BOOKIES 7 PUNTERS 0:
A resounding defeat for favourite backers at jam packed Flete Park, with the 18 bookmakers coming out well on top.
The opening Hunt race was virtually
Open standard. Doctor Henry (3’s to 100-30) just held Beuvron (7-2) with the favourite Mic’s Delight (7-4 to 2-1) a close third. Prolific veteran Coombe Hill (4’s to 5’s) finished a creditable fourth.
The market choice for the Restricted, Will Biddick’s mount Athreeothree (6-4 to evens), engaged in a thrilling battle with the winner Sucker Punch (10’s to 12’s). Josh Newman got the latter home by a head. All Force Majeure (6’s to 10’s) had won a bumper for David Pipe as a four-year-old and caught the eye in third.
They went 5-2 the field in the four miles Open with Biddick’s mount Bucks Bond heading the market. Welstonedruid (3’s to 7-2) relished this trip and just outstayed the favourite under regular pilot Tom Chanin.
Ruby Fool (5-2 to 15-8) held the call in the two and a half miles Open Maiden, but could only finish fourth behind the four-year-old filly Kapoupakap (8’s to 7’s) who took full advantage of her huge weight allowance. Bought out of a French claimer and now equipped with a hood and a tongue tie, she had run better than her form figure suggests at Cothelstone on her British debut last month.
Turtle Tim (6-4 / 11-8) was not involved in the blanket finish for the Club Conditions race which featured the closest three way finish I have seen for a long time. The former Venetia Williams chaser Browns Brook (4’s to 9-2) won on the nod from fast finishing Ned The Post (5-2 to 3’s), with front running Captain Ocana (5’s to 6’s) a short head away in third having been mugged near the line.
The rot continued for favourites in the Confined when Delphi Mountain (9-4 to 2’s) could only finish third. Biddick’s ultra-patient ride on Follow The Paint (3’s to 4’s) looked certain to pay off as the champion jockey put his mount’s head in front crossing the last. The Dapper Fox (12’s to 8’s) came out of the pack however under his novice rider Jack Veysey, and flew up the run in like a startled rabbit to win going away.
There was no respite for the punters in the getting out stakes, on this occasion a tricky 10-runner maiden. The plunge on Buz Barton (12’s to 4’s) soon came unstuck when the Bach gelding failed to negotiate the sweeping bend after the second fence. 6-4 favourite Rainbow Stripes never got a look in as Trehan Cross (8’s to 7’s) and Crack On Pop (8-1) fought out the finish.
- Saturday 23rd April 2016, Rescheduled Four Burrow Point-To-Point, Trebudannon, nr Newquay
- Sunday 24th April 2016, Axe Vale Point-To-Point, Stafford’s Cross, nr Seaton
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