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