“Then through a hole in sky like night

We thought we saw a glimmering light

The sun I’m sure was still around

And trying to force back all our frowns”

– Ivor G Davies – poet

THE re-arranged Four Burrow fixture was blessed with a clear blue sky and featured riding doubles for Will Biddick and Tom Chanin, plus a training double for rookie trainer Claire Harris.

Biddick’s two rides yielded successes on Mistress Massini in the Intermediate and Sixteen Letters in the Restricted. Formerly with Anthony Honeyball, and now stabled with his sister Teresa Clark, the mare Mistress Massini overhauled Prince of Poets at the penultimate fence before scoring by four lengths for the Culverwells Racing Club.

The champion point-to-point jockey was in determined mood after an early morning flight from Ireland, where he had landed a Punchestown hunter chase on the previous evening. Sixteen Letters gave him his double with a smooth performance in the Restricted. This promising six-year-old is owned by John Symes, and was saddled by Claire Harris, who holds the pointing licence for the Kayley Woollacott yard.

Tom Chanin initiated his double as Awesome Tunes made all to win the opening Hunt race. This sturdy gelding runs in the colours of Ross Oliver, who missed his winner due to holiday commitments, but has now taken this trophy home on 13 occasions. This was a first training success for St Columb based Joanne Bryant, who said, “I have done dressage, hunting and show jumping with Awesome Tunes and he was a lot fitter today for his second run of the season.

It was a first and last race double for jockey Tom Chanin, who clocked up his fifth winner of the season when Canada Kid scored in the Open Maiden. “This horse had time off due to a cut behind his knee when he slipped up at Buckfastleigh,” reported trainer Robert Chanin, who handles the six-year-old on behalf of owner Chris Tory.

The two and a half miles Maiden for young horses went to Earthly Reason. “Three miles on better ground will be no problem,” remarked jockey David Prichard, who was partnering his sixth winner of the season, this time for owners Ruth Burrow and Rita Underhill to give Claire Harris her training double.

Only two runners turned out for the “Cornish National” Men’s Open. Navanman was long odds-on to follow up his recent Flete Park victory, but Rex Dingle’s mount was beaten a head by Milosam (Ben Jones) after an exciting battle all the way up the home straight. Jenny Luscombe owns the winner, who joined the yard of Gordon Chambers after winning four times (all at Taunton) for Philip Hobbs. “He has got his own mind and was originally sold as an eventer but was hopeless at dressage,” said his current trainer.

Double Captain set up his seasonal hat trick when beating Sobre Tresor and Cash Injection in the Ladies’ Open. Naomi Sims was enjoying her third success of the season on her mother Ruth’s consistent gelding.

Granville’s betting gossip

Obviously a late night party with the Carberry family in Ireland is a recipe for success. Will Biddick got back to Cornwall still buzzing from his Punchestown hunter chase win on Friday evening to ride two winners from his only two rides at Trebudannon.


After an early morning flight from Dublin the champion was in determined mood and was soon in the winner’s enclosure with Teresa Clark’s Mistress Massini, followed by Sixteen Letters who took the two and a half miles Restricted for the Claire Harris team.


Mistress Massini (8-13 to 2-5 fav) had too much finishing pace for Prince of Poets (evens to 7-4) in the Intermediate, and Sixteen Letters (10-11 fav from 6-4) overcame Golander (5-1) in the Restricted. The former travelled well throughout, but Sixteen Letters took until the home straight before shaking off Golander under a canny ride from the champion jockey.


It was a nice day at Trebudannon, but as with most, if not all, re-arranged fixtures there was a scarcity of runners and the crowd was below normal proportions. To be fair, the eight bookies played ball with their prices and stood in line like a coconut shy as favourite after favourite waltzed in.


It is no use opposing Ross Oliver’s runner in the local Hunt race, and his Awesome Tunes was sent off evens fav to beat three opponents when giving his veteran owner his 13th success in this particular contest. Joanne Bryant now trains this Milan gelding for him and it didn’t take a genius to see that he was a lot fitter after blowing up at Buckfastleigh.


It transpired that Earthly Reason (4-6 fav) had knocked a joint when a very unlucky loser at Wadebridge in December , but was spot on for his re-appearance here and won by  the length of the run-in as most of his opponents fell by the wayside. The only other finisher, Winter Squaw, had also been hidden away for a long time but was backed from7-2 into 2-1


I thought that Sobre Tresor (4-6 to evens) would be too good for the treble seeking Double Captain (5-4 to 4-5) in the three runner Ladies’ Open, but the latter was always going easily for Naomi Sims and had the race won some way out.


Canada Kid was a well backed favourite (3’s into 6-4) before obliging in the Maiden to give Tom Chanin a double. Deise Gold (5’s from 6’s) nearly took the guard rail of the open ditch home with him (pulled up) and the 7’s into 4’s Ironwil was totally misplaced.


So six favourites prevailed but all good things come to an end and Navanman could not quite justify his 1-5 odds in the two runner Men’s Open. This consistent pointer ran his heart out though just a week after his four miles Flete Park win to go down by a head to Milosam (5-2). It would have been a quiet betting race, but I heard a few joyful voices having backed the outsider of the pair.  



Hunt race (Sponsor – Care & Company, Helston)

1 Awesome Tunes (Tom Chanin) evens fav made all, blundered three out, easily

2 The Overflow (Jake Bament) 7-2 behind, late progress

3 Go Odee Go (Vicky Wade0 2-1 tracked wnr til wknd two out

4 ran; 10l;2l;  6m 31s

Owner; Ross Oliver; Trainer; Joanne Bryant

Open Maiden 4-6 year olds 2m 4f (Ray Davies Foods )

1 Earthly Reason (David Prichard) 4-6 fav led three out, drew clear, easily

2 Winter Squaw (Darren Edwards) 2-1 led til three out, wknd, bad blunder last

5 ran; only two finished won by a distance; 5m 16s

Owner; Ruth Burrow & Rita Underhill :Trainer; Claire Harris

Intermediate (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Mistress Massini (Will Biddick) 2-5 fav led two out, ran on well

2 Prince of Poets (Rex Dingle) 7-4 led til apprg two out

3 Hallo Dolly (Darren Edwards) 10-1 lost touch 12th

3 ran; 4l; 12l;  6m 44s

Owner; Culverwells Racing Club; Trainer Teresa Clark


Ladies’ Open (PR Weldhen)

1 Double Captain (Naomi Sims) 4-5 fav cl up til led three out, easily

2 Sobre Tresor (Chloe Emsley) evens led or disp til three out, soon btn

3 Cash Injection (Heidi Lewis) 4-1 disp til wknd 12th

3 ran; 15l; 4l;  6m 29s

Owner; Ruth Sims; Trainer; Katherine Hawke

Men’s Open- The Cornish National (R & J Trevarthen) 3m 4f

1 Milosam (Ben Jones) 5-2 led three out, held on well

2 Navanman (Rex Dingle) 1-5 fav led til three out, rallied & just failed flat

2 ran; head; 8m 32s

Owner; Jenny Luscombe; Trainer; Gordon Chambers

Restricted (Conway Bailey Transport) 2m 4f

1 Sixteen Letters (Will Biddick) 10-11 fav led two out, comf

2 Golander (Ben Jones) 5-1 led 10th, mstk next, no extra

3 Tamarstone (David Prichard) 11-4 disp til 9th, wknd

5 ran; 8l; 4l;  5m 10s

Owner; John Symes; Trainer; Claire Harris

Open Maiden (Truro Tractors)

1 Canada Kid (Tom Chanin) 6-4 fav led 13th, clear two out

2 Mole Trap (Darren Edwards) 3-1 effort three out, wknd

3 Ragged Dream (Hannah Welch ) 5-1 hdwy three out, not reach ldrs

6 ran; 8l; 6l;  6m 37s

Owner; Chris Tory; Trainer; Robert Chanin


Marcus Bath and Athwenna Irons


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Upcoming Event

  • Saturday 5th May 2018 Modbury Harriers, Flete Park, Ermington, Ivybridge PL21 9NX. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Monday 7th May 2018 Stevenstone, Vauterhill, High Bickington EX37 9BT. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 13th May 2018 Four Burrow, Trebudannon, St.Columb Major TR9 4LP. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 Dulverton West, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
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  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 Rescheduled Eggesford Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction, Okehampton EX21 5AE. 1st Race 17:00
  • Sunday 10th June 2018 Tiverton Staghounds, Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG. 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Torrington Farmers, Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB. 1st Race 2.00pm

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