THE line of 14 bookies formed a strong betting market at Upcott Cross. It was good to see the Devon & Cornwall layers offering as much as 50’s. 66’s and even 100-1 in some of the races.
Having noted that – it was the much shorter priced horses who took money out of the satchels. Favourites took four of the first five races before the Maiden races started to redress the balance.
The Barber / Biddick combination provided two of the odds-on winners. Ask The Weatherman (evens – 10-11 fav) stepped up to Intermediate class after three fairly hollow successes. He won easily enough after fluffing the last. The mare Roseyroo (3’s – 11-4) ran her usual game race to finish runner up and is sure to win in this class.
Their double was secured when the promising five-year-old Boa Island took a decent Restricted in emphatic style. The bookies were lying in wait for the winner after his 20 lengths Maiden success and early 4-5 soon became 1-2 before the off. Winter Soldier (5’s – 6’s) was the only other runner to finish in the same field as the winner and has plenty of potential.
Bradley Brook was the other odds-on favourite to score in the four miles Devon National. A little 11-10 was available but 4-5 ruled at the off. He came off best in a barging match at the last fence with the admirable Reliable Richie (7-2 out to 5’s).
Darren Edwards looked like winning the Confined when According To Harry (3’s – 11-4) came with a strong run from three out to cross the last fence in a narrow lead. Jepeck (5-2 into evens fav) fought like a tiger however on the run in to get up in the last stride under Jamie Thomas.
Southfield Fairy’s good debut third at Ston Easton meant that the four–year-old was a short order (4-5 to evens fav) in a modest looking Mares and Fillies maiden. She was quickly pulled up entering the final circuit by Alice Mills indicating that all was not well. Annwyl (7’s – 6’s) had been found wanting with her jumping on occasions but did well here and scored readily after forging clear approaching the last.
The first Open Maiden, sponsored by bookmaker David Phillips, went to Beetle Jack whose SP of 8-1 looked a bit skinny based on his previous efforts this year. At least David must have recouped his sponsorship cash as the two market leaders Tell Tony (2’s from 4’s) and Turnstone (4‘s to 3’s) both fell.
Clues to the last race winner were in abundance. The winner’s owner sponsored the race, her photo riding the winner of the Eggesford Ladies’ Open in 1964 was featured in the race card on the page opposite, and she was celebrating her 70th birthday. What more do punters want? Her eight-year-old Cracking Habit (5-2 fav from 3’s) , a half brother to Beetle Jack, rose to the occasion under in-form jockey Darren Edwards and saw favourite backers going home happy.
Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk
Saturday, 18th April 2015, the Dartmoor Point-To-Point, Flete Park, nr Ermington.
[display-posts taxonomy=”category” tax_term=”Eggesford” taxonomy_2=”category” tax_2_term=”2014-15 Season”]