GRANVILLE TAYLOR AND DONNA HARRIS
“Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers”
Byron Caldwell Smith 1849-1877
THE car parks were packed to capacity at picturesque Flete Park where the pleasant April sun was interspersed with a typical thunder shower which sent the picnic people scurrying for cover.
DARREN EDWARDS took a crashing fall when Raloo Rocket came down at the head of the nine-strong Restricted field with a circuit to go. Despite this mishap, the rider bounced back to land a treble in the last three races.
Crackacan, The Two Amigos and Ryves Rocky were all successful in the hands of the Devon & Cornwall champion jockey.
The Julie Pocock trained Crackacan fought off Angles Hill (Heidi Lewis) to take the Club Conditions race in the colours of The Granny Smith Club, before The Two Amigos strolled home to win the Confined under a six pounds penalty. Nicky Martin’s smart six-year-old retained his unbeaten record for the season as all eight rivals pulled up after finding the pace too hot.
Ryves Rocky was sent off a 10-1 outsider, but duly completed the Edwards hat trick in the Open Maiden. The Leslie Jefford trained gelding seemed to benefit from first time cheek pieces after two disappointing runs, and stayed on dourly to beat Mountain Las.
Navanman gave a brave performance to hold the sustained challenge of Whenharrymetsally to win the four miles Totnes and Bridgetown Mixed Open which was the final qualifier for Cheltenham’s Timico Gold Cup next month. Nine-year-old Navanman has become a consistent pointer this year for the John Heard yard “He is such a game horse and could run again next week,” said the trainer. Jockey Rex Dingle, still associated with David Pipe’s stable, remarked, “I was supposed to be handy but he was a bit keen and always travelling strongly. He is a genuine horse who jumps well.”
Matt Hampton, who had been narrowly denied on Whenharrymetsally, went one better in a division of the young horses Maiden on Legendara. Marie McGuinness handles this well bred mare on behalf of the Rowe family. “We bought her privately out of Charlie Longsdon’s yard where she had lacked consistency.” said Martin Rowe.
Four-year-old newcomer Noah And The Ark ran on strongly to peg back front running The Coffee Hunter (Lee Drowne) in the other division. Jill Dennis, absent on family baby sitting duties, owns this promising Vinnie Roe youngster who was bought in Ireland last August. The winner and runner up came very close together in the closing stages and winning jockey Jake Bament explained, “We ran out of room a bit. He is fairly green and will come on.”
David Prichard has enjoyed a good spell since Easter and partnered another winner as Steel Brush scored by 10 lengths in the Restricted. Keith Cumings trains this nine-year-old for Maurice and Diana Scott and said, “He is not the fastest but stays and stays.”
Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker saddled a remarkable total of 11 runners for the eight races at this meeting. His improving mare Wind Tor landed the Hunt race for the Ed Walker Racing Club. “She is a tough mare who goes through a little flat spot each race,” reported jockey Josh Newman, as the pair followed up their Cherrybrook success in good style.
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- 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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