East Cornwall point to point at Great Trethew can be described as bumper
in all ways – the car parks were full, race cards sold out and with 11
races, with organisers worried at one point that it wouldn’t all be
completed in daylight hours!
you had the stamina for it, there was good sport until the end – the
highly regarded Manly Money taking the Restricted race under Christian
Williams for trainer Richard Barber.
feature of this season has been the high entries-to-runners ratio and that
was certainly the case on the best ground Great Trethew has had for
several years. The first maiden race split on declaration, the first
division going to Richard Woollacott on Alan Walter’s Parte Prima who
won convincingly in the best time of all the four maiden races. Walter is
a loose-schooling guru, and those skills, combined with a spell show
jumping, saw Parte Prima put last season‘s jumping errors behind him.
Les Jefford had ridden the horse into second at the North Cornwall
but got off it here to partner Cillamon, a horse he trains himself. When
the race split, Jefford won part two aboard Cillamon, the first foal of
Henry Cole’s good NH mare Dubacilla.
almost doubled up in division two but had to settle for second on Josh Mor
in a close finish, Northern Edition (Geoff Barfoot-Saunt) getting home
ahead. Lucy Gardner was only a neck back in third. Division three went to
Clare Heywood, who used to work for Martin Pipe,
on her own Imprevu, who used to be trained by Martin Pipe.
Clare bought the horse for £500 at Doncaster sales and it was her
Derry had his last outing before the Cheltenham Foxhunters in the Land
Rover men’s open and the
Jeremy Scott trained horse cruised to victory under Neil Harris.
was first winner too for Chloe
Roddick ,who works for Paul Nicholls, on Mister Benjamin in the ladies’
open, the horse providing the first leg of Richard Barber’s training
double. Tabitha Cave, second in the ladies’, went one better in the
first division of the confined maiden aboard Onmywayhome. Sarah Gaisford
won the second division on Mike Weir’s Phar Afield. Weir is master of
the Dartmoor Foxhounds and Phar Afield can be considered well qualified
having done 20 days hunting on the moor this season.
man David Pipe didn’t go home empty-handed – Legatus (Ashley Farrant)
won the Newton Abbot Racecourse Intermediate.
last three races were commentated on by Gordon Miller, who has been the
announcer for the East Cornwall for many years. It was a successful debut
and he will share the task with Bill Harper at the next Great Trethew
1, Fossy Bear, Sue Young; 2, Ross Poldark, T Dennis; 3, Moorland Rose,
Dawn Mitchell. 5l, 8l, 6.48.
maiden (2 1/2 m, 5,6,7 year olds):
two: 1, Northern Edition, G Barfoot-Saunt; 2, 2, Josh Mor, L Jefford; 3,
Going Solo, Lucy Gardner. 1 1/5l, nk, 5.40.
Rover Men’s open: 1, County Derry, N Harris; 2, Danny Doolittle, M
Sweetland; 3, Doublet, D Edwards. 10l, 1/2l, 6.40.
open: 1, Mister Benjamin, Chloe Roddick; 2, Jentar Equlibra, Tabitha Cave;
3, Cherokee Run, Charlotte Tizzard. 7l, 1/2l, 6.40.
Maiden Div one: 1, Onmywayhome, Tabitha Cave; 2, Lingering Fog, Mary
McCarthy; 3, Wonderful World, N Harris. 8l, 1l, 6.53.
two; 1, Phar Afield, Sarah Gaisford; 2, Butler Did It, L Jefford; 3,
Smokey Joe, T Dennis. 3l, 1/2l, 6.58.
1, Legatus, A Farrant; 2, Bak On Board, Lucy Gardner; 3, Don Royal, N
Harris. 6l, 1l, 6.44.
Restricted: 1, Manly Money, C Williams, 2, Henwyn, R Darke; 3, Kestick, Tabitha Cave. 3l, 1/2l, 6.51.