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Four Burrow
Monday 5th April 2010
by Granville Taylor

It looked like being a bad day for Richard Woollacott as he attempted to keep up his Men’s title challenge at the Four Burrow. Following a head defeat in the first Maiden, he suffered two bruising falls in successive races before getting Come What Augustus home in the Mixed Open run over three and a half miles.

Bill Westacott’s Come What Augustus can be very quirky, and had a pre-race tantrum when reluctant to leave the paddock. The eight-year-old is talented however, and eventually responded to Woollacott’s urgings by getting up to beat Stone Valley. Come What Augustus has now won all his four races this season.

Paul Tylor’s Cornish Ice gave Joe Tickle his sixth winner of the season when just holding Molland Gayle in the first two and a half miles Maiden for young horses. “He really needs a longer distance”, reported the jockey who works as a pupil assistant to Nick Williams. The winner is trained on The Lizard by Tylor’s daughter-in-law Lucinda.

Only two finished in the other young horse Maiden, with Misstree Pitcher being left well clear when Polly Joke fell when in the lead at the 10th fence. “We think a lot of her and she is a really nice prospect”, said Sarah Faulks, who trains the five-year-old she jointly owns her with her husband. Misstree Pitcher is a home bred half sister to the same yard’s Misstree Dancer who won twice over hurdles recently.

Richard Hawkins had the mount on Misstree Pitcher to keep up his good start to the season, but had to settle for runner up in the Confined when Glacial Call just failed to hold Alambique. The mare Glacial Call was looking for her fifth successive victory, but her 6lbs penalty did not help. “She hung towards the inner up the straight”, reported the jockey. Alambique took her measure jumping the last to give 18-year-old Lee Drowne the second success of his career. “We might look for a hunter chase next”, said Alambique’s trainer Walter Dennis.

21-year-old jockey Ed Barrett rode his first ever winner when Oscatello beat Wee Fly (Polly Gundry) by a neck in the Hunt race. Both the winner and runner up are owned and trained locally by Ross Oliver. “I now work for Polly and Ed Walker, but originate from Herefordshire where my father farms”, said the young rider.

At the other end of the age scale, the reigning Devon & Cornwall veteran title holder Neil Harris showed his experience with a ten lengths win on Gunna Be A Devil in the Restricted. The race changed shape when Stitchnick blundered and Mr Redwood parted company with Lucy Gardner three out, leaving the winner to coast home. Gunna Be A Devil is jointly owned by Richard Lock, Bridget Tully and Gerald Warne, and is trained by Camilla Scott, who was, “busy lambing and I always seem to saddle winners when she is not here”, joked Jeremy Scott.

The biggest priced winner of the day came in the biggest field when 16-1 outsider Miss Nosey found too much pace for front running Delta Borget in the eleven strong Open Maiden. With modest form over hurdles, eight-year-old mare Miss Nosey cost her owner only £800 at Doncaster last May, but she has been hard hunted with the Dartmoor all season, and “gallops all over the moor”, according to owner/trainer Mike Weir. Winning jockey Tom Chanin got an inkling of her well being when, “she kept pricking her ears on the way to the start”, adding that at the business end, “she jumped the last brilliantly”.

Hunt Race
1 Oscatello ( E Barrett)
2 Wee Fly (Miss P Gundry)
3 Peggy’s Boy (J Huxham)
5 ran: neck; 2l; 6m 24s

Open Maiden 4 to 7 year-olds, two miles and a half
Division 1
1 Cornish Ice (J Tickle)
2 Molland Gayle (R Woollacott)
3 Acting Tougher (Miss P Gundry)
6 ran; head; 1l; 5m 15s

Division 2
1 Misstree Pitcher (R Hawkins)
2 Twas Tyson (J McGrath)
5 ran; distance: 5m 18s; only two finished

1 Alambique (L Drowne)
2 Glacial Call (R Hawkins)
3 Walton Wat (Miss L Tickle)
5 ran; 2l; 6l; 6m 33s

Mixed Open – Cornish National – three miles and a half
1 Come What Augustus (R Woollacott)
2 Stone Valley (T Chanin)
3 ran; 1 1/2l; 7m 38s: only two finished

1 Gunna Be A Devil (N Harris)
2 Mayfair Lastchance (J Cole)
3 Sosueme Now (E Barrett)
9 ran; 10l; 2l; 6m 32s

Open Maiden
1 Miss Nosey (T Chanin)
2 Delta Borget (Miss J Buck)
3 Greenock (D Summersby)
11 ran; 1l; 4l; 6m 30s

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