From today’s calm, the lane’s enclosing green leads inland to a usual Cornish scene – slate cottages with sycamore between

Small fields and tellymasts and wires and poles with, as the everlasting ocean rolls

Two chapels built for half a hundred souls


From the poem Cornish Cliffs – Sir John Betjeman 1906-1984


The second Wadebridge fixture of the season attracted a large crowd to the Royal Cornwall Showground. Luckily, threatening dark clouds rolled past all afternoon, and the going remained good for the entertaining eight-race card


Dean Summersby was the trainer in form. Chosen Lucky set up a double for the Summersby yard with a hard fought win in the PPORA Novice Riders’ event, before Honest Deed upset the odds-on favourite Navanman in the Kivell’s sponsored Men’s Open.


The Little Acres Racing Club have a nice pointer in Chosen Lucky, already a multiple winner, who was returning after almost one year off. He prevailed by a diminishing neck after a lengthy battle with runner up Victory Mill (Luca Morgan). 16-year-old Liam Harrison, having his first ride for the Summersby stable, was seen to good effect on the winner. “I am based with Neil Mulholland and have ridden a winner under rules and one previous point-to-point winner(for Sally Alner),” said the promising young riderwho comes from a pony racing background. “Liam did very well and Chosen Lucky will come on a lot for this. We can probably find other Novice Riders racesfor them both,” remarked the successful trainer.


Honest Deed completed the double for the yard under Darren Edwards, jumping past Navanman at the third last in the Open before holding on gamely to score by a length. In fairness, Navanman was carrying a stiff 8lbs penalty and was coming back at his rival on the uphill climb to the judge. “The leaders went too fast. My horse jumped well but pecked two out,” reported the winning rider. “Honest Deed will probably come back to Wadebridge next month,” said the trainer.


Course form is important on this undulating track,and the progressive Raddon Top followed up his Restricted win on the showground last month in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Sue Trump’s Getaway six-year-old, bought by the owner as a foal in Ireland, and stabled with Leslie Jefford, mastered runner up Native Gamut around the bottom bend and had eight lengths to spare at the post. “He was a lot more proficient and jumped brilliantly,” said winning rider Bryan Carver.


The imposing chestnut Bridge Of Spies had finished second to Raddon Top here last month, and went one better in the Restricted, beating the well backed Acadian by a neck. This was a well deserved success for the small Higher Vexford yard run by George and Debbie Beilby. “He is a galloper and jumped really well,” remarked winning rider Nick Lawton. George Beilby’s day job is a Sergeant-Major in the Royal Marines at RAF Chivenor. He said, “My wife is also a nurse, so have to fit the horses in. Our daughter Kelsie has won pony racing awards and we also have the Philip Hobbs ex-chasers Monkerhostin and Captain Chris in retirement with us.”


My King was another advert for the horses for courses theory. A winner on this card here last year, the seven-year-old just saw off Mr Michanda to win the Hunt race under 22-year-old Kieren Buckley. My King is one of 16 pointers in training with Joe Tickle at South Molton. He related that his mother Sarah, who owns and trains the runner up, had broken her elbow riding one of his three-year-olds before Christmas.


The Last But One (Jo Supple) was not hard pressed to take the Ladies’ Open, starting long odds-on. Taunton based owner/ trainer Tom Malone has certainly been well involved with this seven-year-old. He said, I bought him as a store. He was placed in a bumper at Listowel, then I bought him back again. Having sold him on to win races for Paul Nicholls, I have now bought him back again. He could go to Chipley next, and then hunter chasing later in the season.” 


The divided Open Maiden attracted 10 runners in each section.  Deise Gold made most in the first division, but was collared by Muzadel (Matt Hampton) in the home straight. This ex-Noel Meade six-year-old joined Teresa Clark’s stable for £4,000 at Doncaster sales for owner Raymond Barrow and looks a shrewd buy.


The other Maiden provided a 25-1 shock as six-year-old mare Goldbury, very well ridden by Natalie Parker for her mother Tracy, stayed on gallantly to hold the Dean Summersby six-year-old Cloudy Music (Darren Edwards). “I tried to drop her in but she was so keen,” said the rider who is a pupil assistant to Paul Nicholls. 


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