Sunday 2nd April 2006
by Lucy Johnson
NEIL Harris’s clasp on the Devon
and Cornwall point-to-point area title tightened at Great Trethew
near Liskeard on Sunday when he rode a treble taking his tally to
15 for the season.
Most impressive of the winners came on
Southwestern who revelled in the sticky conditions to easily win
the mixed open, held in the memory of staunch point-to-point
supporter Basil Young.
The seven-year-old will continue his
point-to-point campaign this season for his enthusiastic owners The
Osokenda, also trained by in-form Scott who
readies his horses on Exmoor, sluiced up in the restricted
recording the fastest time of the day on ground which gradually
dried in the relentless strong wind. Harris was in command
approaching the second last and pulled away to record an eight
length victory from Maxou Des Brosses.
Harris opened his account in the opening
maiden race, confined to horses aged five, six and seven and run
over two and a half miles, on No Whips, trained by former national
champion point-to-point jockey Leslie Jefford for the Hands and
Heels Partnership. Jefford was notching his first success since he
hung up his boots this year to concentrate on training near
Cullompton and explained that the horse’s disappointing run
at the course last time was probably due to the firmer ground.
Another former national point-to-point
champion Ashley Farrant also scored his first success of the
season, having trained a string of well placed horses, when
Jayemcee won the second maiden. Bought out of Ascot Sales for
3,500gns, the well bred six-year-old is a half brother to Lady
Rebecca who was ridden to success by the trainer’s brother
In the saddle was Darren Edwards who also
scored on Mandy Hand’s Frontenac in the concluding
Third division of the maiden went to Sue
Trump’s home bred Mcsolo who is out of the prolific pointer
Fair Cone. The six-year-old is trained by Robert Chanin at
Thorverton in Devon and was ridden by his son Ian who was recording
his fifth win this campaign.
Another home bred to impress was Oliver
Carter’s First Thought who came home the half length winner
of the first confined maiden from favourite Kingsmill Quay on her
first start over fences. The good looking eight-year-old mare is
trained by Pauline Geering and her husband Tony who spent four
years with Carter at his Ottery St Mary home during his hey day
when he trained the likes of Otter Way.
Sam Holdsworth, broke in Rebecca
Welch’s home bred Little Apple Bay and then rode her to
victory, his first for about six years, in the third maiden. The
mare was a fence in front at the last in a race where just two of
the eight starters go round.
An Accordian looks a real star for the future
having won his third race in succession when he easily won the
intermediate under Guy Weatherly. The winner, bred by his owner
Brian Kilpatrick, will stay with his trainer Ollie Jackson for the
season before his future is decided.
Next Sunday’s meeting is the Spooners
and West Dartmoor at Cherrybrook near Tavistock with the first race
off at 12.30pm
Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div I:
No Whips (Mr N Harris) 1, Walter De Wodeland (Miss S Young) 2;
Heritage Castle (Mr J Young) 3. Trainer; Mr L Jefford, distances; 1
length, 3 lengths, time; 5minutes 48 seconds.
Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div II:
Jayemcee Boy (Mr D Edwards) 1; Merlin Meg (Mr D Alers-Hankey) 2;
I’m George (Miss V Shaw) 3. Mr A Farrant; 3l, 2l, 5.42.
Open Maiden 5, 6 & 7yr olds, 2m4f div
III: Mcscolo (Mr I Chanin) 1; Claymills (Mr R Darke) 2; Dart A
Trump (Mr T Dennis) 3. MR R Chanin; 3l, 1l, 5.41.
The Basil Young Memorial Mixed Open:
Southwestern (Mr N Harris) 1; Gin ‘N’ Fonic (Mr C
Heard) 2; Roymillon (Miss L Gardner) 3. Mr J Scott; 10l, 3l,
Confined Maiden div I part I: First Thought
(Mr R Darke) 1; Kingsmill Lake (Miss S Young) 2; The Sovereign Man
(Mr W Biddick) 3. ; T&P Geering; ½ l, 3l; 6.59.
Confined Maiden div I part II: Little Apple
Bay (Mr S Holdsworth) 1; I Move Earth (Mr M Sweetland) 2. Two
finished; Mrs R Welch; 20l; 7.03.
Intermediate: An Accordian (Mr G Weatherly)
1; Soldier of Rome (Mr N Harris) 2; Gunners Mistake (Mr D Edwards)
3. Mrs O Jackson; 7l, 7l, 6.44.
Restricted: Osokenda (Mr N Harris) 1; Maxou
Des Brosses; Thirtytwored (Mr G Weatherly) 3. Mr J Scott; 8l, 9l;
Confined: Frontenac (Mr D Edwards) 1; Young
General (Mr N Rovai) 2; Nditlir (mr C Heard) 3. Mrs M Hand; 4l, 1l;