by Lee Glanville
With six maiden races on the
card, and four of those for young horses, racegoers will have seen
some of the stars of the future take their first steps on the
ladder at the East Cornwall Hunt point to point at Great Trethew,
near Liskeard, on Sunday.
One of those stars is likely to be Life Cover who made her first
race a winning one and recorded the fastest time of the four
two-and-a-half mile maidens for five, six and seven year old
Winning is in her blood as she
is out of owner/trainer/breeder Stewart Pike's multiple winning
mare Front Cover, herself a full sister to the ill-fated Proud Son,
one of the top hunter chasers of the 90s - the only other horse
Pike, who lives in Sidbury, Devon, has trained to win first time
out as a five-year-old.
Foundation dam of that family
was Pike's Roman Lilly and all her offspring - Shades of Oak,
Sweatshirt, Synderborough Lad, Proud Son, Winter's Lane and Front
Cover - were winners. Life Cover, who was ridden by Pollu Gundry,
has already had a foal. She was kept out of trouble in rear for the
first circuit before gradually closing to challenge over the last
Second and third Katies Hero (Richard Darke) and River Fields
(Derek McKenna) should both soon be winning.
Gundry followed up in Division
Two, on Sue Smith's Victory Bell. Division Three went to Karyn and
Colin Heard's smart Lord Americo six-year-old Fauntleroy, ridden by
Colin's son Liam. Division Four was won by Roger Oliver's Umista,
trained by his daughter Emma and ridden by Richard Woollacott. More
should be seen of all these horses this season.
Mary McCarthy was denied her
second ladies' open win of the season with her horse Sandy Duff, by
Rachel Green and Rimpton Boy in another crowd thriller.
Rimpton Boy, trained by Richard Barber in Dorset, always looked to
have something in reserve in another race where there was no
quarter given. Mandy Hand's Karadin was a good third, having been
held up by the recent frosty ground on Dartmoor where he does a lot
of his work. Barber doubled up with Classify (Nick Williams) in the
closing Restriced race.
The men's open was the second of
the weekend to go to trainer Ollie Jackson and rider Guy
Weatherley. Ballysicyos was left in front by the fall off Barber
representative Dragon's Dream.
A minute's silence was held
after the first race, the members' race, for East Cornwall hunt
stalwart Basil Young who died the Thursday before. His daughters,
Sue Young and Kate Rogers, both rode in the race in their father's
memory and there were more than a few tears shed for Mr Young, a
long-time point to point racing and breeding supporter.
The race was the first of a
double for Richard Woollacott who rode Sandy Newton's Here's To
Lucy to a popular victory.
Members': 1, Here's to Lucy, R Woollacott; 2, Treble Trigger, Miss
S Young. Three ran, only two finished. 3l, 6.43.
Maiden - 5,6,7 yo, 2 1/2m -
Division One: 1, Life Cover, Miss P Gundry; 2, Katies Hero, R
Darke; 2, River Fields, D McKenna. 11 ran, 1l, hd, 5.27.
Division Two: 1, Victory Bell,
Miss P Gundry; 2, Come To The Bar, T Dennis; 3, Rising Account, N
Williams. Nine ran, 2l, 1/2l, 5.32.
Division Three: 1, Fauntleroy, L
Heard; 2, Good Book, T O'Brien; 3, Karing Kenda, N Harris. Eight
ran, 2l, 5l, 5.30.
Division Four: 1, Umista, R
Woollacott; 2, Tight Corner, T Dennis; 3, Magical Harry, N
Williams. Seven ran, 2l, 2l, 5.41.
Men's Open: 1, Ballysicyos, G
Weatherley; 2, Don Royal, N Harris; 3, Cantenac Brown, T Atkinson.
Seven ran, 15l, 1/2l, 6.20.
Ladies' Open: 1, Rimpton Boy,
Miss R Green; 2, Sandy Duff, Miss M McCarthy; 3, Karadin, Mrs M
Hand. Eight ran, 3l, 1l, 6.20,
Confined maiden, 8yo and up:
Division One: 1, Off The Hook, I Hambley; 2, Applepie Lady, Miss J
Congdon; 3, Chester Charlie, T Dennis. Five ran, 2l, 6l, 6.36.
Division Two: 1, Cargo Flight, A
Glassonbury; 2, Phantom Walker, L Jefford; 3, Mr Lehman, Miss L
Gardner. Eight ran, 2l, 3l, 6.36.
Restricted: 1, Classify, N
Williams; 2, Abseal, R Darke; 3, Lirkimalong, Miss S Young. Seven
ran, 12l, 1/2l, 6.36.