Plenty of short priced winners made it look easy for punters for most of the very long day at the showground. All good things come to an end however and the ten boards hit back in extra time when a 25-1 shot popped up in the eighth race.

The first three winners started odds-on. Course winner My King 4-5 to 1-2)
started the ball rolling in the opener, which took place just after breakfast time

It was good to see Chosen Lucky in the winner’s enclosure in the following event (PPORA Novice riders’). This useful eight-year-old was the leading area horse and leading novice pointer in 2017, but had been off the track for almost a year until last Sunday. Backed from 5-4 to 8-11, his promising 16-year-old rider Liam Harrison had to pull out all the stops to fend off Victory Mill (8’s to 4’s) on the gruelling climb to the post.

The three-runner Skinner’s Ladies Open proved easy pickings for 1-3 fav The Last But One. Jo Supple always had matters under control on this winning chaser and hurdler and he will surely mop up a few more prizes in this sphere.

I am not a great backer of odds-on shots so the first “plunge” of the day was reserved for Acadian in the Restricted. I was not alone taking 3-1 because this course winner was supported into 2-1 to share favouritism with Bridge of Spies who had also touched 3’s. In a close finish to this 11-runner contest it was more like Bridge of Sighs for me as my hopes for a slap up meal evaporated in the last few strides.

Navanman (evens / 4-5 fav) and Portrait King (11-2) set a suicidal early pace in a select field for the Men’s Open and it was to his credit that the favourite battled on gamely under his 8lbs penalty. Winning rider Darren Edwards on Honest Deed (3’s to 7-4) timed his challenge well and summed it up with a succinct “they went too fast in front”. Third placed Kernel Victor (solid 6-1) will be sharper next time.

Raddon Top is one of the best young pointers in the area and justified support (5-4 to 10-11 fav) to win his third successive race in the Intermediate under Bryan Carver. His trainer Leslie Jefford described the Getaway six-year-old as “gangly and weak last year” so further progress is likely. Don’t forget the runner up Native Gamut (12-1) who chased the winner hard over the final circuit. Awesome Tunes (3’s to 7-4) was prominent for some way and will be better for the race.

Readers of this column (both of you) will have noted my cryptic comment that Muzadel is a “winner in waiting” following his effort on this course in December. Hopefully you both dipped your bread in to the tasty 3-1 (SP 9-4) as Matt Hampton steered Muzadil home in the first Maiden.. Runner up Deise Gold (2-1 fav from 3’s) rallied gamely to get to within a neck of the certainty and deserves imminent success. I also thought that Cottage Rose, although failing to finish, (14’s to 8’s) seems to be getting the hang of things.

By now it was nearly tea time and I had waited patiently for my nap of the day. This was Cloudy Music, in the getting out stakes, and 5-2 seemed a very fair price with trainer Dean Summersby and jockey Darren Edwards in good form. 7-4 ruled at the off but the ex-Irish mare could not quite peg back the unconsidered Goldbury (drifted out to 25-1), who was given a very good ride by Natalie Parker.

The end of a frustrating day in Cornwall. Ah well, a weekend off then on to Chipley Park


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  • Saturday 26th January 2019 Royal Artillery Larkhill, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 8QT 1st Race 12 noon
  • Sunday 27th January 2019 Tiverton Chipley Park, Milverton,  Wellington TA21 0QY 1st Race 12 noon

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