Commiserations to Jo Buck, who was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle after a fall from Ross Oliver’s House of Fun in one of the Maiden races.
Jo took the Devon & Cornwall area champion lady rider title in 2011 and 2012. “It’s the same ankle that she broke in that fall at Cheltenham (May 2012),” reported Ross Oliver, who had travelled his six-year-old House of Fun on a 360 miles round trip from his base in Cornwall.
It was a long afternoon at Badbury Rings where a total of 121 runners turned out on remarkably good going. The planned seven-race card was extended to 11 thanks to four events having to be divided on the day which began with a shock 100-1 winner in the opening Conditions race. This was recent Chipley Park failure Dona (Sam Painting), from the Barbury Castle yard of Laura Thomas. The second part of the Conditions race also saw punters in a pickle with Bringinthebranston (Tom David) scoring at 20-1 for Pyle, Bridgend owner/trainer David Brace.
The Silverton qualified Byerley Bear was seeking his fifth successive win of the season in the AGA Ladies’ Open. Despite seeing off the hot favourite Master Medic, Leanda Tickles’s mount was caught by Aikideau in the last stride Last season’s Devon & Cornwall champion lady Bryony Frost rode a fine, patient waiting race on the winner who was following up his recent Larkhill win. Byerley Bear lost little in defeat, “He will go to Wadebridge next,” said owner Roger Knowles.
Another rider in the wars was Camilla Henderson who was injured when Khyber Kim came down in the home straight in the Novice Riders’ contest. “She has a broken nose and was put into a neck brace as a precaution”, said her father, champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson. This event went to 16-year-old Sean Bowen on David Brace’s Cock of the Rock, with Devon horses King of the Road and Clew Bay Cove filling the places.
Chester Williams was another 16 –year-old jockey to reach the winner’s enclosure when Un Ami, owned and trained by his mother Jane near Barnstaple, gave the schoolboy rider his third career winner in a Restricted division.
Devon based horses dominated the first divided Maiden. The Tiverton qualified Tackler, trained by Marie McGuinness and ridden by Conor Smith looked a bright prospect scoring in his division by 25 lengths, and the sturdy six-year-old Go On Henry (Josh Guerriero) opened his account for Keith and Janet Cumings in the other section.
The Ed Walker trained Hameldown Tor stayed on steadily to finish runner-up under Robbie Henderson in the Men’s Open, but could not quite cope with Ravethebrave, (Joe Hill) who bounced back from a moderate effort at Higham last time out to take the prize to Oxfordshire.
Michael Legg was the only rider to complete a double on the marathon card. He took the first section of the Restricted under Driftwood Pride, and as the light began to fade in the final race he gained a neck verdict on Driving Onwards, just denying the Leslie Jefford representative Last Edition.
The latest official updates for the meeting, including the going, will be available through Talkingpoint
From Linda Matthews, Cornwall Club Secretary
Update: 9 December 2013
Tim Dennis inspected the course yesterday and the going was good, good to soft in places. The weather forecast this week seems favourable to it staying the same.
Published: 4 December 2013
The Cornwall Club meeting is upon us and the course at Wadebridge is looking extremely good. The Clerk of the Course has reported today (Wednesday) that the going is good, good to soft in places, with a very good covering of grass. The fences are now all in situ ready for the first inspection.
Fences 2 and 6 have had completely new birch and the others are in very good condition.
There are plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities in the exhibition hall, with 15 trade stands and stalls. Farmers Friend and Chris Horrell will be selling country clothing and David Thorne is exhibiting his beautifully crafted hunting crops and other items. There are stalls selling vintage hunting accessories, handicrafts, toys, Christmas decorations and children’s clothes. These are all under cover near the bar, refreshments and bookmakers.
The course at Wadebridge has good viewing points and easy access to car parks via tarmac roads. Permanent toilets are also easily accessed.
Entrance is £10 per car and driver, £5 per passenger and children under 16 free.
If anyone travelling a long distance to Wadebridge needs overnight accommodation with stable please contact Mike & Elaine Biddick 01726 890214 or Linda Matthews 01736 761937.
Note: The HC registration deadline is 12 noon, Friday 6th December 2013, and the entries close at 12 noon on Monday 9th December 2013. Details of all the races can be viewed in page 108 of the 2014 planner, and the page for the December meetings can also be downloaded from here
Met Office 5 day forecast: Wadebridge, 1.3 miles from PL27 7JE
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Amongst the Christmas fair stalls at Wadebridge point–to-point will be “I hope it’s a pony” selling an array of equine related vintage gifts. I am told that many of these are referred to these days as “MANtiques” as the (empty)second hand and vintage hip flasks, pewter and silver plate drinking goblets, stirrup cups and glasses appeal to the male shopper! There are all sorts of potential gifts to give and keep that will be attractive to anyone who appreciates objects that suit country homes such as a sturdy iron bootscraper and original equine photographic art by Rita Heard and vintage prints. Some rare and beautifully illustrated equitation books will be available to purchase too for those that like collecting for their own libraries. Also, if there are a few gaps in your tackroom you can find some secondhand worn in tack such as bridles, bits, reins and boots that might come in handy. “I hope it’s a pony” will be between the bar and the bookies and is a good meeting place to share stories about horses and the country so come along and spend some time between the racing activities. It will be an interesting collection and provide a unique shopping experience.