Blue sky all afternoon at Trebudannon for this re-arranged meeting– not exactly warm but very pleasant. Good to soft going with a heavy patch causing the first fence to be omitted.
Reliable Richie (4-7 – 8-11fav) was no match for Betty’s Boy (7-4 to 5-4) in the opening Hunt race. A bad mistake at the fifth did not help matters for the favourite, and Betty’s Boy had the race won rounding the final bend to initiate a treble for Will Biddick.
Touch Screen had been chasing Betty’s Boy home at Buckfastleigh last month when falling at the last, and was backed from 10’s to 5’s to upset much vaunted newcomer The Happy Chappy (4-6 to 6-4)- a first runner at Trebudannon for champion trainer Jack Barber in the two and a half miles Maiden. Biddick had little cause for concern on five-year-old The Happy Chappy, who quickened readily approaching the last to beat Touch Screen by five lengths. The winner is a fine prospect for Graham Roach, by Flemensfirth out of a winning dam. He cost 130,000 euros as a three-year-old at Fairyhouse.
Biddick’s other winner, Rouge Devils (8-13 – 4-7), bore a Manchester United name tag and wore Sir Alex Ferguson’s colours. The Scorpion five-year-old also hails from the Barber yard and was not hard pressed to land the odds.
It was good to see Master Baker (5-6 to 4-5) jump very well to win the match for the Ladies’ Open after his crashing fall at Great Trethew. He has now won five times this season and remains with ample potential.
Jepeck also traded at odds-on (1-2 / 4-7) before a convincing success in the grandly titled Cornish National for Kayley Woollacott’s Rose Ash yard. The Westerner gelding improves with each race and was scoring for the fourth successive time this season.
Le Clo De La Londe (7-2 to 3’s) had initiated a double for Kayley Woollacott and jockey Jamie Thomas in the Confined. Jimmy Cole’s Strong Conviction (10s to 14’s) put up a bold bid to steal the race from the third last, but this former flat winner had no answer to the rallying winner from the final fence.
I kept my powder dry for betting purposes until the last race when Back In June (solid 3’s) earned the diesel money. It was touch and go however as Tetralogy (8’s to 5’s) matched strides all the way to the line. A strong, lengthy gelding, Back In June is trained by Karyn Heard and cost £7,500 at Ascot sales last summer. The winner was second in the Mandarin chase at Newbury just over a year ago, so he was entitled to win a Cornish Maiden.
Westcountry Videos filmed the meeting, order on 01884 840403 or through the website later in the week at www.westcountryvideos.co.uk
The following photographers were at the meeting: Marcus Bath and Athwenna Iron (Western Morning News)
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