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