Brave Trade Off
The crowds flocked through the gates to see quality racing and the wealth of other attractions on show at Badbury Rings on Sunday.
The crowds flocked through the gates to see quality racing and the wealth of other attractions on show at Badbury Rings on Sunday.The Louise Alner-trained Trade Off put up a brave performance in the Men's Open, making most of the running under Sam Allwood, and holding favourite Long Night's late challenge. "He's been a fabulous horse for us all", said Sally Alner, watching the race at the last fence with husband Robert, who was making his first racecourse visit since being injured in a car accident in November 2007. "We thought he might need the race, but Sam says he jumped wonderfully", said joint owner Bill Dupont, who was philosophical after the loss of the Richard Barber-trained Eighty Six Percent in the previous race. "That's the ups and downs of racing", said Bill. Richard Barber was in the winner's enclosure after Thisthatandtother under Jack Barber turned the Countryside Alliance Novice Riders' race into a procession, despite a couple of minor alarms in the last half-mile. "Jack had to bypass the fourth last [damaged on a previous circuit] and coped well with the loose horse that almost ran across him at the third last - it's all part of the education process", said Richard.Zabenz and Diana Hobbs were flat to the boards to win the Ladies Open after Rilly Goschen set Silver Monarch alight in the far corner and still led by two lengths over the last. The win qualified Zabenz for the Christie's Foxhunter, but the 12yo will not go to Cheltenham. "We'll aim him at the Grand National and if he doesn't make the starting line up, we'll go for the Midland and Scottish Nationals", explained Sarah Hobbs.Knighton Combe responded to Michael Miller's driving to regain the Club Members Conditions race challenge cup he won in 2007 - he was runner-up to Golden Jack in 2008. Knighton Combe had most of his rivals in trouble in the far corner, but Tyneham and Rilly Goschen challenged all the way to the line.The Connolly's Red Mills Intermediate went to Midnight Queen, who made virtually all under trainer Charlotte Tizzard, and just held Nathan Wilmington's challenge on favourite Drybrook Bedouin. "That was for Sue and Tom", said Wingfield breeder Robert Fear, who shares the mare with his father Mervyn and Edna Coombes. "Midnight Queen's dam Panda Shandy was bred by the late Sue Woodhouse, and Edna's husband Tom died shortly after Midnight Queen won at Cothelstone last March, so this was for them".Trainer Peter Mason rode Port Talbot to victory in the closing Maiden, where a maximum field of 16 went to post. Port Talbot, who was at times 15 lengths clear and just had enough to last home, deserved to get his head in front - he had finished runner-up in his four previous outings.ResultsCountryside Alliance Club (Wessex) at Badbury RingsSunday 22 February 2009CA Club Members Conditions (13 runners) - 3/4 length, 20 lengths. Six mins:09 secs1. KNIGHTON COMBEM Miller, 11-4F 2. TYNEHAMMiss A Goschen, 4-1 3. FULLY LOADED (IRE)Miss C Tizzard, 16-1 Mens Open (9 runners) - 1, 3. 6:081. TRADE OFF (IRE)S Allwood, 9-2 2. LONG NIGHTR Bliss, 6-4F 3. TOUCH OF FLAMEM Miller, 4-1 CA Club Members (Nov Rdrs) (10 runners) - 30, 8. 6:081. THISTHATANDTOTHER (IRE)J Barber, 2-5F2. THATLLDOYAMiss S Hayward, 50-13. ARCTIC SKY (IRE)Miss R Barnett, 20-1 Ladies Open (5 runners) - 1, dist. 6:051. ZABENZ (NZ)Miss D Hobbs, 10-11F2. SILVER MONARCHMiss A Goschen, 9-2 3. GUNSHIP (IRE)Miss R Green, 8-1 Connolly's Red Mills Intermediate (15 runners) - Hd, 15. 6:061. MIDNIGHT QUEENMiss C Tizzard, 14-1 2. DRYBROOK BEDOUINN Wilmington, 11-10F 3. MRS O'CONNELLS Allwood, 5-1 Open Maiden 7yo&up (16 runners) - 3/4, 6. 6:161. PORT TALBOT (IRE)P Mason, 2-1F 2. OVER A PINTS Parish, 20-1 3. INSATIABLE LADY (IRE)Miss E MacMahon, 14-1