THREE clear favourites won at Ottery St Mary, but punters generally had the better of the exchanges for most of the afternoon with plenty of other well backed winners.
Emma Watson’s first career winner, Delphi Mountain, was backed at 6’s and 5’s in the opener and looked to have the odds-on favourite Level Spirit (4-7 to 4-5) in trouble when the latter fell at the last when delivering his challenge. The eventual runner up Tamatown (beaten 20 lengths) was a springer from 25’s to 12’s in a weak market.
The winner of the first Maiden, Good Grammar, was easy to back at 9-4 out to 3’s. This good looking seven-year-old is from the family of Best Mate and stayed on well under Nick Williams. The form looks solid enough and placed horses I’m All Set (8’s to 10’s) and Swincombe Scorchio (5-2 out to 7-2) should progress. Money went astray in this contest with Brandy and Red (14’s to 7’s) making several errors before finishing fourth and the disappointing Bertie’s Way‘s (4’s to 2-1 fav) failed to reproduce Wadebridge promise.
I made a personal contribution to bookies profits thanks to thinking that Nick Williams would follow up his win with Boost The Power (5-1) in the other Maiden division. This time the Biddick / Barber machine proved unstoppable thanks to Earthpower (easy to back at 3’s)
The Mixed Open was more predictable with the game Kirkleigh defying his penalty in good style (evens – 11-10 fav). There was money for runner up Fiulin (6’s – 11-2) who ran well and can score when jumping more proficiently. Bellsinni Ron (6-4 – 5-4) was off the bit nearly all the way and seems to need headgear.
Mic’s Delight gave Jennifer Davenport a deserved initial success with a clear cut victory in the Novice Riders’ contest. The combination had threatened to prevail in three previous runs this season and punters who took the 4-6 available at the off were soon forming an orderly queue to collect.
The Jack Barber trained Bien Connu justified 5-4 favouritism in the Intermediate, but Mangan’s Turn (evens fav) , from the same yard, proved no match for Dicky Bob, who drifted from 2’s to a very backable 4’s in the Restricted.
The concluding Maiden for older horses (8 year olds and over) provided easy pickings for the ex-Jonjo O’Neill hurdler Downtown Manhattan. Exmoor trainer Claire Hitch does well with this type of horse and Will Biddick’s mount was not hard pressed to open his account having been supported from 5’s into 3-1,
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The following photographer was at the meeting: Tim Holt
Sunday 8th March 2015, the rescheduled East Cornwall (Feb) Point-To-Point, Great Trethew, nr Liskeard. The entries for the fixture stand from the original 22nd February date.
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