THE reigning Devon & Cornwall area Ladies’ champion Bryony Frost paid a successful visit to Larkhill on Saturday when scoring on her only ride AIKIDEAU in the nine strong Ladies’ Open. The formerly useful National Hunt performers Silverburn and Stonemaster departed at the second fence, and Bryony’s mount Aikideau took the measure of runner-up Boomtown Kat when the latter blundered at the second last.
Now trained by Jack Barber, the winner was placed in Grade 3 novice hurdle company for Paul Nicholls and obviously finds racing between the flags an easier option.
Jack Barber, in his first season training pointers just half a mile from his grandfather Richard Barber’s yard, had earlier saddled and ridden the seven-year-old mare SUBTLE SOVEREIGN to win the 19 – runner Restricted
THEATRE QUEEN had blotted her copybook earlier in the season at Wadebridge when losing 30 lengths at the start before finishing third, but this very smart mare more than made amends with an impressive 12 lengths victory under her trainer Mark Wall in the Coronation Cup. This race is one of the season’s point-to-point classics and the mare’s scalps included the useful pointers Bellsinni Ron (Will Biddick) and Rumbavu (Sam Waley-Cohen)
The going on Salisbury Plain was just on the soft side which was quite remarkable considering the amount of rainfall and the loss of many other fixtures.