“And from midst of the road to the roadside shiftingFrom the poem Right Royal by John Masefield 1876 – 1967
The crowd of the world on foot went drifting,
Standing aside on the trodden grass
To chaff as they let the traffic pass.
Then back they flooded, singing and cheering,
Plodding forward and disappearing,
Up to the course to take their places,
To lunch and gamble and see the races”
A massive holiday crowd enjoyed warm sunshine and good racing at Flete Park where two overflow car parks had to be deployed.
Two young jockeys stole the headlines. Otis Morgan recorded his first double and Chad Bament rode his first winner.
17=year-old Otis Morgan took the Members’ sponsored by A Salon Called Fish on the gutsy 13-year-old Skylander, and followed up when another veteran Alternatif made most of the running to win the Full Circle Motors Conditions event. Frome based Annie Bacon saddled each of these winners in the colours of the 18 strong Dartmoor Racing Club.
“I am studying for A levels in geography, philosophy and business at Sherborne school and get to ride out at Annie and Josh (Cameron’s) yard on weekends and school holidays” said the young rider who had ridden Skylander to success here last season.
Otis completed his double on another veteran pointer Alternatif who finished alone as the outsider of three in the Conditions race after Board of Trade had fallen at the final ditch and Jeremy Central was pulled up by Will Biddick approaching the last when well held. “I always knew that Will was chasing but I had so much in the tank down the hill,” reported the enthusiastic winning rider.
Talk of the South had not won for four years but readily overhauled Dan’s The Man jumping the last to take the Oriental Club Owner/Trainer event and give Chad Bament his first pointing winner. “I work for Anthony Honeyball and will be 19 next week,” said the rider. Chad’s mother Helen, who trains the family owned gelding at Fremington near Barnstaple said, “I am delighted for Chad who won a pony race here. We bought Talk of the South from Gordon Chambers.”
Honest Opinion was a thoroughly game winner of the Wainhomes Restricted, stretching clear of Quintin’s Man and King’s Quay approaching the last.”She is a game little mare, very honest,” remarked jockey Darren Edwards who was partnering his 13th winner of the season. Trainer Dean Summersby was saddling his third winner of the week which included his first hunter chase success at Exeter two days previously. The yard had endured quite a lean spell and Dean said. “The horses were not right until recently. It was difficult to put a finger on it but we seem to have turned a corner now.
Josh Newman’s CV includes a Cheltenham festival winner and Minimalistic’s Charles Stanley Intermediate win gave the Somerset rider his 99th pointing success. Minimalistic belongs to 80-year-old Edward and Sue Darke and is regularly ridden out by each of them.
Josh had to wait for Easter Monday for his century as Hold Me Tight filled the runner up spot behind all the way winner Champions Hill (Conor Houlihan) who was making his English debut in the nine runner Luscombe May Maiden. Owner/trainer George Bielby said, “Conor told us about this horse 18 months ago. We hope to come back here in two weeks time for the Restricted.” One of the tallest riders on the circuit, Conor had sourced the gelding from his Dungarven based uncle David Kiely, and was partnering his 12th career winner. He has recently joined the Paul Nicholls yard as a pupil assistant.
Paul had dashed from Newton Abbot to see his daughter Olive partner Virak to victory in the two runner Totnes and Bridgetown Races Co Mixed Open over four miles. “ They have done a fantastic job with the watering here,” was a nice tribute from a champion trainer. In the smallest field of the day Virak and Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) raced stride for stride until Virak took control on the run in. “I was a bit worried two out, but he is so clever and saved his best until he saw the winning post,” said the promising 16-year-old jockey who was scoring for the seventh time in her first season.
GOING GOOD TO SOFT, GOOD IN PLACES – WATERED
MEMBERS’ – SPONSOR A SALON CALLED FISH
1 Skylander Otis Morgan 4-5 fav led 14th,clear last held on well
2 One Tree Hill Pippa Glanville 2-1 held up, prog three out, fin well
3 Syracuses Dream Barnaby Treneer 8-1 prom til 15th, stayed on nr finish
5 ran ; 2 1/2l , neck; 6m 57s
RESTRICTED SPONSOR WAINHOMES
1 Honest Opinion D Edwards 11/4 made most, drew clear two out, gamely
2 Quintins Man D Andrews 5-4 fav held up, effort three out, kept on flat
3 Kings Quay M Hampton 5-2 chased wnr 12th, every chance til no extra two out
6 ran; 8l; 2l;; 6m 56s
MIXED OPEN – TOTNES & BRIDGETOWN RACES CO 4 MILES
1 Virak Olive Nicholls 2-5 fav disp ld til went clear flat
2 Broadclyst Anna Johnston 5-4 disp ld, no extra flat
2 ran; 2 1/2l 8m 20s
INTERMEDIATE CHARLES STANLEY two & a half miles
1 Minimalistic Josh Newman 4-7 fav prom, led two out, comf
2 Steel Express Martin McIntyre 11-4 led 11th til headed & wknd apprg last
3 Miltown Bridge Arron Butterfield 12-1 never nearer, kept on closing stages
5 ran; 6l; 10l; 5m 34s
OWNER TRAINER CONDITIONS ORIENTAL CLUB
1 Talk of the South Chad Bament 5-1 in touch, chall’d last, dvn out
2 Dans Wee Man Daisy White 6-4 led 8th til headed after last
3 The Dapper Fox Jack Veysey 4-7 fav never near to chall
5 ran; 1l; 6l; 7m 0s
CONDITIONS FULL CIRCLE MOTORS ELIZABETH MAY MEMORIAL
1 Alternatif Otis Morgan 3-1 led from 4th, clear from two out
3 ran; Finished alone; 6m 55s
MAIDEN LUSCOMBE MAY
1 Champions Hill Conor Houlihan 5-1 made all, held on well flat
2 Hold Me Tight Josh Newman 5-1 stdy hdwy 14th, chall two out, no extra flat
3 Oyster Perch Darren Andrews 7-2 co fav hdwy three out, kept on closing stages
9 ran; 1 1/2l; 5l; 7m 0s
Cover Photo Credit: Athwenna Irons/WMN