COTSWOLD VALE FARMERS
SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2002
by Pete Mansell
This area has seen the emergence of several promising young
riders over the last three months and 21-year-old Richey Spate has to be
included in that category after his double on Simply Better and Sallioko
at Sundays Cotswold Vale Farmers meeting at Maisemore Park.
Simply Better was attempting to repeat his Ledbury success of
a fortnight earlier in the Restricted and he eventually came home a
distance clear of the favourite I'm Dreaming. Spate produced the
9-year-old with a well-timed challenge turning into the home straight and
they quickly asserted their superiority over the final two fences. The
winner carries the colours of the rider's father Carl, mine host at the
Bluebell Inn at Ryall, near Upton-upon-Severn.
Spate's mount Sallioko was all the rage in Division I of the
Maiden, but the mare did not jump with any particular fluency and still
had a significant amount of ground to make up turning into the home
Although she made significant inroads into Migsy Malon's
advantage she was still 4 lengths down at the last, but with the race
seemingly in her pocket Evan Williams's mount stride suddenly began to
shorten dramatically and Spate's perseverance was repaid when Sallioko
flew past her toiling rival to pull the fat from the fire. The winner is
yet another in the long line of home bred horses that the Shail family
have produced on their Castlemorton farm.
22-year-old Anna Clifford from Frampton on Severn recorded
the first win of her career on Heavy Hustler in the Novice Riders event.
The favourite Pebble Beach set out to make every post a winning one but
Heavy Hustler was never far away and came to join issue at the second from
home. Nick Oliver's bravery at the last should have secured victory, but
Miss Clifford rallied her mount so effectively that they outstayed the
runner up in the final 50 yards.
The rest of the afternoon belonged to Julian Pritchard with
the ex-Champion landing a treble on Tirley Gale (Members), Autumn Blunder
(Confined) and Romany Chat (Mixed Open).
His win in the Members proved to be the proverbial steering
job but it did provide a first training success for Nicky Brookes, while
Autumn Blunders victory enabled Martin Jones to make a welcome return to
the winners enclosure. Now based at Redmarley, Jones trains the winner for
trio of owners, which include Ken and Alwyn Hughes and his father Peter.
With regular pilot Andy Martin remaining loyal to Secret Truth, Pritchard
came in for the ride on Romany Chat, who had no difficulty following up
his success at Andoversford last weekend.
Pritchard has ridden over 250 winners between the flags but
his win on Belmont King in the Lord Ashton of Hyde Trophy at the Heythrop
meeting came about in farcical circumstance when Dave Mansell took the
wrong course on Rusty Fellow after the final obstacle had been safely
Geoff Barfoot Saunt teamed up with Dick Baimbridge to land
two winners at Saturdays Ludlow meeting at Bitterley. The Ledbury jockeys
first success was provided by Sunshan in Division II of the 5, 6 & 7
year old Maiden. He produced the winner with a well-timed run to grab the
lead at the last and hold the renewed challenge of Command Con on the run
to the line.
A Baimbridge treble looked on the cards in the Ladies but Split Second eventually had to settle for second place behind the eventual winner, Nicky Sheppard's Eastnor trained Upton Adventure.