The Four Burrow May meeting attracted 61 runners which was by far the largest number of the six point to points throughout the country during the weekend.
The Devon & Cornwall bookies rose to the occasion as usual with decent prices, and at the end of the day it was honours about even between the layers and the punters.
They went 5-2 the field in the 13-runner opener, but the jolly (Turnstone) let punters down by failing to finish. Ernest Speak was nibbled at (9’s to 7’s) but got rid of Merv Woodward at the 11th fence, leaving the lightly raced Spillers Dream to initiate a Darren Edwards double at 6-1 (drifted from 4’s)
I thought I had cracked it by backing Delphi Mountaineach way at 5-1 in the 8 runner Conditions race. The consistent gelding looked the pick of the paddock but just went under after a spirited battle with the favourite Blazing Whale (5-4 from 6-4). Anyway – money back.
The Mares & Fillies Maiden proved a spirited betting race. She’s Dapper was an uneasy favourite (6-4 to 7-4) in the face of support for Onwegoagain (4’s to 3’s). I had noted the Frost mare Monet Moor, who had been well down the field on this course on her Easter Monday debut, at 14-1, but late money, including at least a couple of hundred pound bets, saw her forced down to her SP 6-1. Bryony Frost was seen at her best in getting Monet Moor home, fending off the strong challenge of Looking Glass (7’s out to 10’s).
The four runner Mixed Open looked a match between Bradley Brook and Academy General and bookies had them at 4-5 and 5-4 respectively. It was a case of whether Bradley Brook had recovered his form after his recent Cheltenham four miles effort and he answered the question positively to give Darren Edwards his double.
I re-invested my returns from Delphi Mountain by backing I’m All Set at evens (not particularly good value but needs must) in the Intermediate. Will Biddick had to be at his best, and we duly relieved G & T Williams of some of their profits.
Boymann was all the rage for the Restricted (8’s to 3’s) and made a brave effort to make all. He was caught by the outsider Le Clo De La Londe (friendless from 6’s to 11’s) on the run-in.
Another double figure field lined up for the Open Maiden with punters ploughing in to Biddick’s mount Face To Face from 2’s to 6-4 fav. Once again the champion was seen at his best, lifting the promising Kayf Tara gelding over the line as Zip The Lip (16-1) dipped his head like a sprinter right on the post.