted.

The Vicar justified heavy market support in the Men’s Open under his Tenby based trainer John Mathias. “A four and a half hour journey but worth it,” said John who handles the former hurdles and chase winner on behalf of joint owners Phil Griffiths and Stewart Williams.

The Ladies’ Open produced a desperate finish. Doof and Jo Buck sailed six lengths clear round the final bend, but Lucy Gardner’s mount Mobaasher flew up the run in to grab Doof in the shadow of the post. “He is a monkey and goes when he wants to. He could have gone another half a mile,” smiled Lucy.

RESULTS

Hunt race
1 Molland Gayle (Ian Chanin) walked over

Restricted
1 Joe The Trucker (Tom David); 2 Ned White (Ian Chanin); 3 Santiago Sun (Darren Edwards); 7 ran; 10l; 12l; 6 mins 34 secs

Ladies’ Open
1 Mobaasher (Lucy Gardner); 2 Doof (Jo Buck); 3 Havenstone (Vicky Wade); 5 ran; 3/4l; 15l; 6m 33s

Men’s Open
1 The Vicar (John Mathias); 2 Carrickmines (Josh Guerriero); 3 Kasimali (James Legg); 6 ran; 4l; 15l; 6m 40s

Open Maiden Division 1
1 Lombardy Breeze (Ian Chanin); 2 Nearly Midnight (Suzy Berry); 3 Miss Tinks (Robbie Henderson); 9 ran; 8l; head; 6m 59s

Open Maiden Division 2
1 Welstonedruid (Ian Chanin); 2 Mr Bachster (Josh Guerriero); 3 Pasternak Jack (Robbie Henderson); 9 ran; 15l; 8l; 7m 6s

Intermediate
1 Fruit Fayre (Tom David); 2 Molland Gayle (Ian Chanin); 3 Mister Trigger (Jamie Thomas); 4 ran; 6l; 4l; 6m 50s

Silverton, Black Forest Lodge Preview

Point-to-Pointing is finally back on track with the Silverton Foxhounds hosting their re-arranged meeting this Saturday February 9th.

Seven races are on offer and Molland Gayle could follow up on her win here in December for jockey Ian Chanin in the Hunt Members race which heads the action at 12 noon; another Robert Chanin entry Ned White ran on gamely in a Restricted at Wadebridge before being headed in the final 50 yards.

Ned White’s connections may prefer to run him in the Restricted race which follows, but he may need to tackle the Don Constable owned Joe The Trucker, an ex-Irish half-brother to British Pointing regular Optimistic Harry; the gelding won his Maiden here for jockey Tom David in December seeing Billy Congo off by half a length.

The Ladies Open entries include the Sarah Gould trained Special Occasion, having won this race last year and then going on to win at Larkhill he could well be in the mix if recovering well from his second at Chipley Park last weekend when beaten 3/4 length by Bleuvito, Oca De Thaix has wins in double figures and goes well for owner/jockey Charlotte Evans.

Knight Frank sponsor the Mens Open and the David Gibbs trained Books Review goes well fresh, he ran a creditable second in the Connolly’s Red Mills final at Cheltenham behind Doctor Kingsley. Silver Story’s nine wins include two Hunter Chases at Cheltenham/Aintree; he acts on any, stays well and could give trainer William Vaughan another success.

Two divisions of the Open Maiden follow and of particular interest is the Royal runner First Watch, trained by Zara Phillips; the gelding was travelling well until he unseated his rider Tom David at the 13th fence at Chaddesley Corbett earlier in the season.

An additional race to the programme is the Intermediate, the winning horse being eligible for the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate final Hunter Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday May 1st ;of the nine entries the vote goes to the Sheila Crow trained Fruit Fayre having scored a double at Eyton. He could take this race unless course winner Molland Gayle opts for this over the Members race.

The course offers hot refreshments, bar, bookies and trade stands. It is located at Kenton nr Exeter off A380 postcode EX6 8HR. Entrance is £20 per car and passangers; £10 car and single driver.

Tiverton, Chipley Park, Saturday 2nd February 2013 Report

AFTER three blank weekends in the Devon & Cornwall area, point-to-pointing resumed against a backcloth of wall to wall sunshine at Chipley Park.

A total of 72 runners contested the eight races on very testing going with all race times in excess of seven minutes.

The usual strong contingent at this meeting from Wales produced their normal quota of winners from across the Severn Bridge, with Nick Williams partnering two of them. My Fella initiated the Welsh jockey’s double in the Intermediate. This ten-year-old is owned and trained by Andrew Quick near Cardiff.

Pyle trainer Stephen Bevan sent out eight-year-old George Reid to claim the final Open Maiden under a strong Nick Williams ride in a tight finish. “He has been off the track for two years having broken down on both front legs,” explained the trainer.

The Kayley Jones trained Robin Will (JohnMathias) scored easily in the other Open Maiden division despite jumping violently left in the straight. The fastest Maiden race, which was unusually limited to sponsored horses only, went to 33-1 outsider One and All, nicely ridden by Tom Cheesman for Katherine Mead and reported by connections to be “on the market.”

Course winner Bleuvito (Jeremy Mahot) just held Special Occasion and Carrickmines in a blanket finish to the Mixed Open. Owner/trainer Stanley Turner said, “I will try to get him qualified for the (Cheltenham) Foxhunters. The further he goes the better he is.”

The grey Fountains Cloud looks a progressive sort. He is a half brother to prolific pointing winner Chesnut Annie and revelled in the ground conditions to win the Restricted under Leanda Tickle. “I didn’t think he was fit enough, the last time I galloped him he blew up,” reported owner/trainer David Stephens.

Tired horses produce a slow motion finish to the Novice Riders’ event in which the former grade two winner under rules Nycteos gave his rider Susannah Andrew her second career success at the expense of Fiulin and Oakfield Legend. “He was trained by Paul Nicholls under rules and was given to me by Andy Stewart. He is a most game horse,” exclaimed the delighted rider who produces young horses for the polo field at Shepton Mallet.

Another young lady rider with something to celebrate was Eleri Apps who works in the David Pipe yard and landed her first winner on Turthen in the Hunt race. Now 12-years-old, Turthen was runner up in the Cheltenham Foxhunter four years ago and is trained by Eleri’s father Jonathan near to Chipley Park at Westleigh “We acquired him from Charlie Fox as a schoolmaster two years ago. He had a leg and has been fired, but we have hunted him well this year. He has worn out more shoes than Imelda Marcos,” quipped the trainer.

RESULTS:

Hunt Race:

1 Turthen (Miss E Apps); 2 Blinding Lights (M Hampton); 3 Lord Samson (J Guerriero); 4 ran;  neck; head;  7 mins 16 secs

Maiden Sponsored Horses Only

1 One And All (T Cheesman); 2 Lightening Jack (R Henderson); 3 Harry Hedgehog (D Edwards); 8 ran; 6l; 2l;  7m 2s

Mixed Open

1 Bleuvito (J Mahot); 2 Special Occasion (Miss L Gould); 3 Carrickmines (J Guerriero); 10 ran; 3/4l; 3/4l;  7m 4s

Intermediate

1 My Fella (N Williams); 2 Zagova (J Barber); 3 Santiago Sun (D Edwards); 5 ran; 7m 6s

PPORA Novice Riders

1 Nycteos (Miss S Andrew); 2 Fiulin (Miss B Frost); 3 Oakfield Legend (C Flint); 8 ran; 3/4l; 1 1/2l;  7m 16s

Restricted:

1 Fountains Cloud (Miss L Tickle); 2 Popaway (J Docker); 3 Weldesigned (W Biddick); 13 ran; 4l; neck;  7m 5s

Open Maiden Div 1:

1 Robin Will (J Mathias); 2 Gospel Preacher (R Henderson); Duke of Croatia (A Johns); 15 ran; 10l; 3 1/2l;  7m 14s

Open Maiden:Div 2

1 George Reid (N Williams); 2 Canada Coombe (Miss A Mills); 3 Letmespeak (J Guerriero) 9 ran; short head; 6l;  7m 17s

Mid Devon, Black Forest Lodge, Sunday 3rd February 2013 Report

SQUADRON  was a useful performer under rules when trained by Alan King and the nine-year-old started his pointing career in good style with a convincing victory in the Ladies’ Open under Hannah Lewis. Jayo ran creditably to finish runner up in this small field and this ex-Willie Mullins trained chaser should be winning points before long for the Hawker family.

Squadron is now in the Westbury –On-Severn yard of his rider Hannah Lewis under the ownership of Chris Tilly, who was away in Ireland. “He is a class horse but we thought he was a bit short of work,” reported winning connections who have the AGA final at Stratford in mind later in the season.

Faasel followed up his Wadebridge victory with an easy win in the Men’s Open to give Michael Heard his fifth winning ride of the season. “There are no firm plans for Faasel, he is really enjoying himself,” commented owner/trainer John Heard.

Googoobarabajagal had earlier run below par for the Heard family in the Confined, failing to confirm Wadebridge form with Swansbrook who got the better of runner up Diamond Brook after a spirited battle. “We bought Swansbrook at Doncaster last May on the recommendation of Brendan Powell,” reported Sue Popham, who trains the gelding for joint owners David Meyrick and Peter Williams.

Double Bank did it the hard way in the Intermediate, leading from flagfall under Merv Woodward and holding on gamely when challenged by Doctor Tom from the last bend. “He doesn’t do anything at home and in the recent bad weather I have been indebted to two local farmers who have allowed me to gallop in their fields,” said Teign Valley trainer Emma Oliver.

King of Alcatraz, trained by Neil Harris, took the eye in the preliminaries and went on to score by eight lengths in the Restricted to set up a first riding double for Vicky Wade. Ladfromhighworth completed Vicky’s double in the first section of the Open Maiden. Camilla Scott handles this half brother to Man From Highworth on behalf of his owner/breeder Audrey Manners.

The Scott yard just failed to complete a double when newcomer Honours Insight was just held by 14-1 outsider Just Hattie in the concluding Open Maiden. Six-year-old mare Just Hattie proved to be a first winner for Ciaran Gethings on his second ride. The Wicklow born 18-year-old works in the Philip Hobbs yard and looked tidy on the winner, who was home bred by his Exford based trainer Dennis Branton for the aptly named Happy Team Syndicate.

RESULTS:

Confined

1 Swansbrook (Michael Legg); 2 Diamond Brook (Lucy Gardner); 3 Hameldown Tor (Ed Barrett); 8 ran; 3 1/2l; 15l;  6 mins 33 secs

Men’s Open

1 Faasel (Michael Heard); 2 Betabob (Robbie Henderson); 3 Ned The Post (Ed Barrett); 6 ran; 20l; 4l;  6m 36s

Ladies’ Open

1 Squadron (Hannah Lewis); 2 Jayo (Charlotte Hawker); 3 Rainbow Tree (Alex Dunn); 6 ran; 2 1/2l; 6l;  6m 39s

Intermediate

1 Double Bank (Merv Woodward); 2 Doctor Tom (Tom David); 3 Blazing Whale (Ed Barrett);  9 ran; neck; 3 1/2l;  6m 48s

Restricted

1 King of Alcatraz ( Vicky Wade); 2 Tachbury (Ed Barrett); 3 Briginthebranston (John Mathias);  12 ran; 8l; head;  6m 45s

Open Maiden Division 1

1 Ladfromhighworth ( Vicky Wade); 2 Gontdevon (Tom Chanin); 3 Getaway Driver (Michael Heard); 14 ran; 1l; 3/4l;  6m 54s

Open Maiden Division 2

1 Just Hattie (Ciaran Gethings); 2 Honours Insight (Stephen Croft); Putiacca Bella (Miss R Leyshon); 15 ran; 2l; dist;  6m 59s