A COOL Summer breeze with plenty of sunshine resulted in another bumper crowd turn out for Sunday’s meeting at Bratton Down where the ground was described officially as firm resulting in top of the ground horses clocking up some fast times.
My Runaway under jockey Robbie Henderson ran away with the opener winning the Hunt Members, sponsored by Winston Pincombe Land Rovers, coming home four lengths ahead of Double Fun for local trainer Kayley Jones. Owners Andrew and Hannah Broggie gave credit to trainer Kayley who has found a suitable way to travel the horse.
“It is the first time all season we have had suitable ground, he has been unlucky, had undergone a colic operation early in his career and then suffered injuries sustained in the trailer whilst at the Chipley Park meeting”
The David Brace – trained Son Of Swallow under jockey Bradley Gibbs took the Intermediate by a neck, leading over the last, then battling the finish out up the steep hill having got the better in a three way dual between Stalbridgeswansong and the late challenge from For Sahkey Money who flew up the hill snatching second, Robbie Lllewellyn who was standing in for David Brace claimed
“Son Of Swallow had some foot issues after winning his Restricted at Didmarton, but a big team effort including that of 11 year old Conor Brace riding him out after school they decided to run the horse again on his preferred ground”.
Nine went to post in the Stags sponsored Open Maiden, Thank Evans under Ben Robarts set the pace until fading after the final ditch leaving Dads Birthday and Dernier Dance tussling two out, Mr Bachster soon joined the battle and resulted in the judges having to sort out the finish with Leanda Tickle timing the race to perfection winning on Mr Bachster by a head from Dernier Dance leaving Dads Birthday another head behind in third. Trainer David Stephens had bought the horse from Ascot sales.
“He was a no hoper but I liked the horse, we soon got over his quirky ways and had to mount him in the box before schooling out, I may target him for a two mile hunter chase next season”.
The Men’s Open was run in memory of the late Sid Tarr, and of the six runners Tom Chanin resumed front running tactics on Ashclyst setting a strong pace ahead of Pastek and a patiently ridden Round Tom. Champion jockey Will Biddick pushed the overdrive button on Round Tom two out and eased clear over the last justifying odds on favourite winning stylishly by 15 lengths in a time of five minutes fifty four. Pastek came home second one and a half lengths ahead of Ashclyst. Round Tom was originally in training with Paul Nicholls and now with Richard Barber who hopes the the horse can be aimed at the Foxhunters at Cheltenham.
“He has now qualified with two open wins, but the horse will only run on firm ground”.
It was a battle of the Welsh trainers in the Ladies Open, seven went to post with Shernally under Jane Williams sent off odds on favourite but struggled after the first circuit with the David Brace OBE-trained Respectueux under Charlotte Prichard setting a strong pace, Shake The Bottle’s took up the running after the last ditch and went on to win for 19 year old jockey Rachel Leyshon leaving Respectueux three lengths down in second and Fiulin in third. It was an emotional win for Shake The Bottles trainer Andrew Leyshon having just lost his half brother Peter Evans to cancer.
“Peter would have still wanted us to run the horse, he was regularly checking up on the horses progress”.
Rachel is working for Tim Vaughan and is leading the West Wales and Southern Wales Ladies title.
Eastleigh Care Homes sponsored the Restricted in which FourStar River was sent off even money favourite of the ten runners under Ian Chanin, punters were given a good run for their money but had to settle for second when Bathwick Scanno under talented young jockey Jamie Bargary got up to snatch a win by a neck on the 2 -1 second favourite. It was Jamies third win, two of them being on this horse and he is hoping for another chance at Umberleigh next weekend. Bathwick Scanno is owned by the Rising Sun Partnership, and trainer Teresa Clark puts his success down to the veterinary team lead by Phil Browne having sorted out his respiratory issues. Teresa is based near Bridgwater and this is her second season training, her first ever win came from Bathwick Scanno last year.
1. MY RUNAWAY
2. DOUBLE FUN
3. ANTRON ISLE(IRE)
1. MR BACHSTER
Miss L Tickle, 9-1
2. DERNIER DANCE (FR)
3. DADS BIRTHDAY
1. SON OF SWALLOW (IRE)
2. FOR SAHKEY MOONY (IRE)
Miss E Hamilton, 25-1
1. ROUND TOM (FR)
2. FOR SAHKEY MOONY
Miss E. Hamilton, 25-1
1. SHAKE THE BOTTLE (IRE)
Miss R. Leyson, 20-1
2. RESPECTUEUX (FR)
Miss C Prichard, 14-1
Miss B Frost, 5-1
1. BATHWICK SCANNO (IRE)
J. Bargary, 2-1
2. FOURSTAR RIVER (IRE)
I. Chanin, 6-4F
3. SPICE HILL (IRE)
A. Johns, 10-1