REPORT ON THE NORTH CORNWALL POINT-TO-POINT AT THE ROYAL CORNWALL SHOWGROUND, WADEBRIDGE, SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2014
WRITTEN BY GRANVILLE TAYLOR
The going was soft with heavy patches on the showground and the driving rain and gusty wind refused to relent throughout the afternoon. The huge barn proved to be a haven for rain soaked spectators able to cuddle up with just a handful of bookies.
It proved to be a memorable afternoon for two young jockeys riding their first winners.
.MEMBERS (Moores St Wenn Ltd)
Joaaci found conditions to his liking when just denying last year’s winner Buzz Me In by a short head, giving his rider David Noonan his first success. Despite idling a little after taking command, 14-year-old Joaaci had his wise old head in front where it mattered. Ryan Chapman gave Buzz Me In a most heroic ride and his willing partner deserves consolation.
“We couldn’t find anywhere to school Joaaci because of the wet ground and this is the first time David has sat on him,” said Looe trainer Pat Shaw. The 18-year-old jockey, from Kilbrin, CountyCork, was having his first ride in England after four unsuccessful forays in his native country. “I rode for Eugene O’Sullivan in Ireland and have been with David Pipe since August. I have had a lot of support and advice in the yard, particularly from Gerry Supple,” reported the rider.
PPORA NOVICE RIDERS’ (Hop Oils Ltd)
The young Irishman almost followed up on Ross Oliver’s Fiulin who started 7-4 favourite. Despite taking up the running by-passing the waterlogged 15th fence, Fiulin was soon found wanting in the soft ground and faded to finish third. This event went to the improving Sobre Tresor who survived a blunder at the last to give Taylor Pook her first win on her first ride. “That was a remarkable effort by the jockey considering her lack of experience,” exclaimed Chloe Newman, who trains the winner on behalf of her mother Ros at Woolminstone near Crewkerne.
The 21-year-old rider, who works for Alan King at BarburyCastle, almost missed the ride having been kicked in the face by a horse at the stables last Friday. “I have got a black eye (which I naively thought was eye shadow) and the stitches glued above my eye came undone during the race,” the young rider told me. She had presented herself to the doctor as a precaution before the race and was intending to visit the local hospital en route home for running repairs.
RESTRICTED (Ray Davies Foods Ltd)
Kayley Woollacott saddled Lightening Jack to win the Restricted and followed up when Ratline Rosie won the Maiden to give 22-year- old Jamie Thomas, who works in the Woollacott yard, his first ever double.
20-1 outsider Lightening Jack just prevailed in a blanket finish to the seven-runner Restricted, just denying the heavily backed Brackenwood and long time leader Glenwood Present. “He was not quite right when he ran at Black Forest Lodge but he is going a lot better now,” commented the trainer who saddled the Bach gelding for John Pearn who acted as a steward at the meeting. “This is my first winner in Cornwall. I bought Lightening Jack from Rob Skinner and he had done lots of hunting, including a day ridden by Paul Carberry,” remarked the popular owner.
OPEN MAIDEN (Stephens Scown Solicitors)
Jamie Thomas just got Lady Earle’s six-year-old mare Ratline Rosie home to complete the double. Tiger Wild had made a sluggish start, but Conor Smith worked his mount through the field to lead on the bottom bend, only to be mugged by Ratline Rosie in the last stride .“I got her for only £800 as a two-year-old at Doncaster and Jamie gave her a great ride,” remarked the owner.
MEN’S OPEN (Kivells)
Only five went to post but it was quite a competitive affair. The former Paul Nicholls trained Valentine Vic took the eye in the paddock and looked the likely winner jumping the last in company with 11-10 favourite Working Title and Googoobarabajagal. It was Michael Heard’s mountGoogoobarabajagal who produced the most determined effort on the gruelling climb to the post, coming between his two rivals to score by half a length over Valentine Vic, with Working Title a similar distance away in third. “The horses are going through the ground okay and my horse stays forever,” said the rider. The winner, said by his trainer John Heard to, “pull out a bit stiff in the mornings,” (a problem I am quite familiar with) loves Wadebridge, and was adding to his two victories at the track last season.
LADIES’ OPEN (Cornish Mutual)
Byerley Bear had little trouble in beating his sole rival Hilda Wild under Jo Buck in the Ladies’ Open. Trained by Robert Chanin for Roger Knowles, this nine-year-old is now unbeaten in four runs at the showground and now has hunter chasing on his agenda.
CONFINED (Three Cornish Farriers)
The bright yellow silks carried by Michael Legg on Iron Chancellor showed up well in the gathering gloom. Starting at 4-7 this former ‘chase winner came home untroubled to win by a distance. The Alderbrook gelding was bought at Doncaster last May for £5,800 and can make his mark in hunter chases. “He is not over big and I thought he was the least fit of my five horses,” laughed West Buckland trainer Sue Popham.
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The next meeting is the Silverton Point-To-Point, on Sunday 12th January 2014 at Black Forest Lodge