It was a good day for the books as a succession of favourites were sunk in the Chipley Park mud. The first six jollys all went down the pan, and it was nearly bedtime before the handsome looking mare Nuevo Molino obliged at evens in the getting out stakes.
The first two favourites on the seven race card didn’t even get round. In the opening Hunt race Beat The Tide (4-6 to 6-4) blundered at the first and was pulled up before the next with the jockey’s iron looking to have snapped. The gamble of the race was course winner Restless Rebel, backed from 8’s to 3’s. However the Will Biddick ridden gelding could never get to grips with that prolific winning mare Whenharrymetsally (5-4 out to 7-4) who sauntered clear from the bottom bend under Matt Hampton. Gask Ridge (25’s to 12’s) was a creditable third.
Acadian (2’s to 11-10 fav) never looked like justifying support in the 14-runner Restricted. He was eventually pulled up behind the sturdy Kayf Tara mare Palmaria (4’s out to 6’s). There was money for runner up It Has To Be (6’s to 4’s) who will surely find a similar race before long. Although only fifth, Yeats Ace (3’s to 4’s) caught the eye with stealthy progress from half a mile out.
The Welsh band wagon began to roll in the Timico Open with Asockastar, evidently friendless in the market at 20-1, just getting the nod over Dicky Bob (evens to 4-7). Formerly a modest performer under rules, latterly for Tim Vaughan (BHA rating 98), the winner did little wrong here to give owner/trainer Daniel Bourne his first winner with his first runner. Dicky Bob tried his heart out as usual (rider Jo Supple better known as Jo Buck), Third placed Navanman (16’s to 12’s) loves the ground and ran well in this class.
Bradley Gibbs had shown all his strength on Asockastar, and quickly followed up when Blazing Tom landed a nice touch (10’s to 3’s) in the Intermediate. Bets of £500-50 and £250-50 were recorded in one book alone as the money from over the bridge was shovelled on. Broadclyst was sent off 2-1 fav (touched 5-2) after creating a favourable impression in his two Wadebridge victories. He was quite keen and can atone on better ground. The consistent Inch Rock (solid 3’s) came close to defying his 5lbs penalty
Mic’s Delight was also penalised in the PPORA Novice Riders’, but this did not stop his followers from taking plenty of evens. The veteran ex-chaser is normally the safest of jumpers but nearly got rid of his rider at the ninth fence. The winner Robin De Boss (4’s to 7-2) was always travelling well for James Hepburn and just saw the race out better than Jac The Legend (3-1) with Mic’s Delight eventually finishing third.
The Midnight Legend mare Wind Tor was surprisingly easy to back at 8-1 before taking the 14 runner Open Maiden for mares. Josh Newman’s mount just touched off One Big Love (5-2 to 3’s) in a driving finish. The Welsh cash was for Court In Flight (7-2 to 2’s fav) who lost her place four out, but the sparely made mare Dina Maker (5’s to 4’s) ran better than her “pulled up” suggests on her debut.
Bradley Gibbs completed his hat trick when getting the favourite Nuevo Molino (3’s to evens) home in the last. It was hard work for the ex-Irish maiden who was helped when her challenger Kayf Farmer (14-1) hung badly left on the run in. To be fair the runner up was making her racecourse debut and this well bred mare will surely have her day.
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