BLACK FOREST LODGE
Easter Monday 28th March 2005
by Lee Glanville
There was a huge crowd at the
South Devon meeting at Blackforest Lodge, their numbers swollen by
those who turned up to watch the pony racing which followed.
Although runners weren't as plentiful as in Cornwall there was
still good racing.
Girl power was to the fore in
the opening members' race, where Claire Little got Young General
home ahead of Alice Mills on Wise Reflection, the pair being neck
and neck down the final hill.
In the PPORA Club members' race
for novice riders Squaddie (Joe Cole) looked the likely winner but
fell four from home and Ian Chanin got Gotha home for his first win
of the season with Rose Clarke on Wait For This second.
Carol Lawrence's diminutive No
Way A Lady proved that size is not necessarily a requirement for
point to pointers by putting a foot perfect jumping display under
Tom O'Brien to take the two and a half mile maiden for 5,6 and 7
year old horses. She held off the challenge of the Rodney Farrant
trained Kalabell Prince (Neil Harris) to win by half a length.
O'Brien was in double form, winning the seven runner Intermediate
on Dante's Promise, denying Zoe Hammond a course double this season
with her All Eyez On Me.
Angie Malde's Polar Champ turned
the Mixed open into a procession even though the second and third
placed horses were no mugs - Porlock Hill ( Neil Harris) and Morris
Piper (Tom O'Brien). Polar Champ ( Guy Weatherley) had a 20 length
lead going down the final hill and increased that to win by a
Harris had better luck and
notched up the first leg of his double in the Restricted which he
won on Bessie Bunter, beating the Ollie Jackson trained Love Fool (
Guy Weatherley) into second place. The second win was in the Open
Maiden on board Karing Kenda, a race which was marred when leader
Starcross Rocket went our of contention with a serious injury. Much
of the early pace had been set by Camerosa (Tom O'Brien) but the
horse faded into third.
The pony racing went the way of
the Buckfastleigh-based Frost family. NH trainer dad Jimmy was
there to see daughter Bryony take the race for the younger riders
and son Hadden win the older race - only parting company with his
pony Brixton Adonis after the post!
Laura Hopkins on Purdey was second in the first race, Pippa
Wonnacott, 15, daughter of former point to point rider Clare,
runner up in the second.
1, Young General, Miss C Little; 2, Wise Reflection, Miss A Mills.
PPORA Club Members Nov Rdrs: 1,
Gotha, I Chanin; 2, Wait For This, Miss R Clarke. Three ran.
Open Maiden 2m4f, 5,6,7yo: 1, No
Way A Lady, T O'Brien; 2, Kalabell Prince, N Harris; 3, Fairy Loch,
A Holdsworth. Seven ran.
Mixed Open: 1, Polar Champ, G
Weatherley; 2, Porlock Hill, N Harris; 3, Morris Piper, T O'Brien.
Restricted: 1, Bessie Bunter, N
Harris; 2, Love Fool, G Weatherley; 3, Silken Thomas, Miss S West.
Intermediate: 1, Dante's
Promise, T O'Brien; 2, All Eyez On Me, Mrs Z Hammond; 2, Happy
Team, Miss O Jackson. Seven ran.
Open Maiden: 1, Karing Kenda, N
Harris; 2, Morchard Mill, M Woodward; 3, Camerosa, T O'Brien. Seven