It was hot on the top of Exmoor on Sunday The first two favourites went in with Kapricorne (2-5 to 4-7) literally scorching round to take the Hunt race. I went for I’ll Tell You When (5-2 to 7-4), but he got further and further behind after a mistake and finished a tired last.
After that things were looking up. Tree Sparrow (evens/10-11fav) flew home in the Restricted. Lawsons Thorns (10’s to 8’s) ran a solid race to chase the winner home, but a minor gamble on Carumba (5’s to 3’s) went astray. Punters were probably lured into this support due to the Biddick booking (the owner was injured).
Angles Hill (6-4 to 7-4) looked a picture in the Ladies’ race and gained consolation for his narrow defeat on this course two weeks ago for the keen Lewis family. Welsh challenger Bouggietopieces (SP 40-1) outran his long odds to finish second, but his fellow Welshman, the favourite Hold Court (evens – 6-5) never looked like winning.
Reilly’s Minor was the class horse in the Men’s Open, but his CV showed pulled up and refused this season when owner ridden. The ex-Warren Greatrex gelding had won at Kempton last year earning a BHA rating of 120 so didn’t even have to reproduce that form in a fairly modest race. The talented Bryan Carver took over from his veteran owner this time. Early 16’s soon dissolved and his odds tumbled to 4’s by the off. The jockey booking proved the decisive factor (sorry Alex), and he held on gamely to beat Before The War (7-4 fav)
The Conditions winner Cinevator (2’s out to 11-4) was surprisingly easy to back. A course winner on ground he likes, the 11-year-old, blinkered for the first time, ran on well to beat the luckless Winter Garden (4-5 to 7-4fav).
The ex-David Pipe trained Port Navas (7-2 to 9-2) has struggled to justify his original 41,000 euros purchase price as a three-year-old, but picked up the £150 first prize in the Open Maiden. The Court Cave gelding has obviously had his problems, but now with Teresa Clark he ran on determinedly to overhaul the favourite Redmond Hall (4-6 to 4-5)
Tim Holt, John Beasley, Megan Cobley, Marcus Bath, and William Devlin
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