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Saturday 11th February 2006

by Lucy Johnson

EXMOOR-based trainer Jeremy Scott’s rich vein of form continued at Black Forest Lodge on Saturday where he trained a double the first leg of which provided jockey Neil Harris with the 150 th winner of his career.

First in the winners’ enclosure was Southwestern who looked impressive when winning a maiden two weeks ago and continued his progress in the restricted, winning by 12 lengths.

Barnstaple-based Harris, who works for National Hunt trainer Victor Dartnall, was quick to dismiss a blunder at the second last, attributing it to greenness, and said: “He’s a good horse and he has a severe engine. I never worried about not winning although he still has a lot of learning to do.”

Scott and Harris were back collecting trophies in the next race when Gone To Lunch strode away with the first division of the maiden for owner Gary Lever.

Quick to hand the plaudits to Harris, Scott said: “He deserves a lot of the credit as I couldn’t do it without him. He spends a lot of time schooling the horses. And Gary has been a very patient owner with this horse. It’s nice he has now gone and done the business.”

Harris and Scott had earlier been denied a treble when Highway Oak, ridden by Mike Miller, ran out an easy winner from Ready To Rumble in the men’s open. Ben White, who trains three near Yeovil, delighted his parents Malcolm and Sharyn White, with their gelding’s performance.

The family had trained his dam Highway Light, who they admitted was “useless” but Highway Oak proved he is anything but that when he made virtually all the running and jumped well throughout. The trainer said: “I knew he was well and it was his jumping that won the day. He was saving lengths at every fence.”

Eleven went to post for the second division of the maiden and it was Listen Kid, under Darren Edwards, who lead three fences from home and went on to score by three lengths.

Trained by Charlotte Budd in Somerset, unusually the seven-year-old is by the stallion Royal Applause who is better known as a sire of precocious two year olds. His owner Michael Wear, said he has been a difficult horse to train, but regular hunting has kept him sweet. “He also injured a fetlock after hunting in Cornwall last February and spent ten days at the veterinary hospital at Langford, Bristol having it flushed out,” he added.

Lucy Gardner scored her third winner this term when Tsar’s Twist jumped the last in fine style and went on to win the confined by12 lengths from Polligana.

The ladies’ was a three runner affair with Richard Kelvin-Hughes’ Sailor’s Folly making a welcome return to the winners’ enclosure under Polly Gundry.

Favourite Fiesty Frosty followed up his course win two weeks ago with a win in the intermediate under Michael Scudamore to book his place in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate final on May 17.

Racing takes place next Sunday at Buckfastleigh Racecourse, adjacent to the A38 and the first race is off at 12pm.


Confined: Tsar’s Twist (Miss L Gardner) 1; Polligana (Mr R Woollacott) 2; Peter’s Two Fun (Mr D McKenna) 3. Distances: 12 lengths, ½ length. Time: 6 minutes 9.2 seconds.

Men’s open: Highway Oak (Mr M Miller) 1; Ready To Rumbe (Mr N Harris) 2; Polar Champ (Mr G Weatherly) 3. 6l, 4l, 6.03.

Ladies’s open: Sailor’s Folly (Miss P Gundry) 1; Longstone Boy (Miss C Tizzard) 2; Alpha Eight (Miss J England) 3. 5l, distance. 6.01.

Exeter Racecourse Intermediate: Fiesty Frosty (Mr M Scudamore) 1; Classi Maureen (Mr R Woollacott) 2; Teach Altra (Mr M Miller) 3. 10l, 3l, 6.08.

Restricted: Southwestern (Mr N Harris)1; Tyre Hill Lilly (Miss L Gardner) 2; Selassie (Mr C Wallis) 3. 12l, ½ l, 6.04.

Maiden (div I): Gone To Lunch (Mr N Harris) 1; Mercurey (Mr M Miller) 2; Little Ed ( Mr T Lane) 3. 10l, 25l, 6.13.2.

Maiden (div II): Listen Kidd (Mr D Edwards) 1; Kingston Blue (Mr J Barnes) 2; No Turning Back (Mr N Harris) 3. 3l, 1l, 6.20.

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