East Cornwall, Great Trethew, Saturday 30th March 2013 Report

IT was a day of ups and downs for jockey Ed Glassonbury at Great Trethew. His day started with a well earned double before an injury put an end to his afternoon.
Hill of Content is not the easiest of rides but initiated Glassonbury’s double in the opening Maiden. The hard pulling five-year-old raced into a clear lead before half way and did well to last home. “We got Hill of Content cheaply out of Dermot Weld’s yard at Doncaster sales and he runs for a small local syndicate,” said trainer Leslie Jefford.

21-year-old Glassonbury completed his double when Harrymetsally just edged out Zumo Bishop in the second section of the four to seven year old Maiden which was divided on the day. This Kings Theatre mare was purchased at the Fairyhouse Derby sales last June and is trained by Keith Cumings for owners Hannah and Andrew Broggio.

Josh Guerriero experienced a bumpy ride in this contest, completing the whole of the final circuit minus his irons after his saddle had slipped following a collision at the open ditch. Despite his painful experience the rider still managed to steer Raffa into a creditable third place.

Guerriero enjoyed a smoother passage on the well backed Waldo Pepper in the Exeter Intermediate qualifier. The nine-year-old forging clear of Cherry Vine after the second last. The winner is trained by Chloe Roddick for owner David Luff. “He will probably go for a hunter chase at Exeter,” said Luff who is always kept busy as the jockeys’ valet in the area. Chloe Roddick’s chance of a double quickly evaporated in the Restricted when Combehay ducked the wrong side of a marker after the second fence. Promising youngster Babeny Bridge went on to follow up his course debut success in February in good style in this race, with Lizzie Kelly again in the saddle.

Uncle Keef readily followed up his recent Buckfastleigh success in the hands of Tom Chanin in the Open, but Glassonbury’s good day came to an end here when he suffered a broken collar bone in a second last fence fall. It was left to Josh Guerriero to do the good Samaritan work, ferrying his fellow jockey to Barnstaple hospital after the races.

Lady jockeys mopped up the remainder of the card: Bryony Frost got Susan Roe’s Railway Vic home in a good finish to the first section of the maiden. Bryony was winning her fifth race of the season, and just failed to add to that total when Wee Fly finished runner up to Turthen in the Novice Riders’ event. Turthen has been a splendid mount for Eleri Apps, scoring three times for her this year, but sadly this winner of 11 races during his career collapsed and died in the winner’s enclosure.

RESULTS

East Cornwall, Great Trethew Preview

An Easter treat is in store for racegoers this weekend with the first of two meetings to be held in the Devon & Cornwall area is the East Cornwall Hunt at Great Trethew on Saturday March 30, with pony racing starting at 12.30pm preceding the main six race card which starts at 1.30pm.

This course is popular for Maiden runners and the first race up is the Open Maiden for 4 & 5-year-olds in which Its A Long Road, trained by Jill Dennis ran well in a Confined Maiden ridden by Josh Guerriero at Buckfastleighin February, when leading until headed in the final 50 yards by Gontdevon. He followed up with a creditable third at the same venue a month later on heavy going behind Reliable Richie and Ratline Rose. Another entry Final Nudge was unlucky at Barbury when leading until being brought down at the last and it will be interesting to see if the David Dennis-trained gelding can score here.

Next up is the Open Maiden for four, five, six and seven-year-olds sponsored by the Jamacia Inn. 30 are entered and this may well be divided on the day. The Robert Chanin-trained Posh Totty ran second here at the previous meeting after a mistake at the last and lost her race by a length to Typical Oscar. Tiger Wild for trainer Leighton McGuiness is another to consider after his third at Wadebridge and is sure to come on for that run.

St Austell Brewery & Green Air Southwest Ltd sponsor the Mixed Open and of the 11 entered. Double Bank will be looking to defend his unbeaten run of three wins this season for trainer Emma Oliver, having taking the Mixed Open at Bishops Court in fine style for jockey Merv Woodward by five lengths over My Fella. Uncle Keef is progressive for trainer Deborah Treneer and could follow up on his second here behind Sericina having gone on to win the Hunt Members at Buckfastleigh on heavy going two weeks ago for jockey Tom Chanin.

The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members race for Novice Riders could see Turthen for jockey Eleri Apps looking to follow up on her win at Kingston St Mary earlier this month when she beat Barneys Mate with current leading novice jockey Martin McIntyre by four lengths.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and in this Blazing Whale could go well having run a good second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh when a mistake at the last may have cost him the race for jockey Ed Barrett. Waldo Pepper is another to come close in an Intermediate when third at Wadebridge for jockey Josh Guerriero and trainer Roy Smith.

Concluding the day’s events is the Restricted sponsored by Blackburn Metals, in which Takamaru for the executors of the Late Donna Kingdon won his Maiden here for trainer Ashley Farrant and jockey Darren Edwards last season by an authoritative 12 lengths. He was also unlucky at Treborough Hill when he was only just denied a win by Deb’s Dasher by three quarters of a length.

Course is located near Menheniot, Off A38 between Saltash and Liskeard – PL14 3PZ. All on course facilities bar, bookmakers and hot refreshments available. Entrance £20 per car load and £15 car & driver.

Four Burrow, Trebudannon Preview

The Easter Monday Point-to-Point meeting at Trebudannon sets the scene for an exciting days racing where Deb’s Dasher could take the Brewer Dolphin sponsored Mens Open. With seven races on the card attracting nearly one hundred entries it will be a great way to spend a bank holiday Monday.

The action starts at 1pm with the Hunt Members race in which Searree will be fancied having won this race last season for trainer Pauline Geering. Ross Oliver has two entries and Fiulin relished the mud at Buckfastleigh coming in eight lengths in front of Doof and had also shown some form at Chipley Park for jockey Bryony Frost when second to Nycetos on soft – Wee Fly from the same yard is another previous course winner here.

The Open Maiden 2m4f has 25 entered and those to note are Jennys Layla for the Pauline Geering team coming in second behind Hugo Where Igo at Wadebridge and the Robert Chanin-trained Posh Totty having run second behind Typical Oscar at Great Trethew. Richard Barber has a good record with Maidens at this course and has entered Pamplona Run and Port Melon.

Truro Tractors sponsor the Confined in which the Roy Smith trained King Of Alcatraz won the Intermediate at Wadebridge earlier this month by two and a half lengths over Sobre Tresor. Print The Money for trainer Jill Dennis could have claims having taken the Confined in a quicker time at the same meeting.

Double Mead for trainer/jockey Alexandra Dunn is an Open specialist and looks set to claim the AGA Ladies Open here having recently won at Wadebridge, one and a half lengths in front of Mobaasher.

In the Mens Open, Batu Ferringhi for trainer Claire Hitch won his Maiden here last season and has progressed to score at Milborne St Andrew and Bishops Court this season for Josh Guerriero but will need to challenge Deb’s Dasher from the Kayley Jones yard who has already confirmed his winning ways at Treborough Hill this season.

The Restricted could see course winner Hallo Dolly, for trainer Sarah Prouse, follow up on her second to Harry’s Farewell at Great Trethew meeting in February and others with claims are Gontdevon and Santiago Sun.

Concluding the day’s events is the Open Maiden and with 27 entries this race may well be divided.

Course is located at St Columb Major (signed off A30 and A39) Postcode TRP 4LP. Entrance £20 per car load, £10 car & driver. On course facilities bar, bookmakers and hot refreshments.

Western, Wadebridge, Saturday 16th March 2013 Report

Robbie Henderson and Josh Guerriero shared the riding honours at Wadebridge where the permanent Royal Cornwall showground facilities provided much needed shelter as heavy showers peppered the track.

Trainer Kayley Jones provided Henderson with his double in the shape of Checkerboard and Miss Tinks. Formerly a useful performer under rules, Checkerboard drew clear of runner-up Osric to win the Men’s Open in workmanlike style. The omission of the final fence in all races due to a waterlogged patch of ground resulted in a long, gruelling run-in from the bottom of the hill, putting a premium on stamina in the soft ground.

Checkerboard is leased to the jockey’s father Guy Henderson, having joined the yard on the recommendation of Paddy Brennan. “He has done a lot of hunting and loves it since we are trying to cheer him up,” explained Kayley, who had earlier saddled Miss Tinks to give Robbie Henderson the first leg of his double in the first section of the Maiden. “We bought Miss Tinks for only £400 at Ascot sales and couldn’t sell her so she runs for our Big Brooke Racing Club and is so tough,” said the delighted trainer.

Josh Guerriero initiated his double on the odds-on favourite Print The Money who ran on strongly to collar Bathwick Breeze on the final climb. The winner missed a couple of seasons after winning all four starts as a seven-year-old and is now trained for owner Charlie Rush by Jill Dennis.

Guerriero had an easier task on Hugo Where Igo who drew well clear on the final bend to win his section of the Maiden. This improving six-year-old was bred by his owner Brenda Bowditch and is trained by Chloe Roddick.

Josh Guerriero’s bid for a treble was thwarted when Combehay, also from the Roddick yard, had to play second fiddle to Cherry Vine in the Restricted. Darren Edwards had the mount on Cherry Vine who became the third winner from the last four runners saddled by his owner/trainer Dean Summersby. “I got him at Doncaster sales out of Kim Bailey’s yard and he really needs better ground,” said Dean, who trains his small string on Dartmoor from his Lifton base.

Double Mead repeated last year’s Ladies’ Open success in the hands of Alex Dunn who also trains the mare near Taunton for her mother Kathryn Smith-Maxwell. The winner is one of the most consistent pointers in training. “She is likely to be seen out again over Easter,” commented the owner,

Vicky Wade partnered her fourth winner of the season when Roy Smith’s King of Alcatraz just outstayed course winner Sobre Tresor in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier. “He was a bit novicey at Ottery but is getting stronger and could run in a hunter chase by the end of the season,” reported Kerry Harris who was representing connections.

RESULTS

Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh, Sunday 17th March 2013 Report

LUCETTE ANNIE is fast becoming the star of Buckfastleigh and followed up her February course victory with another sparkling display to defy her 4lbs penalty in the Mixed Open. Darren Edwards had the Simon Partridge trained mare out in front all the way and she galloped on relentlessly in the heavy going to hold the useful youngster Indiana Bay by 12 lengths. “She may go for a hunter chase at Exeter in April depending on the ground,” said Chris Humphrey who owns the mare together with his wife Janet.

Jockey Darren Edwards had a busy afternoon and had followed up his last race success at Wadebridge 24 hours earlier when taking the first Maiden on Reliable Richie. This ex-Irish seven-year-old had caught the eye at Ottery and just held Ratline Rosie in a driving finish. Rueben Chapman has been a grand supporter of West country pointing and bought Reliable Richie out of the ring at Ascot sales last October.

Darren finished runner-up on Bradley Brook in the other Maiden section which went to the lightly raced Kudu Shine. Robbie Henderson brought Kudu Shine with a strong run going to the last, and Bradley Brook together with the well backed Wood Park were soon swept aside. Kudu Shine is trained by the in-form Kayley Jones on behalf of his owner Audrey Goodwin, who also bred the sturdy Karinga Bay gelding. It was quite a successful afternoon for Mrs Goodwin who also bred Lucette Annie.

Will Biddick continues to set a hot pace towards retaining his National title and followed up his Larkhill win on the previous day by taking the Intermediate on the rangy seven-year-old Ruapehu. “I had never sat on him before,” confided Biddick, who had the promising gelding handy throughout and had the race won when his nearest challenger Blazing Whale blundered at the last. Some of the horses’ names are beginning to make me wonder. I am told that Ruapehu is the name of a volcano in New Zealand.

Bryony Frost added another winner in her quest for leading novice rider with an authoritative win on Ross Oliver’s Fiulin in the Novice Riders race. Doof was sent off favourite to follow up his Ottery success, but Emma Greenslade did well to retain the partnership when her mount nearly fell at the 15th fence. Fiulin is a gelded son of Galileo and was bred for Epsom rather than Buckfastleigh. He once changed hands for 280,000 gns and has been round the block, including an effort behind Simonsig at last year’s Cheltenham festival and a run at Royal Ascot last summer when ridden by Richard Hughes. His next appearance is likely to be at Trebudannon on Easter Monday.

Uncle Keef is another former flat winner to come good at Buckfastleigh. The ex-Brendan Powell trained seven-year-old (this time a son of Saddlers Wells) strolled home in the Hunt race under Tom Chanin. Owner/trainer Deborah Treneer had the gelding in great shape and he looks a useful recruit to pointing. His 100,000gns price tag as a yearling was reduced to a bargain £700 when Tracey Brown had the nod on behalf of current connections at Ascot sales.

Tamatown has been a frustrating ride since winning his Maiden at Trebudannon two years ago. The Leslie Jefford trained gelding was in determined mood this time and stayed on powerfully to give 20-year-old Alistair Harvey his first win in the Restricted. “I needed to keep plugging away on him,” said the winning rider, whose family farm near Exeter airport. Alistair has had only had a handful of rides and is completing his second year at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He is the grandson of Tamatown’s owner Sue Trump.

The afternoon had started on a sad note when one minutes silence was observed in memory of Peter Wakeham who had passed away during the previous week. Peter has played a leading role in the Devon & Cornwall area point-to-point scene for over 50 years, including area chairman, course inspector, steward, owner and highly respected commentator. He was closely involved with Buckfastleigh races and it was fitting that one of the final tributes to him could be made at his favourite course.

RESULTS

Hunt Race (Mr John Bond in memory of his late wife)
1 Uncle Keef (Tom Chanin, 8-11fav); 2 Gontdevon (Ian Chanin, 5-1); 3 Pauillac (Ben Robarts, 2-1); 6 ran; 15l; 8l; 7m 19s

Open Maiden Division 1 (Winston Pincombe)
1 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards, 6-1); 2 Ratline Rosie (Josh Newman, 16-1) ; 3 It’s a Long Road (Josh Guerriero, 11-8fav); 13 ran; short head; 3l; 7m 19s

Open Maiden Division 2 (Bartons Solicitors)
1 Kudu Shine (Robbie Henderson, 6-1); 2 Bradley Brook (Darren Edwards, 7-1); 3 Tallanstown Boy (Josh Guerriero, 5-2); 9 ran; 3l; 4l; 7m 24s

Mixed Open (Totnes & Bridgetown Races Company)
1 Lucette Annie (Darren Edwards, 10-11fav); 2 Indiana Bay (Josh Guerriero, 6-4); 3 Tres Bien (Josh Newman, 33-1); 5 ran; 12l; 18l; 7m 12s

Intermediate (Connolly’s Red Mills)
1 Ruapehu (Will Biddick, 2-1fav); 2 Blazing Whale (Ed Barrett), 3-1); 3 Lizzies Lass (Darren Edwards, 9-4); 6 ran; 4l; 12l; 7m 15s

Countryside Alliance Club Members’ Novice Riders’ (Luscombe Maye)
1 Fiulin (Bryony Frost, 2-1); 2 Doof (Emma Greenslade, 11-10fav); 3 Come What Augustus (Jake Bament, 3-1); 4 ran; 8l; 2l; 7m 35s

Restricted (AGL Accountants, Kingsbridge)
1 Tamatown (Alistair Harvey, 7-2); 2 Santiago Sun (Darren Edwards, 5-4fav); 3 Rocklyn (Sarah Pidsley, 12-1); 6 ran; 8l; 12l; 7m 28s

Western, Wadebridge Preview

Pointing heads back to The Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge for the Western Hunt meeting this Saturday March 16. Hameldown Tor may be aimed at the Men’s Open after his win at Badbury Rings in a notably quick time when the gelding beat recent Treborough Hill winner John Daniell, that day by 15 lengths for trainer Ed Walker.

The six race card kicks off at 12 noon with the Green Waste Company-sponsored Confined race. Hameldown Tor may opt for this race and could come up against the Jill Dennis-trained Print The Money who could make amends for his second fence fall at Great Trethew when sent off an odds-on favourite.

Savills sponsor the Ladies Open which is a qualifier for the AGA finals at Stratford in June. Mobaasher ran at Taunton on Monday so may be doubtful to run here. Of the other entries Double Mead, for Alexandra Dunn, could be fancied following their second at Horseheath behind Mid Div and Creep, and course specialist Wee Fly may provide Bryony Frost with a season hat-trick.

In the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate race Waldo Pepper for the Chloe Roddick team took the ten runner Restricted race in fine style at Bishops Court with Will Biddick pleasing the favourite backers in a comfortable win leaving Ned White six lengths behind. Fountains Cloud is another to consider having taken a 13 runner Restricted at Chipley Park for trainer David Stephens.

The Open Maiden is sponsored by Atlantic Motors, and has attracted 21 entries.

Mr and Mrs Peter George sponsor the Men’s Open and Ed Walker has three of the seven entries. Hameldown Tor may have run in the confined race earlier, so another to consider from the same yard is the Richard Kelvin-Hughes owned Osric after his second to Special Occasion in a Mixed Open at Kingston St Mary earlier this month.

The Restricted race closes the day’s events and of the nine entered Cherry Vine may follow up on her recent Maiden win at Great Trethew when getting home to beat Honours Insight by a neck for jockey Darren Edwards.

Access onto the course is easy on tarmac roads and all course facilities bar, bookies, hot refreshments and numerous trade stands are under cover in a large barn. The course is located off A39 west of Wadebridge PL27 7JE. Entrance is £10 per car and driver and £5 for each passenger. Children under 16 race free

Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers, Buckfastleigh Preview

Lucette Annie heads the field of entries for the Mixed Open at Buckfastleigh where the Dart Vale & Haldon Harriers host their Point-to-Point meeting this Sunday, March 17th.

111 entries have been received, and with the Open Maiden already having been divided a total of seven races preceded by two pony races at 12 noon, it looks set for an action packed day. The main card starts at 1pm with the Kath Bond memorial Members race and of the entries Uncle Keef’s connections may choose this race to follow up on his recent second to Sericina at Great Trethew. The gelding was previously unraced over fences and is showing good promise now with Deborah Treneer.

Next up is the Open Maiden races with 22 entered in each division. These have been sponsored by Winston Pincombe and Bartons Solicitors.

Totnes & Bridgetown Race Co Mixed Open could see the Simon Partridge-trained Lucette Annie follow up on her impressive victory here when she won the £1,000 West Country Champions Chase a month ago, but she will have a host of different challengers to contend with. Indiana Bay was unlucky when unseating Josh Guerriero at Bishops Court recently and Numide was another unlucky to be brought down in the same race when hampered. The gelding had previously clocked up a creditable second here to Double Bank last month for local trainer Gordon Chambers. Hameldown Tor may opt for this meeting over Wadebridge on Saturday.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate may be a race for the Chloe Roddick-trained Waldo Pepper to shine and progress from winning the Restricted at Bishops Court for Will Biddick.
The Countryside Alliance Club Members’ Novice Riders’ race may see local jockey Bryony Frost from Buckfastleigh add to her points total on either Fiulin or Wee Fly.

The Restricted race, sponsored by AGL Accountants, wraps up the days events and it also promises to be another thrilling race with several in with a chance. The Camilla Scott trained Ladfromhighworth came in second behind Robin Will here last time and had previously beaten Gontdevon by a length at Blackforest Lodge.

The course is located alongside the A38 at Lower Dean, post Code TQ11 OLT. Entrance is £20 per car load, £10 car and driver. There will be all on course facilities bar, bookies, hot refreshments and trade stands.

Dulverton Farmers, Treborough Hill, Sunday 10th March 2013 Report

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The icy blast known as the chill factor turned into the snow factor at Treborough Hill when the Dulverton Farmers meeting had to be abandoned after the fourth race. Light snow started to fall during the second race, but a blizzard driven in by the wind off the Bristol Channel soon saw the snow settling and the decision to call off racing became inevitable.

The day had started well for punters when course winner Deb’s Dasher (Robbie Henderson) just held off Takamaru to win the Hunt race. “The ground was not ideal for him today because he likes the sunshine. He will probably go to Kilworthy next but will return to summer jumping later,” reported trainer Kayley Jones.

Darren Edwards had gone close on Takamaru in the opener and went one better when Piroulet landed the two and a half miles Maiden for the Notre Cheval Partnership. Cavite Gama tried to make all the running but was collared by the winner at the second last. Piroulet was placed on the flat in the French provinces but failed to reach a place over jumps for Philip Hobbs. The seven-year-old is now the only pointer in the care of former champion lady rider Polly Curling.

John Daniell is only small but ran on gamely in the hands of Amanda Bush to win the Confined from the fast finishing Dashing John. Trained and home bred from a long family of point-to-point winners by Amanda’s mother Ollie, John Daniell is named after the legendary jockey who rode 175 pointing winners, was champion rider in 1961, and is now in his nineties.

Driving snow virtually obliterated viewing for the four-miles Mixed Open, but it did not stop River Indus who just held off the proven stayer King’s Wood. The winner was giving jockey Lee Drowne his second success in the past seven days for Pat Bryant’s Motcombe yard. River Indus, now 13-years-old, won five times for Bob Buckler in his prime and now races in the colours of Larks Racing Club. The grueling conditions for this event were well illustrated since the winner’s time was about 30 seconds slower than last year’s Grand National. The stewards’ decision to abandon racing came as a relief to frozen spectators and jockeys alike. “The snow was balling up in the horses feet and it was getting slippery”, said Jo Buck

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Dulverton Farmers, Treborough Hill Preview

Treborough Hill set on Exmoor overlooking the Bristol Channel is the location for this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting on Sunday March 10. With seven races on the card it is sure to be a great way for all the family to spend Mothers Day, and to add to the stunning scenery the organisers have again hired a large screen for racegoers to enjoy a close view of the racing.

Course specialist Deb’s Dasher lines up in the Hunt Members which kicks off the action at 12.30pm. The gelding took the Confined here last season and went on to take the Mixed Open at Kilworthy for Richard Woollacott two weeks later. His main opponent looks to be the Leslie Jefford trained Delta Borget, who won this race last season and recently scored a second to Hameldown Tor at Badbury Rings.

Next up is the Great Bradley Open Maiden for four to seven-year-olds and of the 19 entered Kudu Shine from the in-form Kayley Jones yard ran a good second to Devon Mead at Bishops Court last season, another from the same yard Miss Tinks is gradually making headway and could go close.

The Fallen Stock Company sponsor the Confined in which Dashing John goes well for jockey Natalie Parker the combination having won the Restricted here last season and could improve for this seasons debut when fourth to Barneys Mate at Milborn St Andrew. The consistent John Daniell owned by the Hussey’s Hustlers Club is another to consider having kept on well to take third in a Members race behind Hameldown Tor and Delta Borget at Badbury Rings.

The Dunsters Heat Limited Mixed Open could see the prolific winning mare Sericina add to her tally having found her old form at Great Trethew for trainer/jockey Chloe Roddick, Dear Villez another from the Chloe Roddick yard could be the one to challenge having recently run second behind Lucette Annie in the £1,000 Mixed Open at Buckfastleigh for Josh Guerriero.

Blazing Whale looks set to take the Intermediate which is sponsored by Exeter racecourse, the Ed Walker trained gelding ran third behind Double Bank and Doctor Tom at Black Forest Lodge leaving Delta Borget eight lengths in fourth.

The Mary Sanderson trained Blinding Lights was only just denied a win by a neck to Turthen at Chipley Park and could take the Restricted race here, Ladfromhighworth is another to consider after his second to Robin Will at Buckfastleigh.

The final race of the day is the Open Maiden sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rover with 18 entered, Letmespeak showed recent promise when third at Chipley Park.

Course is located on B3224 on the Wheddon Cross to Raleighs Cross road. Post Code TA23 OQW. All on course facilities available. Entry £20 car load £10 car & driver.

East Devon, Bishops Court, Saturday 2nd March 2013 Report

MERVYN WOODWARD doesn’t get as many opportunities as some, but the popular local jockey made the most of his two rides at Ottery St Mary with a fine double. “My first double since 2002,” said the rider.

Woodward was always travelling strongly on Double Bank who took command at the 15th fence in the Mixed Open, and was not hard pressed to hold Welsh challenger My Fella, despite a mistake at the final fence. The promising Indiana Bay was sent off odds-on favourite but parted company with Josh Guerriero at half way

Trained by Emma Oliver at Teign Valley, the ever improving Double Bank was winning his third race in five weeks, each time partnered by Merv Woodward.

Regal Rumpus had initiated the Devon rider’s double in the Hunt race. Making his seasonal debut, this normally hard pulling gelding made all to hold his stable companion Tamatown. This was a well received result, since the winner raced in the colours made famous by the late Oliver Carter’s horses, inherited by his granddaughter Anne.

Leslie Jefford saddled Regal Rumpus, and was back in the winner’s enclosure after the Novice Rider’s contest thanks to the evergreen Doof. This 13-year-old was taking his career winning tally into double figures, whilst providing a first success on her first ride for Emma Greenslade. When asked to sum up her feelings, 23-year-old Emma was still overcome with her achievement commenting, “I didn’t know what was going to happen”. Emma, from Cullompton, rides out at Jefford’s Payhembury yard four days per week. “I clip cows and also work in a local pub,” she added.

Champion jockey Will Biddick is again setting the pace for this year’s National title, and two winners at Ottery took his seasonal total to 11. Biddick initiated his double when Richard Barber’s four-year-old Thomas Brown made a successful racecourse debut to overcome strong challenges from Last Edition and Reliable Richie in the Open Maiden which had to be divided on the day.

The champion had to be content with the runner up spot in the other division when Wood Park was outstayed by Canada Coombe. This home bred seven-year-old is jointly owned by Lisa Dodd and Sarah Gordon and trained by Sarah at Brent Knoll, Somerset. “I also won on his dam Rosetta,” laughed winning jockey Alice Mills.

Chloe Roddick has her yard in good form and Waldo Pepper proved an easy winner of the Restricted for Biddick in the colours of jockeys valet David Luff.

Josh Guerriero is chasing hard for the National title and Batu Ferringhi gave him his eighth winner of the season in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier, just fending off the late thrust of King of Alcatraz. Claire Hitch does well with her small string on the edge of Exmoor – “room for more,” and the progressive Batu Ferringhi was following up his smart victory at the South Dorset last month.

16 runners lined up for the Maiden for eight-year-olds plus, won in authoritative style by the Pat Bryant trained Mrs Fir. The winner was stepping up on her recent Barbury run in the hands of 21-year-old jockey Lee Drowne who joined the yard last September.

RESULTS

Hunt Race (East Devon Associates)
1 Regal Rumpus (Merv Woodward); 2 Tamatown (Alistair Harvey); 3 ran; only two finished; 2 1/2l; 6m 29s

Open Maiden four to seven year olds (Brightwells)

Division 1
1 Thomas Brown (Will Biddick); 2 Last Edition (Jo Buck); 3 Reliable Richie (Darren Edwards); 11 ran; 1 1/4l; 1 3/4l; 6m 37s

Division 2
Canada Coombe (Alice Mills); 2 Wood Park (Will Biddick); 3 Canshetrain (Nick Williams); 12 ran; 1 1/2l; 3l; 6m 25s

Mixed Open (Michael Pidsley – Devonshire Straw Man)
1 Double Bank (Merv Woodward); 2 My Fella (Nick Williams); 3 Pauillac (Ben Robarts); 9 ran; 4 1/2l; 10l; 6m 27s

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)
1 Batu Ferringhi (Josh Guerriero); 2 King of Alcatraz (Vicky Wade); 3 Chosen Milan (Rachel King); 6 ran; 1/2l; 4l; 6m 31s

PPORA Novice Riders’ (Ford Simey, Solicitors)
1 Doof (Emma Greenslade); 2 My Minds Maid (Dean McNamara); 3 Clew Bay Cove (Harriet Skinner); 8 ran; 1l; 4l; 6m 28s

Restricted (Parsons Distribution Ltd)
1 Waldo Pepper (Will Biddick); 2 Ned White (Ian Chanin); 3 Bernshaw (Ed Glassonbury); 10ran; 6l; 8l; 6m 19s

Open Maiden 8 year olds plus (Otter Brewery)
1 Mrs Fir (Lee Drowne); 2 Lord Sampson (Michael Heard); 3 Little Wadham (Ed Glassonbury); 16 ran; 2 3/4l; 2l; 6m 27s