“ There is no such thing as losing. You either win or you learn something”
The Jose Mourinho quote when his new team Spurs “lost” recently is a positive way of looking at things. Mr Mourinho was reminding us of an original Nelson Mandela saying. I learned a couple of things at Wadebridge.
I envied the bookies on Sunday. Apart from getting a long odds-on “certainty” beaten in the first, the 11 just men were cosily working in a nice warm barn while the rest of us had to go and stand outside to see the action in whatever the horrible Cornish weather threw at us. Seriously though, the Wadebridge barn is really useful in bad weather for everybody. This course also has the best car park in the country. Nobody will get stuck on the hard roads there.
Hello George was the odds-on culprit in the first. Originally chalked up at 4-6, the Will Biddick trained gelding was forced into 2-7 by the big boys, but could not cope with Peterbrown who was sent off friendless at 33-1. Maybe the hard race that the favourite had at Dunsmore counted against him, but Peterbrown won on merit, giving his owner/trainer/rider Holly-Anne Drowne a memorable first winner.
The first Maiden was quite informative. The finish concerned the 2-1 joint favourites Voie Dans Voie and Queens Legacy,
each available at 3’s to the early risers. They had both had a run and looked ready. Voie Dans Voie showed his experience under rules (although used to bbv) and kept on well to hold the four-year-old filly Queens Legacy despite Will Biddick’s urgings on the latter. Nickelsonthedime (4-1) finished well in third and should win a maiden at least. Oscar World (14’s to 6’s) got tired but showed promise. Chicago Lady (7’s) and Princess Cave (7’s) were not given a hard time.
The other Maiden division was run in driving rain and hail and was 11 seconds slower. It was difficult to race read in the conditions, but at the business end two well backed horses came to the fore. Phoenix Park (6 ‘s in a place to 2’s) passed two rivals up the finishing climb after the last to score. Runner up Mustmeetforapint (5-2) was a bit unlucky having fluffed the last. Mrs Davies (7-2 to 2’s started joint fav with the winner and looked the winner three out.
It was a bit surprising to see The Last But One a solid 5-4 fav in the Ladies’. He had 15lbs to find on official ratings with Thomas Campbell (9-4 to 2-s). The latter was making his pointing debut and this ex-Nicky Henderson gelding, now with Ed Walker, was given a good waiting ride by Chloe Emsley to pass his market rival on the finishing climb. The prolific pointer Chosen Lucky (4’s to 5-2) gave his novice rider Charlotte Summersby a good first ride to finish third.
Navanman (11-10 to 4-6) came out best after a protracted duel with Biddick’s mount El Bandit (9-4) in the Men’s Open. The winner needs little introduction to Westcountry followers and was notching his eighth win in this sphere. El Bandit had been kept in good company under rules (rated 132) and should find things easier in points if retaining his enthusiasm. Third placed Raddon Top (7’s into 4’s) likes this course (two wins) was not disgraced and will find further opportunities.
The 11 runners in the Intermediate all finished, headed by improving staying mare Goldbury (5’s to 3’s). The six-year-old was idling and looking around by-passing the omitted last fence and won with something in hand. The Roestone (7-2) finished his race well and came storming up the finishing hill. Bubble O’Clock (100-8) is a nice strong type but was a bit too keen. He did well in the end to finish third, just ahead of the well backed favourite Cloudy Music (4’s to 5-2). She goes well here and her day will come again. Bridge of Spies won a Restricted here last year but was easy to back at 6-1. He will be fitter next time.
I went for Frank and Honest (3’s to 2-1 joint fav) in the getting out stakes, mainly because the stable was in form and he had beaten Phoenix Park at Cottenham. He had every chance but could only finish third behind the promising Getaway mare Neetside (7-4 out to 2’s). Gio’s Girl (10-1) finished with a flourish to claim the runner up spot to complete a day of three seconds for Will Biddick.
Ah well, don’t forget there is no such thing as losing…….
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