THE Four Burrow meeting provided an action replay for jockeys Robbie Henderson and Michael Heard, who each repeated their doubles at Upcott Cross just six days earlier. Morning rain gave way to drizzle and low cloud as the afternoon progressed on this popular Cornish track.
Henderson’s day had started on the wrong foot when his mount in the opener, Secret Meeting, slipped and deposited him on the ground on the bend entering the final circuit. The 23-year-old rider soon bounced back however , when Checkerboard, owned by his parents and trained by Kayley Jones took the PPORA Club race for ten-year-olds and over.
12 of the 13 entries faced the starter in this competitive event, but Checkerboard took command at the third last and just held the late thrust of Yufo (Vicky Wade), with Knoxhill Archie just denying 2-1 favourite Wee Fly of third spot.
Henderson completed his double with a positive ride on Jopero who made all the running to win the Mixed Open. The well backed Searree looked a big danger at the penultimate fence, but Jopero was in no mood for being beaten and held off his challenger to win by a neck at the lucrative odds of 25-1. Eight-year-old Jopero, who was opening his account for the season, is jointly owned by Royston Britton, Peter Wade and John Gardener. Jopero is also in the Kayley Jones yard, but the trainer missed seeing her double as she was away saddling her runners at Holnicote. Responding to a stewards inquiry about apparent improvement in form, John Gardener stated that Jopero had, “not had the ground all year and had appreciated the firmer ground conditions.”
Front running tactics also paid off for Michael Heard who took All But Grey into a long lead in the two and a half miles Maiden and never looked like being caught. The cutely named winner is actually a roan gelding , owned by Pilton based Robert Napper and his daughter Gemma and trained by Christine Gray. All But Grey is home bred from the point-to-point mare Butleigh Rose. “All But Grey was a bit unlucky at our local Mendip Farmers meeting when he finished second to a subsequent bumper runner up,” commented the owner.
Michael Heard completed his double with an emphatic pillar to post success on Suesacomin in the three miles Open Maiden. This late developing Teofilio grey mare started favourite on the strength of her good recent second at Flete Park and drew right away from Mr Bachster in the closing stages. The winner was bred locally by Mary Gliddon and is one of only two pointers in the Lamerton yard of Tony Boon who trains her for a local syndicate. “We have tried lots of different headgear and took it all off today,” said Tony, who doubles up his training with running a dairy herd after, “hunting hounds for 35 years.”
It was a day for front runners and Youwouldtoo continued the trend under James Ridley in the Mares and Fillies Maiden, just holding Robbie Henderson’s late challenge on Ratline Rosie. The winner had travelled from Zoe Hammond’s Worcestershire base with connections paying a first visit to the Trebudannon track. Youwouldtoo is owned by her breeder Don Constable who commented, “we were delighted to see the rain today. She has a lovely attitude and got a soft lead.” Her jockey James Ridley, 24 last week, was partnering his sixth winner of the season and reported, “she was a bit green and hanging across to the other horse on the run-in.”
Ned White was also in command from flag fall in the closing Restricted and kept on gamely under Tom Chanin as Miss Cupcake threw down her challenge in the home straight. Jacqui Elliott’s habitual front runner, trained by Robert Chanin, had finished runner-up on his last three outings and rewarded his faithful supporters when justifying 2-1 favouritism on this occasion.