The form held up well at sunny Kilworthy with success for four clear favourites and two second favourites. Punters certainly had the edge during the afternoon and one regular backer found the first seven winners on the eight-race card. On the downside his wife now wants a holiday out of it.
Although RACEY LACEY (5-4 to 6-4) let her backers down in the opening Hunt race, it wasn’t long until the books took a pounding.
DOYEN DYNAMO (solid 6-4 fav) confirmed his Didmarton promise in the first Maiden under a patient ride from Danny Burton. STEEL BRUSH (3’s out to 5’s) was not wanted in the ring but this good looking ex-Irish pointer caught the eye on his British debut to chase the winner home and looks a winner in waiting.
The other division of the Open Maiden had to be divided on the day. WINTER SOLDIER (15-8 fav touched 2’s) just got the better of MOUNT PROSPEX (4 -1) in a driving finish to the first section in the fastest Maiden time of the day.
PETERBROWN (5-4 out to 7-4 fav) has experience under rules and his creditable second to Dicky Bob at Buckfastleigh gave him the form edge in the final maiden. The Karyn Heard trained seven-year-old jumped well and duly obliged under young Jake Bament.
So far so good, but if every favourite won the bookies would be out of business and sure enough the Mixed Open put a stop to the party. The popular South Devon gelding DOUBLE BANK (4-7 – 4-6) made a bold bid to dominate the race but was just caught by LOOSE PREFORMER (9’s to 10’s) on the gruelling final climb.
DICKY BOB is fast becoming a Devon & Cornwall star and the eight-year-old stepped up to Confined company under Jo Buck to record his fourth successive victory. The popular grey was sent off 4-5 fav.
SONOFTHEKING (3’S to 4’S) started second favourite for the 16-runner Restricted under in-form jockey Darren Edwards. He looked held approaching the last, but overhauled the 14-1 outsider TEMPLETON close home. Third placed IT’S ALL OR NOTHING was nibbled at from 14’s to 10’s and can win a Restricted.
The queues for ice cream had subsided when the flag was dropped for the final event at 6 o’clock, but there was plenty of activity in the ring. A few decent bets were seen for FOURSTAR RIVER whose odds rapidly contracted from 8-1 to 5-2. ACCORDING TO HARRY (7-4 fav) was also strongly supported having been laid to the early skirmishers at 7-2. In the end these well backed horses could only fill the places behind the Kayley Woollacott trained MINELLA WEB who was easy to back at around 6’s and 7’s.
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