Buckfastleigh normally attracts plenty of runners, a good crowd and a strong betting market and Sunday was no exception
Although only two clear favourites obliged, most of the winners were well fancied
BEUVRON had a simple task in the opening Hunt race but offers of 1-3 made no appeal and his starting odds of 1-4 made even less appeal.
CROSSPARK took the eye in the parade ring for the first Maiden and looked fit for his racecourse debut, He is a home bred half brother to It’s a Long Road who scored twice over hurdles last month. The early 6’s about Crosspark soon disappeared and his SP was only 3-1. He is one to keep in mind.
In the same race AAH BLESS was backed from 10’s to 6’s. He enjoys soft ground and stayed on late to take third. ROAD TO SUCCESS (5-4 to 2’s) was an uneasy favourite and finished fourth. He is another soft ground type and should win a Maiden.
Division two of the Maiden looked quite open with unlucky Cothelstone loser OLDEDDIETHEREBEL heading the market at 5-2 (from 2’s). Once again the Old Vic youngster ran well and just failed to cope with the Kayf Tara newcomer WEE SAXON who drifted from 3-1 out to 6’s. This pair finished well clear of the remainder and the form looks reasonable.
It was 16-1 bar two in the Mixed Open with THE MYTHOLOGIST (4-5 fav) and LUCETTE ANNIE (5-4 after touching 11-8) dominating the betting. The mare Lucette Annie is in her element in the mud at Buckfastleigh and had the race in safe keeping from a long way out. Her market rival looked cooked when Robbie Henderson pulled him up in the shadow of the penultimate fence
I had left my running shoes at home so missed out in the rush to get 2’s for the worthy Intermediate winner DICKY BOB (7-4 at the off). This likeable grey is improving with each race and eased clear of his rivals on the top bend. The 11-10 fav LOTUS POND had won his last three races but the South Shropshire gelding might have gone a bit quick in the testing ground and had nothing left in the closing stages.
All 12 runners finished in the Novice Riders’ contest won by the useful SILVER TOKEN ( 11-8 fav). His 16-year-old jockey Harry Cobden worked his way through the field after half way and delivered a well timed challenge to overhaul the game MIC’S DELIGHT (4’s to 7-2) on the downhill run to the last.
MONTECITO was Will Biddick’s only mount of the day but drifted from 4-6 out to 6-4 in the Restricted. He dropped out rapidly along the back straight and was pulled up. 20-1 chance DONPIERRE made a bold bid to make all, but the eventual winner MISS GOTAWAY (5-1) was always travelling easily and drew away in the short home straight.
Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk
The official photographer at the meeting is: Tracy Roberts of Turfpix
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