Coombe Hill out on top

PUBLISHED: 11:40 09 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:52 16 June 2010

The United Services at Larkhill - 6 February 2010 Coombe Hill defied his 50/1 odds to land a thrilling Coronation Gold Cup for trainer-rider Charlotte Tizzard and her father Alan Tizzard at Larkhill on Saturday, writes Brian Armstrong.

The United Services at Larkhill - 6 February 2010

Coombe Hill defied his 50/1 odds to land a thrilling Coronation Gold Cup for trainer-rider Charlotte Tizzard and her father Alan Tizzard at Larkhill on Saturday, writes Brian Armstrong.

Faced by a top-class 17-strong field, Charlotte drove Coombe Hill home ahead of Mustangsallyrally, Drybrook Bedouin and Southwestern after all four horses had jumped the last in close contention. "I remember winning this race on Bookie's Opinion 34 years ago", said Alan. "Coombe Hill was ready to run at Wadebridge in December, but then Charlotte cracked her ankle. There were no Ladies' Opens to aim at, so we came here. He's qualified for Cheltenham but I imagine he'll point-to-point for the rest of the season and he'll probably go to Badbury Rings in a fortnight".

In-form trainer Richard Barber recorded a treble to take his seasonal tally to eight from just three meetings. Richard led off with Restricted winner Cappoquin, who jumped the last upsides Ackhurst (Darren Edwards) and went clear when his main rival pulled up lame on the run-in. Jockey Ryan Mahon completed a double on Pezreuil, who held Maranach and Walter De Wodeland more comfortably than suggested by the official head verdict in the Intermediate. Six-year-old debutant Garton Wood (Nick Williams) completed the Barber treble in the Maiden (Division 1) despite jumping markedly to his left. "He's a half-brother to recent Wincanton winner Toby Jug and his owner, Des O'Connor (no, not the Des O'Connor), sent him to me about five months ago", explained the winning trainer.

Mendip trainer Pat Bryant and jockey James Tudor combined for a double with Civil Disobedience (Restricted) and debutant Dovecote Wood (Maiden Division 2). Civil Disobedience maintained his 100% record - two from two - in comfortable style under a patient ride. "We hope he'll keep progressing through the ranks and be good enough for Hunter Chases", said owners Richard Mitford-Slade and Lucy Fielding-Johnson, who run the Pontispool Equine Sports Centre at Norton Fitzwarren.

United Services Club Members (8 runners) - 8 lengths, 6. Six minutes:12 secs

1. GOLD HEART (FR)N Pearce, 5-2

2. OSAKO D'AIRY (FR)Mrs A Rucker, 7-4JF

3. WHO ELSE KNEW (IRE)R Bliss, 7-4JF

Restricted (Div 1) (11 runners) - 2, 3. 6:10

1. CAPPOQUIN (IRE)R Mahon, 4-5F

2. LORD GOSHEN (IRE)R Shute, 16-1

3. LANCASTER SOUND (IRE)W White, 8-1

Restricted (Div 2) (10 runners) - 6, 4. 6:17

1. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCEJames Tudor, 1-2F

2. L'HOMME SAUVAGE (IRE)D Mansell, 12-1

3. NED THE POST (IRE)S Allwood, 5-1

Mixed Open (Coronation Gold Cup) (17 runners) - 1, 1/2. 6:05

1. COOMBE HILLMiss C Tizzard, 50-1

2. MUSTANGSALLYRALLY (IRE)N Williams, 12-1

3. DRYBROOK BEDOUINN Wilmington, 5-2JF

Intermediate (8 runners) - Hd, 1/2. 6:19

1. PEZREUIL (FR)R Mahon, 4-5F

2. MARANACH (IRE)D Mansell, 9-2

3. WALTER DE WODELANDJ Best, 4-1

Open Maiden (Div 1) 567&8yo (18 runners) - 3, 2. 6:11

1. GARTON KINGN Williams, 5-1

2. ALLERFORD JACKJames Tudor, 9-4JF

3. VINTAGE CLASS (IRE)S Allwood, 13-2

4. Open Maiden (Div 2) 567&8yo (16 runners) - 8, 10. 6:16

1. DOVECOTE WOODJames Tudor, 6-1

2. SKY HOLER Bandey, 10-1

3. LITTLE CHOICE (IRE)J Barnes, 33-1

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