BOOKIES 1 PUNTERS 5
It was a day for favourite backers on the re-vamped Kilworthy track on Sunday.
I went there licking my wounds from Milborne St Andrew on the previous day, but clawed it back thanks to the form book holding up and a few Sunday morning prayers.
Honest Deed (4-7 from 4-9) set the tone for the day with a fairly easy three-runner Hunt race success over Bricks and Beams (5-2 into 2’s) and Angles Hill (solid 4’s). The trio all looked very fit and the placed horses should atone before the end of the season. Honest Deed will probably step up to Intermediate company next and is a useful sort.
The 13-runner Maiden looked a real puzzle which I failed to solve. Mountain Las (2-1 fav from 3’s) looked fit but never got into the race. There was good money for Coco Shambhala from the Mahon yard (10’s to 6’s) who ran well to be third. Limoncello (7’s to 6’s) was disappointing, After a good battle up the straight the exposed Druid Spitfire (easy at 10’s) just nodded Moonaro (drifted to 8’s) by a head. The winner has had a few chances but was running from Robert Chanin’s yard for the first time and this full brother to Welstonedruid (same trainer) is evidently a thorough stayer.
Good old Dicky Bob (5-4 into evens fav) opened his seasonal tally with a gutsy performance in the Mixed Open. Despite being held up in the recent snow, the likeable grey looked pretty fit and galloped away from Kernel Victor (9-4) in the mud which seemed made to measure for him.
Darren Edwards followed up his win on Honest Deed when The Two Amigos (5-4 to evens) took the Confined. Nicky Martin’s six-year-old was keeping his unbeaten record for the season (four timer), but I thought that his jumping was less than fluent in the closing stages (probably tiring in the testing ground). Heaney (6’s) was a good runner-up having looked a threat half a mile out, and third placed Navanman (2’s) will soon get back to winning form.
The Restricted turned into a match over the last four fences between the winner Eastern Calm (3’s to 5-2 fav) and Wind Tor (solid 6’s). The jolly jinked left going into the last, but stayed on gamely on the flat. This well bred mare is a consistent type. Wind Tor fluffed the obstacle and quickly emptied out, but she will win a similar event on better ground.
Eastern Calm had finished third behind Ballybane in the South Pool Restricted, and the latter was nicely backed from 7-4 to 4-5 to win the Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier. Having won at Buckfastleigh on heavy, the rangy grey Ballybane was fully entitled to justify support here and duly did so in the hands of David Prichard. This is a real chasing type who can progress further. Prince of Poets (10-1) had shown the darker side of his character at Buckfastleigh, but this Byron gelding didn’t put a hoof wrong here and was running on in the gamest fashion up the home straight.
Well done to the Lamerton organisers for getting this meeting on in difficult circumstances (not just due to the recent heavy snow). They had been turfed off the hill and the whole of the top end of the course, but thanks to a lot of hard work from Hon Secretary Belinda Fuller and her team, racing went ahead successfully.
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: Megan Cobley
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