What a difference a week makes ! From the wild Cornish weather at Great Trethew on the last Sunday of March to the sun and warmth of Cherrybrook and Trebudannon just a week later.
A never ending queue down the lane meant that vehicles were still entering the course at Cherrybrook after the second race on Saturday. The meeting saw five winning favourites out of six which would normally drain the bookies satchels. The holiday crowd however tend to go for longer prices instead of odds-on favourites with their pound bets, so little overall damage would have been done to the books.
Dicky Bob was the nearest thing to a certainty in the Hunt race (1-3 touched 2-5) but nearly came down at the first. Luckily Jo Buck gathered him up and he went on to complete a five-timer for the season.
I was going to back It’s All Or Nothing (2’s –9-4) in the Restricted after he had run so well at the Lamerton, but Molly Oscar (2’s to 13-8) looked very fit in the parade ring so I left it alone. The inevitable happened: Molly Oscar slipped up with a mile to go and It’s All Or Nothing went on to win easily – another lesson learned the hard way.
Lucette Annie (4-5 to 4-6) is in tremendous form at present and set up her seasonal hat trick in the Mixed Open after sparring for two miles with Double Bank, who was easy to back at 6-4 and 11-8 after opening odds-on. The mare’s relentless stamina eventually kicked in and she had the race in safe keeping when Double Bank scrambled over the penultimate and was pulled up.
Diamond Brook (6-4 fav) confirmed his Lamerton form with runner-up King Kash (11-4 to 9-4) to win the Confined and Flood Tide (7-4 fav) produced the only clear round of the seven runners to take the concluding Maiden.
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