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27th February 2005
by Lee Glanville

With six maiden races on the card, and four of those for young horses, racegoers will have seen some of the stars of the future take their first steps on the ladder at the East Cornwall Hunt point to point at Great Trethew, near Liskeard, on Sunday.
One of those stars is likely to be Life Cover who made her first race a winning one and recorded the fastest time of the four two-and-a-half mile maidens for five, six and seven year old horses.

Winning is in her blood as she is out of owner/trainer/breeder Stewart Pike's multiple winning mare Front Cover, herself a full sister to the ill-fated Proud Son, one of the top hunter chasers of the 90s - the only other horse Pike, who lives in Sidbury, Devon, has trained to win first time out as a five-year-old.

Foundation dam of that family was Pike's Roman Lilly and all her offspring - Shades of Oak, Sweatshirt, Synderborough Lad, Proud Son, Winter's Lane and Front Cover - were winners. Life Cover, who was ridden by Pollu Gundry, has already had a foal. She was kept out of trouble in rear for the first circuit before gradually closing to challenge over the last two fences.
Second and third Katies Hero (Richard Darke) and River Fields (Derek McKenna) should both soon be winning.

Gundry followed up in Division Two, on Sue Smith's Victory Bell. Division Three went to Karyn and Colin Heard's smart Lord Americo six-year-old Fauntleroy, ridden by Colin's son Liam. Division Four was won by Roger Oliver's Umista, trained by his daughter Emma and ridden by Richard Woollacott. More should be seen of all these horses this season.

Mary McCarthy was denied her second ladies' open win of the season with her horse Sandy Duff, by Rachel Green and Rimpton Boy in another crowd thriller.
Rimpton Boy, trained by Richard Barber in Dorset, always looked to have something in reserve in another race where there was no quarter given. Mandy Hand's Karadin was a good third, having been held up by the recent frosty ground on Dartmoor where he does a lot of his work. Barber doubled up with Classify (Nick Williams) in the closing Restriced race.

The men's open was the second of the weekend to go to trainer Ollie Jackson and rider Guy Weatherley. Ballysicyos was left in front by the fall off Barber representative Dragon's Dream.

A minute's silence was held after the first race, the members' race, for East Cornwall hunt stalwart Basil Young who died the Thursday before. His daughters, Sue Young and Kate Rogers, both rode in the race in their father's memory and there were more than a few tears shed for Mr Young, a long-time point to point racing and breeding supporter.

The race was the first of a double for Richard Woollacott who rode Sandy Newton's Here's To Lucy to a popular victory.

Members': 1, Here's to Lucy, R Woollacott; 2, Treble Trigger, Miss S Young. Three ran, only two finished. 3l, 6.43.

Maiden - 5,6,7 yo, 2 1/2m - Division One: 1, Life Cover, Miss P Gundry; 2, Katies Hero, R Darke; 2, River Fields, D McKenna. 11 ran, 1l, hd, 5.27.

Division Two: 1, Victory Bell, Miss P Gundry; 2, Come To The Bar, T Dennis; 3, Rising Account, N Williams. Nine ran, 2l, 1/2l, 5.32.

Division Three: 1, Fauntleroy, L Heard; 2, Good Book, T O'Brien; 3, Karing Kenda, N Harris. Eight ran, 2l, 5l, 5.30.

Division Four: 1, Umista, R Woollacott; 2, Tight Corner, T Dennis; 3, Magical Harry, N Williams. Seven ran, 2l, 2l, 5.41.

Men's Open: 1, Ballysicyos, G Weatherley; 2, Don Royal, N Harris; 3, Cantenac Brown, T Atkinson. Seven ran, 15l, 1/2l, 6.20.

Ladies' Open: 1, Rimpton Boy, Miss R Green; 2, Sandy Duff, Miss M McCarthy; 3, Karadin, Mrs M Hand. Eight ran, 3l, 1l, 6.20,

Confined maiden, 8yo and up: Division One: 1, Off The Hook, I Hambley; 2, Applepie Lady, Miss J Congdon; 3, Chester Charlie, T Dennis. Five ran, 2l, 6l, 6.36.

Division Two: 1, Cargo Flight, A Glassonbury; 2, Phantom Walker, L Jefford; 3, Mr Lehman, Miss L Gardner. Eight ran, 2l, 3l, 6.36.

Restricted: 1, Classify, N Williams; 2, Abseal, R Darke; 3, Lirkimalong, Miss S Young. Seven ran, 12l, 1/2l, 6.36.

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