Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards



“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.”

Samuel Scoville Jr.,1872 – 1950 From the poem Wild Folk

Darren Edwards rode four winners at the Four Burrow meeting to extend his lead in the Devon & Cornwall championship over Will Biddick, with five meetings to come in the area.

Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
Soul Kaliber & Darren Edwards
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

A trio of his winners were saddled by Dean Summersby, who won with all three of his runners at this popular Cornish track.

The consistent Soul Kaliber reversed previous course form with front running Awesome Tunes in the PPORA Club race in the colours of the Little Acres Racing Club. Soul kaliber has proved to be a shrewd £5,000 buy from the Gigginstown consignment at Doncaster sales last September, and was winning for the third time this season. Starting the season as a maiden, the Lifton trainer has transformed the Gordon Elliott discard. “He liked the slightly easier ground today and that was pleasing as he was up against Open class horses”, said the successful trainer.

Edwards went on to take the final three races on the card, starting with According to Harry, who made all to win the Conditions race. This was not without a scare however as Nicky Martin’s gelding clouted the 13th fence hard. “My fault, said the rider, I asked him for a big one.” His blemish drew a gasp from the crowd on the hill side, but did not seem to worry him as he had plenty in hand of Athreeothree at the business end of the race.

It was the Edwards / Summersby combination again as Banco De Logos and Thewinnertakeitall completed their successful afternoon’s work. Banco De Logos was all out to beat Golander (Jake Bament) in the Restricted. The winner and runner up jumped the last together and after a neck and neck battle only half a length separated them on reaching the judge.

Thewinnertakeitall sailed past Mountain Las at the cross fence to win the Open Maiden in the colours of Mike Bickell. The stoutly bred seven-year-old, “Tries so hard. He was too keen at Flete but settled better today,” reported the trainer.

Will Biddick’s main concern is his quest to regain the Fuller’s National jockeys title, which he held for six consecutive years until last season. His full book of seven rides at Trebudannon yielded one winner, three places, one unplaced and a fall. Chemin De Fer, his other ride. and a Yeats half brother to the useful Santini, was in the shake up on his debut until fading and being pulled up on the final bend.

Biddick’s winning ride, Vincs Vinnie, put him on the 36 winner mark for the season, five ahead of last year’s winner Alex Edwards as I write. One of seven runners on the day for trainer Ed Walker, the ex-Irish gelding Vincs Vinnie was given an exemplary ride, stalking bold jumping The Galloping Bear until pinching a vital two lengths lead which diminished rapidly near the line. “This horse had been sick due to the top up flu jab he had earlier in the year,” commented the Ottery St Mary trainer.

Course specialist Earthly Reason gave 27-year-old jockey David Prichard his sixth winner of the season in the Mixed Open. The seven-year-old, starting at 14-1, jumped to the front at the final ditch and galloped on strongly to hold Beat The Tide and Peterbrown for his fourth course victory. Joint favourites Whenharrymetsally and Kernel Victor failed to reach the placings.

Tara Snipe & Shane Quinlan
Tara Snipe & Shane Quinlan
(c) Megan Cobley Photography 2019

Tara Snipe was another long priced winner, breaking her duck in the Mares and Fillies maiden at 12-1. The mare looked held until finding a good turn of foot in the home straight under Shane Quinlan, swooping on front running The Dartmoor Rose on the run in. Trained by Rob Hawker for owner Lucinda Tylor, the winner is out of the prolific winning mare Sea Snipe. “She has been very green and too weak so far. The drop back in trip helped,” remarked the young trainer.

The fact that 50% of the entries actually ran pays tribute to the copious watering of the team headed by course owner Rundle Weldhen. Watering took place until 10.30 on the morning of the meeting.

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 Weston and Banwell Harriers Cothelstone Taunton TA4 3DT 1st Race 4.30pm
  • Sunday 19th May 2019 Dulverton West Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 26th May 2019 West Somerset Vale Cothelstone, Taunton, TA4 3DT 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 South Tetcott Upcott Cross, Halwill Junction EX21 5AE 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019 Exmoor Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Sunday 9th June 2019 Tiverton Staghounds Bratton Down, Bratton Fleming, Exmoor EX31 4SG 1st Race 2.00pm
  • Season Finale: Saturday 15th June 2019 Torrington Farmers Chapelton Barton, Umberleigh EX37 9EB 1st Race 2.00pm

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