Du Plessis double at BSV

PUBLISHED: 11:20 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:01 16 June 2010

Susannah Andrew rode her first-ever winner – at the first attempt – on Ask Again in the Hunt race at Charlton Horethorne on Sunday.

The Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt

at Charlton Horethorne - Sunday 7 March 2010

Susannah Andrew rode her first-ever winner - at the first attempt - on Ask Again in the Hunt race at Charlton Horethorne on Sunday. Trained by Sarah West, Ask Again led at the last and held Ryan Mahon's challenge on Cappoquin by 1/2 length, with Sarah back in third aboard Napolitain, writes Brian Armstrong. "I helped Sarah exercise her horses in exchange for this ride on Ask Again", explained Downhead-based Susannah, 29, who works for Paul Nicholls and rides Newbury winner and leading Grand National fancy Big Fella Thanks every day. "I've never had a chance to race ride before, but Andy Stewart has kindly given Nycteos to me, so hopefully I'll be back again next year".

Cornish trainer Jackie du Plessis reached the seven-winner mark - her best-ever score - with a double. Jayjay Valentine set a fast pace in the Restricted and just held Matt Griffiths' late challenge on Janet Ackner's King Of The Road. The win took jockey James Best's seasonal tally to five and left him jointly at the top of the National Novices' table. Walter De Wodeland gave a superb front running display and just lasted home in the Ladies' Open under Jo Buck. "He's a doubtful stayer but pulls quite strongly so we let him bowl along", explained Jackie. "He's certainly benefited from carrying the stone less in the Ladies' race".

Janet Ackner and Matt Griffiths gained compensation for King Of The Road's narrow defeat with Men's Open winner Tallow Bridge, who always looked the winner after Thisthatandtother (Jack Barber) and Silver Monarch (Will White) fell independently at the 12th. "He won four races from Bill Warner's yard, fell on his only outing for Heather Kemp, and I bought him for £880 at Ascot in July", said Janet, who is based at Exford as the Devon & Somerset Staghounds' stud groom.

Richard Barber kept up his tremendous run when sending out short-priced favourites Bless My Soul, Bold Chief and Sonofvic to win the three maiden contests. Bless My Soul had to be ridden out by Nick Williams after leading into the straight in the first 2m 4f contest. "He was looking at everything except the winning post, but Nick made up his mind for him", said Paul Barber, joint owner with Ron Hodges. Bold Chief, owned by Bill Dupont and alpaca breeder Carol Eyre, collared longtime leader Shooters Wood (Rob Lee) after the last in the second 2m 4f Maiden. Winning rider Ryan Mahon then doubled up when Sonofvic led over the last three fences in the 3m contest. "He's a full brother to Aiteen Thirtythree and Angela [Hart] bought him from the late Tom Costello as a three-year-old", said champion trainer Paul Nicholls, enjoying his day out at his local point-to-point.

Hunt Members (5 runners) - 1/2 length, 3. Six minutes:06 secs

1. ASK AGAINMiss S Andrew, 9-2

2. CAPPOQUIN (IRE)R Mahon, 7-4

3. NAPOLITAIN (FR)Miss S West, 12-1

Restricted (6 runners) - Nk, Dist. 6:01


2. KING OF THE ROADM Griffiths, 3-1

3. MY MINDS MAIDJ Barber, 7-2

Ladies Open (5 runners) - 1, 8. 6:02

1. WALTER DE WODELANDMiss J Buck, 33-1

2. COOMBE HILLMiss C Tizzard, 13-8

3. DOUBLE HONOUR (FR)Miss K Hobbs, 8-1

Mens Open (6 runners) - Dist, 3. 6:14

1. TALLOW BRIDGE (IRE)M Griffiths, 14-1

2. HAPPY SHOPPER (IRE)S Allwood, 14-1

3. GOBLET OF FIRE (USA)M Miller, 4-1

Open Maiden (Div 1) 456&7yo, 2m4f (10 runners) - 3, 4. 4:53

1. BLESS MY SOULN Williams, 5-4F


3. TAMATOWN (IRE)Miss J Buck, 12-1

Open Maiden (Div 2) 456&7yo, 2m4f (9 runners) - Nk, Dist. 4:49

1. BOLD CHIEF (IRE)R Mahon, 6-4F


3. SOLEIL RUSSEM Griffiths, 11-1

Open Maiden (13 runners) - 4, 1/2. 6:18

1. SONOFVIC (IRE)R Mahon, 4-6F

2. BURIED GOLDR Henderson, 25-1

3. RATEABLE VALUEMiss C Tizzard, 7-1

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