GRANVILLE’S BETTING GOSSIP – TIVERTON STAGHOUNDS
The stipulated spectator ticket allocation of 1,500 was sold out so there was much more of a real pointing atmosphere at Bratton Down.
An array of 10 bookies looking hungry for business lay in wait for the punters, who struck first blow as Dr Rhythm (6-4 to evens fav) atoned for his two recent falls in the Hunt race. Fly McIntyre always looked in control on the jolly, who jumped without blemish this time, and had four lengths in hand of a spirited effort from Broughtons Rhythm (7-1). Dual course winner Lawsons Thorns (10-1) was pulled up but the 12-year-old has earned himself retirement.
Despite the early success for the punters it was about a score draw at the end of the day. I had backed Businessman at 8-1 when he was mugged on the line at the first Bratton meeting, but missed the early 4-1 here so left it ( SP 6-4 fav at the off.) That was a good job because he looked ill at ease on the quicker ground and could only finish fifth. The Teresa Clark trained seven-year-old mare Bennys Miracle was friendless from 4’s to 7’s, but that did not stop her as she scuttled up the hill like a runaway train with four lengths to spare over Mad for Action (14-1) and Top Cliche (20-1).
Largy Mountain (4-6 to 1-2 fav) was bidding for his fourth win in a row in the Intermediate under James King. I had a feeling that Awesome Tunes (6’s to 9-2), whose friends call him Elvis, would raise the Cornish flag here, and he certainly relished going left handed on a quick track. Don’t ask me why I didn’t back him. We punters know the feeling as Darren Edwards steered him round to put Largy Mountain in his place.
It is almost inconceivable that Los Alamos (11-10/ evens) is a point-to-pointer. The highly bred Galileo gelding should be performing at Royal Ascot, but instead he has become a Bratton Down specialist and gave weight and a beating to his nine opponents here. River Myth (5-2 out to 4’s) turned in her usual game effort to chase home the winner, and third placed Eric the Third (6’s touched 8’s) was always in the fighting line.
Moscow Prices (evens out to 7-4) also seems to relish this moorland course and readily followed up last week’s Bratton win. Ridden more positively this time, the consistent 11-year-old travelled well for Lucy Mager and drew away up the hill. Runner up Mahler Style (10’s to 7’s) has been running well but find it hard to win in this class, whilst Wotzizname (2’s to 5-4 fav) could not quite match his recent winning effort and probably found the ground too quick for him.
The final race of the season in the area saw a very fit Warwickshire raider Fan Club Aulmes (uneasy 2-1 fav) step up on his Kingston Blount run to catch front running O’Faolains Lad (11-2) in the home straight. A quite expensive store now with Fran Nimmo, he had won a strong Mollington Maiden and it would be no surprise to see the winner returned to racing under rules. Five-year-old mare Daisy Yeats was a springer in the market for this event (20’s to 7’s). She is nicely bred, was not pushed and is worth a notebook entry for the future.
Well that is it for another season. Between October and June with a lengthy half time break, the Devon & Cornwall area managed to complete 11 of the 25 scheduled fixtures in the area as this best forgotten COVID ravaged season came to a bright conclusion. No fireworks, but a fully fledged rainbow made an appearance after the last race. A big well done to all the organisers, particularly the point-to- point secretaries, who worked miracles in ensuring that their meetings went ahead against all odds.