GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – NORTH CORNWALL
Chosen Lucky ( 2-7 touched 1-4) set the trend for a succession of odds-on favourites when beating sole rival Acadian (2-1) in a disappointing turn out for the opening North Cornwall Hunt Race at Wadebridge
This was just an overture for the day as three more odds-on chances went on to grace the winner’s enclosure.
Mixed Open winner Navanman (like Chosen Lucky a son of Well Chosen) is an admirably consistent pointer (returned at 4-5 having touched 4-7). He had to pull out all the stops to shrug off the useful Hello George (5‘s from 6’s) on the gruelling climb to the post. Navanman, ridden for the first time by Darren Andrews, was on the back foot after a slowish jump three out and left himself a bit to do in the straight. Both horses gave their all after jumping the last with the favourite only getting on top in the last 75 yards. Will Biddick’s only mount of the day, The Last But One, backed from 9-4 to 7-4, ran below his best and was done with after crossing the sand on the far side.
Despite a field of 12, punters would not hear of defeat for Nickelsonthedime (6-4 to 4-6) in the Open Maiden for four to six-year-olds. The official point-to-point form book intimated that this useful looking Shantou gelding was sure to improve after his Wadebridge outing before Christmas and this was certainly the case. He looked rules material with a convincing eight lengths saunter. Runner up Cottage Rose (12’s to 10’s) is beginning to show the talent associated with her dam Roll On Rose, and is sure to start winning races soon. Newcomer Tristan De Gane was put in at 2-1 before remarkably drifting out to 9’s (touched 10’s). The Chris Barber trained five-year-old looks a good sort and was not disgraced in finishing third.
Mustmeetforapint (evens to 4-5) had been yet another eye-catcher at the pre-Christmas meeting on the showground and duly obliged here under Darren Edwards in the Open Maiden for seven-year-olds plus. He never looked like being caught from four out and his shrewd connections can get a few more races out of him. Exhibit A (16-1) just pipped front running Stevan Steel (25-1) for second place.
The Galloping Bear and Voie Dans Voie started 5-4 joint favourites (both from 7-4) in the Restricted and battled it out together from a long way out. In the end The Galloping Bear just prevailed. He is a likeable sort by the St Leger winner Shantou (same sire as Nickelsonthedime). I don’t suppose Shantou had Wadebridge point-to-pointer winners in mind when performing in the breeding shed.
Ardview Boy (5-1) justified a 600 miles round trip when leading all the way in the PPORA Novice Riders event. His 18-year-old rider Dylan Kitts was partnering his first winner. Mister Dick (13-2 ) was clearly second best as the well supported Kernel Victor (11-10 fav from 5-4) could never get on terms.
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