Axe Vale, Stafford Cross, Sunday 28th April 2013 Report

A cool and breezy afternoon saw the ground drying out all the time and some fast times were recorded around the sharp, flat track at Stafford Cross.

Flanshan relished the conditions to score a six lengths success in the Mixed Open in the fastest time of the day. Will Biddick always had the useful nine-year-old in a handy position, and eased clear of Checkerboard and Carrickmines from the second last. The gelding is owned by Peter Maltby and trained by Richard Barber at Seaborough, Dorset. Having had only two runs this season on slower ground the trainer has an eye to picking up a few more races with Flanshan if the rain stays away. “He has only just started and will probably go to the second Holnicote meeting next,” he said.

Flanshan was Will Biddick’s 31st winner of the season, following up his double on the previous day at Woodford, also for the Barber yard. Josh Guerriero was the double scorer on Sunday and took his seasonal total to18 to give him a share of second place behind Biddick for the championship.

I’m In Charge set the ball rolling for Guerriero in the Confined. Starting odds-on favourite, the progressive seven-year-old just foiled a game front running effort from Some Slam when taking the lead on the run-in. I’m In Charge runs in the colours of The Hussey’s Hustlers syndicate and was saddled by Grant Cann on behalf of Ollie Bush. “We got him at the Land Rover sales (Goffs) as a four-year-old. He is normally ridden by Amanda (Bush) but she is riding at Larkhill today,” said Cann.

Josh Guerriero went on to complete his double on the five-year-old Devon General in the Open Maiden. William Percival and Mike Heard held a slight lead when stumbling at the final fence leaving Devon General in command. Kayley Jones saddled this winner for a small syndicate. This good looking gelding by Generous had run well on his debut at Great Trethew. His dam is a sister to champion bumper winner Pizzaro and he was bought unbroken at Ascot sales last June. “We broke him in during the summer and he is still very green,” reported the trainer.

Bryony Frost has a great chance of landing the National novice riders’ title this year and the 18-year-old partnered her seventh winner of the season as Fiulin captured the Novice riders’ contest. This race changed shape when course winner Clew Bay Cove was badly hampered by a loose horse and taken wide entering the final circuit when travelling well. “I managed to keep my horse out of that trouble. Pony racing has taught me so much so I kept to the rails and took a pull,” explained Bryony. Fiulin’s owner/trainer Ross Oliver had made the journey from Cornwall. “The only other time I came here was back in 2004 when Will Biddick rode his first ever winner on Let’s Fly. He was the best horse I have had,” reminisced the veteran trainer.

Foxy Dolly continued her upward curve when just getting the better of Ned White in the 14-strong Restricted. The Chanin brothers were locked in combat over the final 100 yards with Ian just getting the upper hand over Tom near the line. A big, strong mare who has taken time to come to hand, Foxy Dolly is owned and trained by the father and son combination of Stewart and Robert Reddaway. “She was bought privately in Ireland as a four-year-old,” said Robert.

Rush ‘N’ Roll proved to be another family success in the Intermediate. This gelding runs for the Dorset based Legg family and scored by seven lengths in the hands of 22 –year-old Michael Legg who is based with Colin Tizzard. Michaels’ father Nigel saddled the well made chestnut and explained; “he hated the soft ground at Milborne and didn’t jump a twig. He lost his confidence a bit when falling there but has bounced back nicely here.”

Miss Cupcake was not hard pressed to open her account under Jo Buck in the Hunt race. Bred by Stewart Pike, who had won this race in 1978 with her grandam Roman Lilly, Miss Cupcake is now owned by Jacqui McCullough and trained by Leslie Jefford. “She has been waiting for better ground and although she has grown up this year she is still a bit immature,” explained Leslie.

RESULTS

Axe Vale, Stafford Cross Preview

Axe Vale host this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting at Stafford Cross near Seaton on Sunday April 28th. An action packed day is in store with seven races on the card preceded by two pony races commencing at 12 noon.

First up is the Hunt Members race at 1:30pm in which Miss Cupcake could follow up on her four lengths second to Coin River last weekend for jockey Jo Buck. Before The War for trainer Ed Walker is another to consider having run second at Ston Eston in March behind Little George and has wins at Larkhill and Lower Machen to his credit.

In the J & F J Baker of Colyton Confined, I’m In Charge relished the drying ground at Badbury Rings scoring in the Intermediate three quarters of a length ahead of Hinceslea Moor. The Neil Harris-trained Bowntobebad came in only four lengths behind Double Bank in tiring conditions at Cothelstone and could prove the main danger.

The Lee Clifford Agricultural Engineers sponsored Mixed Open could see Richard Barber-trained Flanshan give leading jockey Will Biddick another win here. He acts any is a previous course winner and could follow up on his third at Kingston St Mary less than a length behind Special Occasion and Certain Flight. Another to consider Classic Swain won at Milborne St Andrew five lengths ahead of Crank Hill.

Roseyroo could take the Matford Land Rover Intermediate race for trainer Louise Cabble having taken the Restricted at Cothelstone five lengths ahead of Carlos Gardel and looks ready to step up to Intermediate company. Sunken Secret under Pippa Glanville ran third at Cherrybrook behind Searree and Delta Borget, and followed that up with a second last weekend at Flete Park.

Chesnut Annie, the prolific winning mare with thirty four wins to her credit is entered in the CA Club Members Novice Riders race. She was only just denied increasing her tally at Lydstep when Fairpoint got up to win by a nose. Barneys Mate could see Martin McIntyre add to his points currently heading the Novice Riders table. Fiulin for leading lady novice Bryony Frost and My Minds Maid for trainer Harry Fry are others to consider.

29 are entered in the Restricted and of these Pamplona Run for the Barber team won impressively first time out at Trebudannon. Marlpit Oak for trainer James Young ran well at Buckfastleigh and was only just headed by Fairytale Theatre following up with a ten length win at Hackwood Park, and Sir Watty is another to have won well when winning his Maiden at Cherrybrook.

The Open Maiden race wraps up the day’s events sponsored by Everys Solicitors and with 23 entered head to the bookies for form guide.

Location Stafford Cross, near Seaton on A3052 Postcode EX24 6HZ

The course offers a Tote, bookmakers, catering, bar and trade stands. Entrance car & occupants’ £20 car & driver £10

Dartmoor, Flete Park, Saturday 20th April 2013 Report

AT last a lovely warm, sunny day which saw a massive crowd enjoying the best that point-to-pointing can offer in the picturesque setting of Flete Park.

The featured Lord Mildmay of Flete four miles Mixed Open attracted a quality field of eight stayers, with last year’s winner Wee Fly and Gershwinner sent of 3-1 joint favourites. 7-2 chance Faasel soon had his head in front though, stalked by Gershwinner for the first three miles. Wee Fly jumped into second place at the top of the hill, but despite the best efforts of Bryony Frost, the prolific mare could not get past the game Faasel.

Michael Heard was partnering his eighth point-to-point winner of the season in a year which has also seen his career under rules taking shape. Now 12-years-old, Faasel is a grand Heard family-owned veteran who has grade 1 winning form to his credit in his younger days. “He is quite a lazy horse at home. Hopefully we can go for the Eggesford four-miler on our own track (Upcott Cross) on May 6,” said John Heard.

Bryony Frost had earlier won the Hunt race on Susan Roe’s promising six-year-old Railway Vic. “He is quite clever and just does enough, I knew he would have the speed when he was challenged,” reported Bryony, who celebrated her 18th birthday a week ago and is still in the lead for the National novice riders’ title.

Josh Guerriero has a great chance of landing the Devon & Cornwall jockeys’ championship and partnered his 15th winner of the season when Ann’s Lottery just pipped Gontdevon in the 14-strong Restricted. A lonely looking Tim Dennis had saddled this winner on behalf of his mother Jill and explained, “My sister Lucy had a baby girl last Tuesday and mother is away with her. The owner is on holiday in the West Indies.” Seven-year-old Ann’s Lottery was scoring for the second time in the colours of lottery winner Ann Young and could be seen under rules in the summer.

Print The Money and Josh Guerriero just failed to follow up for the Dennis yard in the Confined, just succumbing to Michael Legg’s mount Swansbrook, with Pauillac and Tamatown hot on their heels. This was quite a controversial race which kept the stewards busy and the outcome in abeyance for 20 minutes. The Sue Popham trained Swansbrook, a model of consistency this year, had just drifted across Print The Money on the run-in. The stewards considered any interference to be accidental however and the result was certainly not affected. At the same time however a void race looked a possibility. Most eyes will have seen the whole nine-strong field waved to the right around the ninth fence to avoid an ambulance picking up a fallen rider, and waved to the left at that obstacle on the final circuit. It was eventually decided that as the whole field had been diverted on safety grounds there is a rule to permit by-passing both sides of a jump and the result stood. Phew!

The two Maiden races were each divided on the day. The two and a half miles version for younger horses saw close finishes to each section. Jennys Layla gave Leanda Tickle her third winner of the season when just holding Raffa, who had looked dangerous when pecking at the last. “I bought her for £750 at Ascot sales and there are eight or nine in the owning syndicate. She wants give in the ground,” remarked Lydford trainer Pauline Geering.

The other division proved memorable for jockey Jake Bament who partnered his first winner on his third ride in a blanket finish of heads and necks. The young rider refused to be flustered as his mount Pasternak Jack was challenged by the fast finishing Gingers Reflection and Flood Tide inside the final 100 yards. “I just can’t believe it,” was the first reaction of yet another successful pony racing recruit, who had his 17th birthday two days previously. “He came to us last year and did well at the racing school at Newmarket, he looks a natural”, commented the winners trainer Kayley Jones.

Five-year-old Punter Friendly, a Doncaster sales purchase last August, lived up to his name in the first three miles Open Maiden. Owned by Richard and Sylvia Francome, this well backed 6-4 favourite had a sound recent form line on his CV and was always travelling well in the hands of Ed Barrett.

The new Flete Park clerk of the course Sam Holdsworth can be proud of the fact that a total of 75 runners turned out for the eight races on near perfect going. Sam was not going to be left out of the action on the track, and saddled his family owned and bred Music of Time to a very easy victory in the final Maiden in the hands of Tom Chanin.

RESULTS

Dartmoor, Flete Park Preview

It’s party time for Point-to-Point racegoers where the popular picnic track of Flete Park is the venue for this weekend’s meeting on Saturday April 20th, and with over one hundred entries and the weather set fair it is sure to be a great family day out.

Two pony races head the action at 1pm with the main six race card commencing at 2pm.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Elizabeth May Memorial Members race in which Deborah Treneer’s Uncle Keef could head the field having won the Hunt Members at Buckfastleigh and then going on to take the Mixed Open at Great Trethew for jockey Tom Chanin beating Come What Augustus by fifteen lengths. Sir Watty is another to consider having made all unchallenged to win his Maiden at Cherrybrook for popular jockey Darren Edwards. Sunken Secret is a previous course winner here and recently ran well for young jockey Pippa Glanville having progressed from pony racing giving her a third at Cherrybrook in the Intermediate behind Searree and Delta Borget.

In the Gillard Motors sponsored Restricted race, connections of Takamaru have been waiting for softer ground following her win at Great Trethew romping home twelve lengths ahead of the favourite Bach On Tow, she followed that win up with a close second behind Deb’s Dasher at Treborough Hill.

The Totnes & Bridgetown four mile Mixed Open has Faasel seeking a seasons hat-trick having scored at Wadebridge coming home three quarters of a length ahead of Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh. He was an easy winner at Blackforest Lodge, when twenty lengths ahead of Betabob. Others to consider are River Indus having battled on well to win the Dulverton four miler last month, the renowned stayer King’s Wood and previous course winner Come What Augustus.

Next up is the Open Maiden 2m4f with 27 entries this race may be divided, of the entries, Posh Totty came close to winning at both Great Trethew meetings, running second by a length to Typical Oscar and then second again by one and a half lengths to Railway Vic.

In the Rogers of Plymouth sponsored Confined race Print The Money won a Confined at Wadebridge on soft ground for jockey Josh Guerriero and trainer Jill Dennis, and followed that up with a second on good to soft at Trebudannon behind King of Alcatraz.

The final race of the day is the Open Maiden race for four, five, six-year-olds and over, attracting another 27 entries this may also be divided.

The course attracts many trade stands from antiques to tack, clothing, produce and gifts. Usual on course facilities catering, bar and bookmakers. Entrance car and driver £10, car and occupants £20. Course is located off A379 Modbury to Plymouth road. Postcode PL21 9NX

Modbury Harriers, Flete Park Preview

It’s party time for point-to-point racegoers with the popular picnic track of Flete Park the venue for this Saturday’s meeting and with over one hundred entries and the weather set fair it is sure to be a great family day out.

Two pony races start the action at 1pm with the main six race card commencing at 2pm.

Full Circle Motors sponsor the Elizabeth May Memorial Members race in which Deborah Treneer’s Uncle Keef could head the field having won the hunt members’ race at Buckfastleigh and then going on to take the mixed open at Great Trethew for jockey Tom Chanin beating Come What Augustus by 15 lengths. Sir Watty is another to consider. He mad all to win his maiden at Cherrybrook unchallenged under Darren Edwards, and Sunken Secret is a previous course winner here and recently ran well for young jockey Pippa Glanville who has graduated from pony racing and finished third at Cherrybrook in the intermediate behind Searree and Delta Borget.

In the restricted connections of Takamaru have been waiting for softer ground following her win at Great Trethew romping home 12 lengths ahead of the favourite Bach On Tow. She followed that win up with a close second behind Deb’s Dasher at Treborough Hil.

The Totnes & Bridgetown four-mile mixed open has Faasel seeking a seasons hat-trick having scored at Wadebridge ahead of Hunter Chase winner Kirkleigh, and at Blackforest Lodge when 20 lengths ahead of Betabob. Others to consider are River Indus who battled on well to win the Dulverton four-miler last month, the renowned stayer King’s Wood and previous course winner Come What Augustus.

Next up is the open maiden 2m4f and with 27 entries this race may be divided. Of the entries Posh Totty came close to winning at both Great Trethew meetings running second by a length to Typical Oscar and then second again by one and a half lengths to Railway Vic.

In the Rogers of Plymouth-sponsored confined race Print The Money won a confined at Wadebridge on soft going for jockey Josh Guerriero and trainer Jill Dennis and followed that up with a second on good to soft at Trebudannon behind King of Alcatraz.

The final race of the day is the open maiden race for four, five, six year olds and over, attracting another 27 entries this may also be divided.

The course attracts many trade stands including antiques, tack, clothing, produce and gifts. On course facilities include catering, bar and bookies. Entrance is £10 for car and driver and £20 for car and all occupants. The course is located off the A379 Modbury to Plymouth road, postcode PL21 9NX.

Spooners & West Dartmoor , Cherrybrook, Sunday 7th April 2013 Report

INDIANA BAY just prevailed in a fast run Mixed Open on another afternoon blighted for the good crowd of spectators by a bitterly cold wind on the edge of Dartmoor.

The seven Open runners were quickly strung out as front runner Ashclyst set a furious gallop from flagfall. Gershwinner just about kept tabs on the leader, but the remainder of the field, including the eventual winner, toiled well off the pace. At the fourth last across the top of the course, the odds-on favourite Indiana Bay was still a remote 30 lengths back in third, but gradually crept closer under in-form Josh Guerriero. His ten lengths deficit at the second last was quickly whittled away and he was able to pounce on the rapidly tiring Ashclyst just a few yards from the line.

Six-year-old Indiana Bay had started an unbeaten hat trick of wins last year in a Maiden on this course and evidently has a liking for faster ground. “It was too soft for him when Lucette Annie beat him at Buckfastleigh last time,” said trainer Jill Dennis, who has the gelding in her Bude yard for owner Charlie Rush, and could aim the gelding at the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final on May 7th. .

Hameldown Tor also scored at this track last season, and ran on gamely to hold Swansbrook in the Confined under Ed Barrett. This nine-year-old grandson of Gold Cup runner-up Dubacilla has been first past the post in his last three races, but was demoted for interference at the Cotley . He has not been the luckiest of horses: “He had a cracked pelvis earlier in his career and did a suspensory winning his Maiden at Buckfastleigh and had to have a year off,” reported Ken Edwards on behalf of the six strong owners who make up the Otter Club.

Buzz Me In initiated a double for Darren Edwards in the Restricted. Ryan Chapman’s Irish import was left in the lead when Ladfromhighworth unseated Vicky Wade at the penultimate. “He likes better going and was no good at Wadebridge last time in the soft. We might go for the Exeter Intermediate final if the ground is on the firm side,” reported the owner/trainer. Buzz Me In’s dam is a half sister to Cool Friend who was just touched off in the John Smith’s Aintree Foxhunter last week.

Darren Edwards completed his double and reached double figures for the season when Sir Watty made all to win the second maiden section. The strong bodied Presenting gelding is owned and trained by West country stalwart David Rogers. “I bought him at Ascot sales and he had lots of problems in Ireland,” said the owner whose colours have been successfully carried in the area for many years.

Foxy Dolly and Ian Chanin steadily drew clear from three out and jumped the final fence in puissance style before winning the other division of the Maiden for the Reddaway family. Robert Reddaway does all the work on the well backed seven-year-old mare who was sourced from Gerald Penfold in Ireland. “She has been waiting for good ground and needs more racing experience,” said Robert.

Searree was another mare to appreciate the quicker going in winning the Exeter Intermediate qualifier and could join the list of candidates for the final. Michael Heard’s mount just held the sustained challenge of Delta Borget. The winner is trained a few miles away from the course at Lydford by Pauline Geering on behalf of owner David Congdon. “She hated the ground on Easter Monday and needs firm. She also prefers a left handed track”, remarked the owner. Michael Heard was partnering his seventh pointing winner of the season to add to three successes under rules.

It was good to see 31 year old Jimmy Cole claim the Hunt race on his own Furmagiatt. Jimmy produced his trademark wave when crossing the winning line in front for the first time this season. “He has had tendon trouble and been hard to train since I got him at Ascot sales,” said Jimmy, who has four horses in his Okehampton yard and spends a lot of time running marathons in the South West.

RESULTS

Eggesford, Upcott Cross Preview

A bumper entry of over 150 entries have been received for this weekend’s point-to-point meeting at Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction which is staged by the Eggesford Foxhounds. Two pony races get the action started at 12 noon, then an eight race card gets underway.

The feature race of the day is the four-mile Simpkins Edwards sponsored-Devon National Mixed Open in which Lucette Annie bids to follow up on her win here last season. The hunt members’ race gets the card underway at 1pm in which Faasel would be a popular winner for the Heard family. The gelding has won two men’s opens for jockey Michael Heard. Another entry is Hallo Dolly for the Prouse family. He ran on gamely under Darren Edwards to win a restricted at Trebudannon recently. Another entry trained by Sarah Prouse is Cracking Habit who put up a bold bid when second to Port Melon in a maiden at the same meeting.

Exeter Racecourse sponsors the intermediate and of the Ed Walker-trained entries Blazing Whale has been knocking at the door to win an intermediate having finished second to Ruapehu at Buckfastleigh, third at both Kilworthy and Blackforest Lodge, and looking unlucky whne he was brought down at Bishops Court when travelling well. Think About That, from the same yard, has quickly progressed from winning his maiden at Charlton Horethorn to taking the restricted at Ston Easton by 20 lengths over odds on favorite Mrs Fir for jockey Ed Barrett.

The confined race for novice riders could see Come What Augustus find his old form having previously won 15 Points. He recently finished  third behind Fiulin and Doof at Buckfastleigh for jockey Jake Bament. Just Amazing missed a marker at Wadebridge but came back to take second at Kingston St Mary finishing only a neck behind Mister Moonax. This ten-year-old Presenting-sired gelding has 15 chase wins to his credit is sure to go close.

The game mare Lucette Annie, who always goes well on soft ground, could repeat her victory here in the mixed open if she finds the ground to her liking. The Simon Partridge-trained mare took this race last season beating For The Staff by four lengths and has also won the mixed open’s at both Buckfastleigh meetings this season for jockey Darren Edwards. This race may be a stiffer task than last year with 25 quality entries.

In the restricted, of the 28 entered Port Melon for the Richard Barber team won impressively at Trebudannon six lengths ahead of Cracking Habit for current leading jockey Will Biddick, and another Richard Barber entry Kostaquarter won his maiden at Larkhill for Jack Barber.

The open maiden has already been divided into three divisions and each is sure to provide a thrilling end to the days events. Dave Phillips Bookmakers and The Dawn Meat Co are two of the sponsors.

The course is located off the A3079 at Halwill junction postcode EX21 5AE. Entry is £10 per car and driver and £20 per car and three passengers. On site will be all on course facilities bar, bookies, catering and trade stands.

Spooners & West Dartmoor, Cherrybrook Preview

Spooners & West Dartmoor hosts this weekend’s Point-to-Point meeting at Cherrybrook on Sunday April 7. With seven races on the card attracting more than one hundred entries this course offers ideal viewing for racegoers with a pretty backdrop of Dartmoor giving a great location.

The Hunt Members sponsored by Condy Mathias is the first race up at 1pm and of those entered Diamond Brook for trainer Emma Loosemore ran a good second by three and a half lengths to Swansbrook at Blackforest Lodge, and was then unlucky at Buckfastleigh when falling having led the race until three fences from home.

Tyre Marks of Tavistock sponsor the Restricted which is full of progressive talent. The Camilla Scott trained Ladfromhighworth ran well when four lengths second behind Hunter Chase winner Robin Will at Buckfastleigh in February, this front runner had made virtually all when winning his Maiden at Blackforest Lodge and should prefer the drier going. Kostaquarta from the Richard Barber yard is another to consider after his Maiden win at Larkhill for jockey Jack Barber.

In the Mixed Open Checkerboard from the inform Kayley Jones yard won the Mens Open at Wadebridge in March four lengths ahead of Osric. Indiana Bay is a previous course winner here and Sericina has found her form again having beaten Uncle Keef on good ground in February for trainer Chloe Roddick. This race is sponsored by Synergy Chartered Accountants.

The Confined entries could see Hameldown Tor a previous course winner here turn out again after his second at Cotley last weekend to John Daniell, another entry to win last weekend is King of Alcatraz when taking the Confined at Trebudannon for trainer Roy Smith if they are absent then the connections of Diamond Brook may choose this race over the Members and cannot be ruled out.

Exeter Racecourse sponsor the Intermediate and of those entered The Wealerdealer won at Larkhill in March when sent off odds-on favourite for jockey Will Biddick beating Gort Na Lea by a head. Blazing Whale for trainer Ed Walker ran second to Raupehu at Buckfastleigh and previous wins are on good going, and Searree for Pauling Geering prefers drier ground and could be in the mix if turning out again after his second to Fiulin at Trebudannon.

The Open Maiden race has already been divided with 20 and 19 entries in each division.

Course location is 2 miles north of Tavistock signed from A386 PL19 0LA. Entrance is £10 car & driver £5 additional adults.

All on course facilities bar, bookmakers, hot refreshments and trade stands.

Four Burrow, Trebudannon, Monday 1st April 2013 Report

The ever improving Batu Ferringhi gave a superb exhibition of jumping to win the Cornish National in front of a good crowd at Trebudannon. The seven-year-old was contesting his first Open, but continually out jumped the useful Faasel over the three and a half miles trip. Batu Ferringhi, who put his jockey Josh Guerriero on the 13 winner mark for the season, runs in the colours of Claire Hitch and her family, and is trained by Claire who does well with her small string on the edge of Exmoor.

The Ladies’ Open saw Double Mead continue her winning ways but she gave her backers a real fright when crashing through the open ditch in front of the enclosures on the final circuit. Alex Dunn did well to retain the partnership, and the useful mare had too much pace for Miss Midnight after the challenging Miss Saffron had given Lucy Gardner a nasty fall five from home.

Hallo Dolly, owned and trained by Sarah Prouse, also proved a game mare, running on well under Darren Edwards to withstand the late burst of Point West in the 10 runner Restricted. Vicky Wade took a crashing fall from Santiago Sun in the event, but had earlier steered the progressive King of Alcatraz to a smooth success in the Confined. Roy Smith’s likeable grey gelding is stabled with Neil Harris and is likely to be aimed at a maiden hunter chase later in the season. “I got him for Roy at Fairyhouse sales and he got his name because Roy was in San Francisco at the time doing the tourist bit and visiting Alcatraz,” laughed Neil.

Richard Barber has an enviable strike rate at Trebudannon and a Maiden race double brought a reminder of his four wins here last Easter. This time his two winners, both ridden by champion jockey Will Biddick, were making their racecourse debuts and wore the colours of local owner Graham Roach. The Presenting gelding Port Melon made steady progress to overhaul Hallo Dolly’s half brother Cracking Habit in the home straight in the two and a half miles Maiden.. “He hasn’t had a hard race and will come on for that,” exclaimed Biddick.

Pamplona Run completed the Dorset yards double after running loose prior to the start. The gelding ran a little green in the race but showed plenty of determination to see off the gallant effort of Little Wadham approaching the last. The winner’s dam was placed in a champion hurdle for Francois Doumen, and this Flemensfirth youngster was bought privately in Ireland as a foal.

Bryony Frost has a great chance of landing the National Novice Riders’ title this year and took her score to six when Ross Oliver’s Fiulin won the farmers’ race. Fiulin is, “a big baby in the stable and a kid could ride him at home,” smiled Ross, who trains with much success a short distance from this Cornish track.

RESULTS