Burton reaches 20 winners
Richard Burton reached the 20-winner mark one behind Thomas Greenall and Dave Mansell in the National table on Rocklandslad in the 2m 4f Maiden at Ston Easton where the Mendip Farmers point to point was held on Sunday.
Richard Burton reached the 20-winner mark - one behind Thomas Greenall and Dave Mansell in the National table - on Rocklandslad in the 2m 4f Maiden at Ston Easton where the Mendip Farmers point to point was held on Sunday. Dave and Lynn Cullimore's 6yo made virtually all the running and, although not fluent at some of his fences, had little difficulty maintaining his advantage in the straight. "He would have preferred going left-handed but we came here for the ground", said Malmesbury trainer, Alison Dare, who bought the gelding via Martin Oliver in January. Alison - herself a former six-time National Champion rider - was also keen to praise her jockey. "Richard rides my horses beautifully and I'm so lucky to get him", she said.Hopes of a Burton-Dare double disappeared when New Series failed to cope with the surface conditions and pulled up in the Restricted. Frosty Spring (Sam Drinkwater) looked the winner when left 10 lengths clear on the far side, but Claire Allen - another former National Champion - brought Sarah Faulks' Misstree Dancer through to lead at the last, and held off Frosty Spring's renewed challenge close home.Coombe Hill made it five wins from his last six outings when recording the day's fastest time in the Ladies Open. Held up off the pace by Charlotte Tizzard, Coombe Hill idled after moving smoothly into the lead but picked up again when Doof (Jo Buck) challenged at the last. Ditcheat owner-trainers Dave Staddon and Caroline Parsons maintained their 100% course record - two from two - with Blu Teen, who went clear under Nick Williams in the Mens Open. Taunton's 1st April Hunter Chase is a possible target for the 9yo.Sericina's opening Hunt race success delighted owner Michael Sheppard. "This is the race I really wanted to win", beamed Michael, the Joint Master of the Mendip Farmers. Held up by trainer Chloe Roddick, Sericina jumped to the front with a circuit to go and went further and further clear of her field. Cheltenham's Connolly's Red Mills Intermediate Final is a likely target on 6th May.Amanda Bush got off the mark in the 3-mile Maiden on Forgive The Past, trained by her father Nick, and owned by him and Carol Clift. "I bought him at Ascot in October 2006 to accompany Mr Banker, but I suppose he's No 1 now", smiled Nick. The 8yo jumped beautifully for Amanda and found plenty when Nick Williams challenged aboard Pezreuil in the straight.Hunt Members (4 runners) - 15 lengths, 5. Five minutes:48 secs1. SERICINA (FR)Miss C Roddick, 8-15F 2. MIDNIGHT QUEENMiss C Tizzard, 5-2 3. OFF BROADWAY (IRE)Miss S Berry, 11-2 Open Maiden 456&7yo, 2m4f (13 runners) - 5, 6. 4:541. ROCKLANDSLAD (IRE)R Burton, 4-7F 2. SHAVER BAINES (IRE)N Williams, 8-1 3. DERRY CITY (IRE)Miss C Roddick, 4-1 Ladies Open (7 runners) - 1/2, 2. 5:461. COOMBE HILLMiss C Tizzard, 4-5F 2. DOOF (IRE)Miss J Buck, 12-1 3. FLEUR DE NIKOS (FR)Miss J Carr, 5-2 Mens Open (6 runners) - 6, 2. 5:561. BLU TEEN (FR)N Williams, 4-6F 2. CELESTIAL DRAGON (IRE)L Morgan, 9-4 3. GENERAL BLACKTHORNM Green, 6-1 Restricted (6 runners) - 3/4. 5:551. MISSTREE DANCERMiss C Allen, 5-2 2. FROSTY SPRINGS Drinkwater, 8-1 only two finishedOpen Maiden 5yo&up (11 runners) - 5, 6. 6:101. FORGIVE THE PASTMiss A Bush, 16-1 2. PEZREUIL (FR)N Williams, 5-2 3. FRONT PAGEMiss C Tizzard, 12-1