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Sunday 26th February 2006

by Lucy Johnson

THE point-to-point course at Great Trethew near Cornwall is renowned as a nurturing ground for young horses and Sunday was no exception with eight maidens for horses which have yet to win a race on a marathon 12 race card.

Bude-based Tim Dennis got the ball rolling in the first maiden when the Brenda Hooper-trained Liric Lady won the first of six maidens over two and a half miles for horses aged five, six or seven.

The six-year-old was bred by Mrs Hooper and her husband Den and is jointly owned with Hugh Trerise. The trio were enjoying their first ever winner together.

In-form Dennis was back in the winners’ enclosure after the third maiden when Alambique, who he owns and trains, came home the two length winner from Merlin Meg. Dennis bought the seven-year-old, by Champion Hurdle second Alderbrook, at Doncaster’s August sale last year for just 1,200gns although he admitted the horse was lame at the time and had received little interest in the ring. “I told my father (Walter) I’d bought a lame horse and he went through the roof, but he hasn’t been lame since,” said Dennis.

The second maiden was an easy win for Innocent Rebel, ridden by Colin Heard who trains the gelding with his wife Karyn near Tintagel in North Cornwall. The five-year-old was an Ascot purchase last summer and Karyn part owns him with Caroline Wilson.

Maloy continued the good run of the Weldhen horses when battling up the hill under Will Biddick to hold off the challenge of the promising Alfie’s Connection in the fourth maiden and Caroline Keevil’s Pushing Gold, ridden by Dominic Alers-Hanky delivered in the next.

Fastest of the young maidens was Junction Twntyfour, ridden by professional race reader and fitness instructer Nathan Wilmington and trained at Crewkerne by Roz Newman.

Dorset-based trainer Richard Barber was in double form for Axe Valley Racing, sending out Spuddlers Dream, who proved he acts on any ground, to win the 15-runners men’s open under Harry Fry and Dragon’s Dream to win the ladies’ in a close finish with Kestick. Rachel Green threw the works at the winner to hold off a determined Tabitha Cave on Kestick who went down by a short head.

A Romp Too Far finally came good for owner Garfield Julian in the first of the maidens for older horses giving Will Biddick his second winner of the day. Trained just minutes from the course by Mark Ranger, two years ago the gelding was disqualified at Chipley Park, and it was a relieved Julian who was looking forward to finally celebrating his first win.

The second division went to Jeremy Scott’s Soldier of Rome whose in-form Exmoor yard was scoring its ninth success of the season. The gelding was in command two out and went on to score by a convincing 11 lengths for Neil Harris. The nine-year-old has proved difficult to train and was reappearing after two years on the side lines but Scott is hopeful he’ll continue his progress. “He’s a big horse and he can get problems with his legs and shoulders but he is very good,” he said.

Scott had to settle for second in the concluding restricted when the classy An Accordion, out of the same dam as Horus and Henrietta, won a competitive race from Osokenda. The five-year-old had opened his account at Wadebridge earlier in the month and although his Culmstock-based trainer Ollie Jackson described him as big and green, she believes he is a serious horse for the future.

Next Saturday’s meeting takes place at Ottery St Mary with the first race off at 11.30am.


Hunt race: Peejay Hobbs (Trainer Ms Chrissy Young, rider, Miss S Gaisford) 1; Kingsmill Creek (Miss E Noszkay) 2; Austin Approved (Mr R Woollacott) 3. six lengths, ten lengths, time 6 minutes, 52 seconds.

Duralock Open Maiden for 5, 6 & 7 yr olds (2m4f) div I part I: Liric Lady (Mrs B Hooper, Mr T Dennis) 1; Maxou Des Brosses (Mr N Harris) 2; Ballyclare (Mr R Woollacott) 3. 8l, 12l, 5.41.

Duralock Open Maiden for 5, 6 & 7 yr olds (2m4f) div I part II: Innocent Rebel (C & K Heard Colin Heard) 1; Loose Lips (Mr G Weatherly) 2; Riteway Round (Miss A Mills) 3. 12l, 2l, 5.39.

Langaller Farm Open Maiden for 5, 6 & 7 yr olds (2m4f) div 2: Alambique (Tim Dennis, Mr T Dennis) 1; Merlin Meg (Mr W Biddick) 2; Friendly Affair (Mr R Woollacott) 3. 2l, 1l, 5.41.

The Martha Jupe Open Maiden for 5, 6& 7 yr olds (2m4f) div 3 part 1: Maloy (Mrs M Weldhen Mr W Biddick) 1; Alfies Conection (Mr D Edwards) 2; Final Deal (Mr J Barnes ) 3. 1l, 2l, 5.51.

The Martha Jupe Open Maiden for 5, 6 & 7yr olds (2m4f) div 3 part II: Pushing Gold (Mrs C Keevil Mr D Ales-Hankey) 1; I’m George (Miss V Shaw) 2; Sigfords Way (Miss A Mills) 3. 2l, 1/2l, 5.50.

The Kilhallon Quality Meats Ltd Open Maiden for 5, 6 & 7 yr olds (2m4f) div 4: Junction Twentyfour (Mrs R Newman Mr N Willmington) 1; Claymills (Mr R Darke) 2; Honourable Collins (Mr G Barfoot-Saunt) 3. 4l, 2l, 5.33.

TheLand Rover Men’s Open: Spuddlers Dream (Mr R J Barber Mr H Fry) 1; Jalons Star (Mr B Robarts) 2; Finewood (Mr R Woollacott) 3. 1l, 1/2l, 6.35.

The Donwderry Construction Ladies’ Open Race: Dragon’s Dream (Mr R J Barber Miss R Green) 1; Kestick ( Miss T Cave) 2; Lady Misprint (Miss S Gaisford) 3. sht hd, 3l, 6.28.

The Jamaica Inn Confined Hunts Maiden for horses aged 8 and over Div 1: A Romp Too Far (Mr M Ranger Mr W Biddick) 1; Kingsmill Lake (Miss S Young) 2; Bishlir (Mr D Edwards) 3. 10l, 6l, 6.34.

The Jamaica Inn Confined Hunts Maiden for horses aged 8 and over Div 2: Soldier of Rome (Mr JRM Scott Mr N Harris) 1; Jaunty Janner (Mr T Dennis) 2; Little Apple Bay (Mr A Holdsworth) 3. 11l, 3l, 6.46.

The Baco Metals Restricted Race: An Accordion (Mrs O Jackson Mr G Weatherly) 1; Osokenda (Mr N Harris) 2; River Fields (Mr D Edwards) 3. 2l, 9l, 6.40.

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