Barber double at Larkhill
Richard Burton, winner of Friday's Cheltenham Christie's Foxhunter on Cappa Bleu, completed a marvellous 24 hours by taking the United Services Coronation Gold Cup on Distant Thunder at Larkhill on Saturday.
Richard Burton, winner of Friday's Cheltenham Christie's Foxhunter on Cappa Bleu, completed a marvellous 24 hours by taking the United Services Coronation Gold Cup on Distant Thunder at Larkhill on Saturday. Last year's winner Man From Highworth (Richard Mason) had moved upsides and appeared to be going well when he fell at the second last, leaving Distant Thunder to storm home 20 lengths clear. "I felt I had Man From Highworth covered though", said the former Champion, "and my horse would probably have preferred a lead into the straight". Trained at Gare Hill, near Frome, by Guy Landau for Cattistock owner Sue Humphreys, Distant Thunder is likely to contest the Aintree Foxhunter.Richard Barber landed a double with Remember Bampi and Vico, both partnered by Nick Williams, who took over after Ian Popham was airlifted to hospital following a fall. Remember Bampi gained the upper hand in the second 3-mile Maiden when Sail On Silver (Sam Drinkwater) fell at the second last. "That's another present for breeder Gordon Giddings", beamed owner Ray Geddes. "Gordon was 80 yesterday and was given a Cheltenham racecard signed by all the jockeys who took part in the Gold Cup". Vico created a tremendous impression - "best horse I've ridden", purred Nick - as he sauntered home 30 lengths clear in the first 21/2-mile Maiden. "Paul [Nicholls] bought him from Tom Costello and he'll go to Ditcheat eventually", said Sidmouth owner Mark Tincknell, whose Connaught company sponsors the Champion Trainer.There was a raft of first time winners at the meeting. Bradford Peverell trainer Peter Shaw got off the mark when Nathan Wilmington brought Drybrook Bedouin home 30 lengths clear in the opening Confined race. Taunton owner-trainer David Wike, who trained "one winner under Rules about 20 years ago", recorded his first pointing winner when his ex-Alan King-trained Ballistigo made all and finished alone under Jenny Carr in the 10-runner first 3-mile Maiden. Cardiff University student Daisy Tork, 20, opened her training account with 4yo Premier Kadam, who took the second 2m-4f maiden by a distance under David Turner. "My father, Kevin, bought him at Ascot for 550gns six months ago and my brother Max, 13, does lots of work when I'm at university", said Daisy.Nico de Boinville, 19, who has ridden one winner on the Flat as an amateur, broke his pointing duck at the second attempt - "I fell off the first one", smiled Nico - on Baodai in the PPORA Novice Riders' race. "My father Simon bought him from Philip Hobbs as a schoolmaster", said Nico. "My ambition is to be a jockey and I'd like to ride on the Flat this season and then join a jumping yard next season". Jack Barber set a fast pace on Thisthatandtother, but Nico coolly picked off his rivals before heading the 1-3F close home.Championship leader Dave Mansell reached the 20-winner mark on Noeud Vert - another ex-Philip Hobbs horse - in the closing Restricted. "We bought him privately before he went through the sales ring", said Upton upon Severn trainer Lindsay White, who shares the horse with Tania Ruhan. "He had a lot of bad luck last season and Dave's done a lot of schooling with him since he joined us".New Forest Foxhounds at Larkhill RacecourseSaturday 14 March 2009Confined (10 runners) - 30 lengths, 12. No official time1. DRYBROOK BEDOUINN Wilmington, 4-6F 2. MRS O'CONNELLS Allwood, 8-1 3. CORAL CAYM Atkinson, 12-1 Open Maiden (Div 1) 5yo&up (10 runners) - Six minutes:15 secs1. BALLISTIGO (IRE)Miss J Carr, 7-1 (only one finished)Open Maiden (Div 2) 5yo&up (9 runners) - 11, 30. 6:221. REMEMBER BAMPIN Williams, 2-1 2. BRONZE KINGG Maundrell, 20-13. SUPREME HENRYJ Goss, 10-1 Mixed Open (Coronation Gold Cup) (9 runners) - 20, 6. 6:091. DISTANT THUNDER (IRE)R Burton, 13-8F 2. WHO ELSE KNEW (IRE)W White, 10-1 3. LORD ATTICA (IRE)I Chanin, 12-1 Open Maiden (Div 1) 456&7yo, 2m4f (11 runners) - 30, 5. 5:191. VICO (IRE)N Williams, 6-4F 2. SPELL SHOTG Humfrey, 6-1 3. PASTEK (FR)M Miller, 25-1 Open Maiden (Div 2) 456&7yo, 2m4f (11 runners) - Dist, 12. 5:221. PREMIER KADAMD I Turner, 5-2F 2. OSCARS ALICED Mansell, 10-1 3. OVER BUDGETL Payter, 20-1 PPORA Club Members (Nov Rdrs) (16 runners) - 1, 4. 6:111. BAODAI (FR)N de Boinville, 14-1 2. THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE)J Barber, 1-3 3. DIAMOND MONROE (IRE)P John, 8-1 Restricted (14 runners) - 5, 2. 6:10(Fences 5/18 & 6 omitted)1. NOEUD VERT (FR)D Mansell, 10-1 2. SILENT GUNNERG Maundrell, 10-1 3. HONOURABLE COLLINS (IRE)Miss T Clegg, 50-1