JOCKEY Darren Edwards teamed up with Lifton trainer Dean Summersby in scoring a first and last race double at Trebudannon, which just about escaped the circulating showers. The flags on the winning posts however indicated a very stiff following breeze up the home straight
Indian Dancer had shown promise on this track on Easter Monday and stayed on well in the opening Maiden race to overhaul long time leader Boymann just after the last fence.
“He was keen early, jumped well, and stayed on for me after hitting a flat spot on the last bend,” reported Darren Edwards. A good looking seven-year-old, the winner was bought by Dean Summersby at Ascot sales last October. He is owned by the trainer in conjunction with Belinda Fuller and Eileen Worth. “He has improved with every race but has done enough for the season now,” remarked the trainer.
Mausefalle took Darren Edwards to the 12-winner mark for the season when staying on well up the home straight in the concluding Restricted race, despite fiddling the last two obstacles. Dean Summersby bought the gelding at Doncaster sales last May and was saddling the seven-year-old for owner Mike Bickell.
Double Mead has travelled far and wide this season in her bid to add to her impressive tally of six victories last year. Her Ladies’ Open wins this year have come as far away as Marks Tey and Godstone, and this time the trip down the A30 to Cornwall from her yard at West Buckland near Wellington, Somerset, paid off in the Mixed Open. Alex Dunn rides and trains this mare and had the 12-year-old handily placed until hitting the front just after half way. “We are lucky to have such a good mare. She won here last year and this course is kept in such good condition. We could have gone to Maisemore Park last Monday but we think so much of this mare that we choose her ground carefully. They have moved all the fences to fresh ground and we came here for that reason,” explained the jockey’s mother Katherine Smith-Maxwell who owns the mare.
Robbie Henderson currently leads the Devon & Cornwall jockey’s table by a comfortable margin and his win on Hameldown Tor in the PPORA Club race took him to the 28-winner mark for the season, just six behind National title leader Will Biddick. Hameldown Tor was not hard pressed to hold off Rob Hawker’s mount Mr Redwood. The Ed Walker trained winner runs in the colours of the Otter Club syndicate, whose spokesman Ken Edwards nominated the John Corbett Cup at Stratford as his next likely objective. “He tries hard and has been placed every time this season so we wanted to give him a confidence booster here,” said the jockey.
The Open Maiden race for mares and fillies attracted 12 runners. Paper Lady, ridden by Bryony Frost, stepped up on her recent promising debut in this country at Flete Park by staying on gamely to hold the sustained challenge of the favourite Queen’s Law (Leanda Tickle). Bryony Frost took herself to double figures for the season on this winner who looks a tough sort. The Beneficial mare had been sourced in Ireland through Hadden Frost and Gerald Penfold. “She obviously stays well and we are looking for an owner,” said Jimmy Frost.
Leanda Tickle was narrowly beaten on Queen’s Law and went one better by winning the three miles Open Maiden on Dusky. Leanda was also reaching the 10-winner mark for the season and is hot on the heels of Bryony Frost in her quest for a first area lady jockey’s title. The five-year-old Winged Love gelding Dusky became the first training success for the jockey’s 26-year-old brother Joe Tickle who said, “I have three in training at South Molton including Boymann, who was just beaten in the first race. I broke Dusky in last summer. He is home bred by Rodney Gay, but unfortunately Rodney died last Christmas and never got to see him run. The gelding now runs for Rodney’s widow Vivienne.
There was disturbing news from Ross Oliver about his prolific winning mare Wee Fly who has been a star in the area for some time. Ross told me, “I was driving the lorry home from galloping the horses on the moor when a car came out of nowhere just a mile from home. I had to jam the brakes on and Wee Fly suffered cuts in the accident. She will have to be retired and will be covered eventually. The car driver drove off without stopping.”