Only eight bookies turned up at Kilworthy – presumably because of the fixture clash with Haldon races on the same day.
The eight seemed to have the edge over the punters with 10-1 and 14-1 returned over a couple of the winners.
Odda on favourite Acadian (2-5) was beaten by Tamarstone (4’s to 5’s) in the opener, where the ex-David Pipe inmate Lough Derg Mystery (5’s out to 9’s) couldn’t spell his name in the race card, but ran a decent race to finish third.
The favourite was also beaten in the next, a 14-runner Mares Maiden, when my bet of the day Attacotti (backed down to evens fav after a sniff of 3’sin a place) couldn’t cope with Worcestershire traveller Grey Frontieres (10’s to 6’s), who seems to be doing a round trip of UK, having run at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire last time after her debut at Barbury Castle.
Five Gold Bars Justified favouritism (10-11) In the PPORA Maiden. It was another Biddick versus Edwards duel, but Biddick’s mount Five Gold Bars had revealed his hand when second behind Presence of Mind (who was subsequently sold for £70,000) at Blackmore Vale and always looked in command here.
Dicky Bob (1-2 to 8-13 fav) started at a very short price in the Mixed Open and duly won in a canter. Chosen Lucky (7-4 to 6-4) made a fight of it for a long way, but paid the penalty late on, allowing Heaney (7-1) to grab second place.
The Confined was a tricky little puzzle. I went for Awesome Tunes (2-1), but his jumping was not very polished and he had to settle for third. The favourite Clondaw Bunny (9-4 to evens) had every chance, but 10-1 outsider Ballyvodock won on merit, well ridden by young Ben Jones. Gordon Chambers seems to have unearthed a decent pointer after a shopping trip to Ireland. This big, strong nine-year-old by Mahler should win again in better company.
The Restricted put a smile on the bookies faces when unconsidered 14-1 chance Come On Joey gave his jockey Paul John his first winner for over four years. Owner / trainer Roy Smith does well with his small team and Joey certainly came on with a storming run up the home straight Soul Kaliber (2-1), ridden by Darren Edwards, did little wrong in defeat and looks a banker for a Restricted before long. The favourite Accordini (6-4 to 4-5) departed at the seventh fence.
Darren Edwards must have got fed up with riding into the runner up spot on Sunday. Sixteen Letters (3-1) took him there again in the last for the fourth time in the afternoon after coming up against the progressive mare Tuff Nano (4-7 fav). The winner, partnered by Will Biddick, had joined the Teresa Clark yard in December after winning a fair Irish Maiden, and had impressed when winning at Charlton Horethorne recently.
- Saturday 30th March 2019 Avon Vale Larkhill, Amesbury, SP4 8QT 1st Race 1.00pm
- Sunday 31st March 2019 Cotley Cotley, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3EP 1st Race 1.00pm
- Sunday 7th April 2019 Portman Badbury Rings, Wimborne, DT11 9JL 1st Race 2.00pm
- Sunday 7th April 2019 Spooner’s & West Dartmoor Cherrybrook, Tavistock PL19 0LA 1st Race 1:30pm
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