by Lee Glanville
THICK fog enveloped
point-to-point racing at Great Trethew on Sunday and for most of
the East Cornwall hunt second meeting just the last two fences were
visible. That did little to deter a large crowd, however, who
hammered the bookies in the first race following the victory of
Word had reached punters that
the Ashley Farrant-trained five-year-old, who is owned by Georgie
Robarts, was expected to win the first division of the two and a
half mile maiden, and he was backed from 2-1 into odds on
favourite. Jockey Andrew Glassonbury duly emerged through the mist
on the gelding with plenty in hand from Trigger Mead (Leslie
Jefford) and won in a stroll. Farrant, the reigning national
point-to-point champion, has had a quiet time of it this season,
but he explained his yard has taken a while to recover from a
The second division went to Le
Turk ridden by his owner/trainer Andy Oliver who looked around in
disbelief as he approached the winning post in front. "I thought
Tim (Dennis) was cruising and was waiting for him to overtake me so
I was surprised to win. I thought he'd be there and I'd have been
happy with a place," explained the 45-year-old builder whose
victory prompted a huge cheer from the crowd. It was a fourth
career win for Oliver who bought the six-year-old out of Ascot
Sales last March for just 1,400gns.
Olivia Jackson continued to make
her mark as a trainer of some reckoning when she rode Martin Pipe's
Astronaut to victory in the mixed open. The eight-year-old was last
seen at Uttoxeter in 2003 where he was bought by Pipe for 6,000gns
having won the seller.
Tim Dennis was denied a double
on Josanjamic when Susan Young got up to score by a neck on
Lirkimalong in the Intermediate having taken the previous confined
maiden on Sue Batchelor's Chester Charlie. The well-bred
eight-year-old was bought privately through Dennis from a field in
Ireland and was described by Batchelor as being very easy to
Just two horses finished the
Restricted following a pile up at the penultimate fence where three
horses came down. My Whisper, with Leslie Jefford on board,
galloped home a distance ahead of Joli Christmas. The six-year-old
is owned by her trainer, Valerie Graham, with Amy Harris and her
boyfriend David Spicer who was celebrating his birthday.
The concluding confined went to
Graham Kivell's Procedure, ridden by Liam Heard, who was bought out
of Jim Olds yard. Now trained by Keith Cumings, he underwent a
breathing operation last year and had been running well in defeat
Duralock Open Maiden Division I
(2m4f): River Fields (A Glassonbury) 1; Trigger Mead (L Jefford) 2;
Whizzaar (Mr W Biddick) 3. 4l, 2l, 5.18.
The Dawe, Hawken and Dodd
Open Maiden Division II (2m4f): Le Turk (A Oliver) 1; Bishlir (T
Dennis) 2; Dartmeet (D Jacob) 3. 4l, 2l, 5.24.
The Langaller Farm Mixed
Open: Astronaut (Mrs O Jackson) 1; It'snotsimple (Miss E Kennen);
River Quoile (D Jacob) 3. 2l, 1l, 6.35.
The Jeffferys Confined
Maiden: Chester Charlie (T Dennis) 1; Little Apple Bay (Miss S
Gaisford) 2; Je Suis (M Sweetland) 3. 1l, 2l, 6.27.
The Exeter Racecourse
Intermediate: Lirkimalong (Miss S Young) 1; Josanjamic (T Dennis)
2; Fauntleroy (L Heard). Nk, 3l, 6.28.
The Parnalls Soliciotrs
Restricted: My Whisper (Mr L Jefford); 2 Joli Christmas (Mr W
White). Only 2 finished. Distance, 6.34.
The Re-Tyre Confined:
Procedure (Mr L Heard) 1; Off The Hook (Mr M Sweetland) 2; Maximus
(Mr B Wright) 3. 5l, 2l, 6.35.