WELL watered ground at Trebudannon attracted a total of 67 runners for the Four Burrow's eight race card. Once again the action had to take place without crowds as COVID restrictions continued.
Trainer Dean Summersby saddled three winners, all partnered by Darren Edwards, whilst Will Biddick added a double from his five rides in his quest for his eighth National jockeys title.
The Summersby yard landed both divisions of the Open Maiden thanks to Party Tunes and Russian Invasion. Party Tunes, owned by Rita Underhill and Ruth Burrow, made all in his division to win unchallenged. "He is a big horse and has taken time to come to himself, and has strengthened up this year", remarked the trainer.
Six-year-old Russian Invasion, in the colours of the Little Acres Racing Club, received an equally positive ride and was left clear when Melvyn fell three out." We bought him at the Trevor Hemmings dispersal sale and always thought he was a useful horse at home, where we do a lot of work on the moors. He is a very nice sort and could be a hunter chase prospect," enthused the delighted handler.
Port o'Clock had started the ball rolling for the Summersby / Edwards combination when getting the better of odds-on favourite Crown of Thorns (Will Biddick) after a sustained battle in the Conditions race. "We were trapping down the back straight. You can't touch him in the mouth approaching a fence as his head comes up and there was no stride at the last." reported a rather relieved rider, whose Trebudannon treble earned him a presentation for lifting his career total to 300, including his wins under rules.
It could have been a four-timer for the rider, now commuting regularly to Devon & Cornwall meetings from his Leicestershire base, but for him offering his booked ride on Men's Open winner Los Alamos to Will Biddick. "I called Darren in the week to see if I could ride Los Alamos as it is will be hammer and tongs until the end of the season for the championship," said Biddick, striving to add to his seven national jockeys titles with James King hot on his heels.
His call certainly paid dividends as the Luke Price owned and trained gelding was given a copybook Biddick ride to overcome Talk of the South. "Los Alamos won a hurdle and bumper for Joseph O'Brien and needed a change of scenery after a few runs for Tim Vaughan," said the trainer, who had travelled the four hours journey to Cornwall from his Pontypridd base.
Will Biddick's double was sealed when Kinondu Kweto, named after a Kenyan beach resort, followed up his Chaddesley Corbett success last February. The five-year-old was awarded that Maiden race on the disqualification of the original winner. He needed no official help this time, outjumping Funky Sensation at the last to score by two lengths. "He is a nice big horse and this is my first winner for Fran Nimmo and Charlie Poste," remarked the rider.
It was difficult to keep the Summersby family out of the headlines as Dean and Emma's 17-year-old daughter Charlotte landed the second winner of her career when Eric the Third caught the tiring Awesome Tunes at the last fence in the 12-runner Conditions race for veteran horses. "The more I asked him the more he gave," remarked the young rider about the John Heard trained 12-year-old, a seven times winner under rules earlier in his career.
First time cheek pieces seemed to galvanise Tom Malone's nine-year-old The Last But One, who jumped soundly and fought off the gallant Master Baker to take the Ladies' Open in the hands of in-form jockey Chloe Emsley who said, "The race went to plan. I kept him on the inner. I was trying to hear if Master Baker was coming, but it was difficult with the strong headwind up the home straight."
Front running tactics paid off for The Dartmoor Rose under Darren Andrews in the Mares and Fillies Maiden over two and a half miles. "The plan was to make all and she was very nimble round the bends," reported the rider. Okehampton trainer Charlotte Rowe remarked, "She lacked a fitness edge in her previous race at Maisemore (which has thrown up three subsequent winners). They have done a fantastic job with the ground here."