Despite small fields punting was not easy at Cherrybrook, The going was heavy and wellington boots were essential for wallowing about in the deep mud. At least the bookies were positioned nearer the paddock which made life easier.
The winner Tamarstone drifted from 1-2 to 5-4 in the opening Maiden race as support came for newcomer Minimalistic (2’s to evens fav).
These two six-year-olds came to the last with the race between them as early leader Georges Legacy (5-1) dropped away. Tamarstone (David Prichard) held the favoured inner, but Tom Chanin’s strong challenge on Minimalistic looked promising only for his mount to fall when virtually level. We will never know….
Only three ran in the other Maiden and solid 1-2 fav Newlands Cross stayed on well after making all the running under Jo Supple. Mountain Las (6-4) has been placed numerous times and was chasing shadows here in the closing stages. The winner was fit from his recent runs in Ireland and looks a promising stayer.
Dicky Bob had already walked over for the Hunt race and turned out again in the Mixed Open where he faced five opponents. Mic’s Delight (6’s to 5’s) set the pace, but when Rex Dingle asked the popular grey to lengthen, the 1-3 fav drew right away to score by 25 lengths. Inch Rock (5’s to 6’s) was well held in third but kept on late and could soon find a race
For some reason Ballybane took a walk in the market (4-5 to 6-4) before winning the Confined (completing a double for David Prichard). He seems to relish the mud and got the upper hand over course specialist Its All Or Nothing (5-2 to 9-4) with a determined strong finish. Heaney (6-4) started joint fav with the winner, but had little left after being sent to the front well over a mile from home.
Honest Deed justified his odds-on status (plenty of 4-5) when beating main rival Prince of Poets (6-4) in the four-horse Intermediate. Darren Edwards was content to stalk treble seeking Rex Dingle until by-passing the second last, and although Prince of Poets stuck to his task there was only one winner in the home straight.
After a few punting ups and downs, patience was rewarded in the getting out stakes. I had a few bob on Wind Tor, and so did many others as the mare was forced from 11-4 into 6-4. Missyladie remained favourite (4-6 to evens), but despite her generous weight allowance she was unable to go with Wind Tor, given a positive ride by Josh Newman, who had dashed to the meeting after riding at Badbury Rings.
Ah well, a hard earned profit towards the dry cleaning bill.
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- Saturday 14th April 2018 Silverton, Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary EX11 1RJ, 1st Race 1.00pm
- Saturday 21st April 2018 Dartmoor, Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge PL21 9NX, 1st Race 2.00pm
- Saturday 28th April 2018 [Rescheduled] Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP, 1st Race 1.00pm
- Sunday 29th April 2018 Axe Vale Hunt, Stafford Cross, Seaton EX24 6HZ, 1st Race 1.30pm
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