The cosy indoor betting ring at Wadebridge is a real bonus and favourite backers were soon in the lap of luxury with Port O’Clock (4-9 fav from 1-2) and Darren Edwards taking the opener. Broadclyst (evens fav) gave Anna Johnston her first winning ride in the next, making it look easy for us punters after just two races.
Recent course winner Sykes (15-8 fav) topped the ratings in a good Mixed Open, but the concession of 10lbs to the younger legs of Singapore Saga (6’s to 3’s) proved just too much for Nicky Martin’s grand veteran. The winner jumped quickly and accurately and was in command from four out. Wind Tor (6-1) did her best work in the closing stages to finish third and looks ready to add to her seven pointing wins. Frelia (5-1) lost third spot on the run in and although the Oscar mare gives Bradley Gibbs a hard time nowadays, she can add to her splendid record in the right class.
Darren Edwards is the top rider on the showground and landed the second leg of his treble on Sunday as Transition Period (evens fav) stepped up on his previous run to hold the sustained challenge of promising five-year-old Lighthouse Mill (3’s to 9-4) in what looked a good young horses Maiden. Red Cap (8-1) ran creditably after a long absence, and Sake of Secrecy (10-1) was going as well as any when nearly falling five out.
The eight bookies certainly got the result they needed in the four runner Restricted when hot favourite Fountains Chief (4-6 touched 1-2) blundered at the first then overjumped and fell at the next fence. This left Thewinnertakeitall (7-4 to 6-4) to hold a brave effort from Mustmeetforapint (5-1) to seal a treble for Darren Edwards.
The Dean Summersby yard was in top form and Ask The Lady (2-1 fav) looked the goods in the getting out stakes to give Darren Edward a four-timer. She weakened in the closing stages though, leaving the Bradley Gibbs ridden Ask Dai (9-2) to hold Arv Way There (25’s to 20’s) and Say About It (8-1.)
I had the opportunity to see the live streaming of the Wadebridge meeting a few days later and thought the camera coverage and the highly professional work of presenter Cornelius Lysaght was excellent. Stay at home enthusiasts were also treated to snippets of the betting ring with Simon Nott getting on screen insight from some of the bookies.
I expect that both of my readers are anxious to know how my Wadebridge wagers fared. Well let me explain in the typical words of a punter. I should have made a profit, but I didn’t. It was a great start with the first certainty Port O’Clock obliging, closely followed by a lovely even money jolly Broadclyst. I had selected Singapore Saga (6-1 into 3’s), but changed my mind on the day. From then on it was a kamikaze mission as desperation set in. Too painful to relate. Never mind, there’s never a last race so on we go to Buckfastleigh this weekend with renewed zest.
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