Excellent going at Cherrybroook
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:19 15 June 2010
EXCELLENT conditions under foot produced some competitive racing at the Spooners and West Dartmoor point-to-point meeting.
EXCELLENT conditions under foot produced some competitive racing at the Spooners and West Dartmoor point-to-point meeting held at Cherrybrook on Sunday.Organisers had worked hard to produce good going causing jockeys and trainers to be ready with their praise. "We came down at 6am this morning to walk the course and were more than happy with the ground so we went back home and brought the horses," said Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker who saddled Nobody Tells Me to win the McLaughlin Construction Mixed Open ridden by his partner Polly Gundry.The eight-year-old dived right at a couple of fences but Walker attributed this to the fact an old back problem may just be niggling the gelding who has won three times this season and finished twice in the placings."He may just have done enough now for the season, but we'll see how he is as there's a hunter chase at Cheltenham next week he could run in, or maybe at the evening meeting there," said Walker.Richard Woollacott kicked home a double initiated by Busy Buzzard in the ADS Southwest (LTD) Restricted and provided Gordon and Pat Eaton with their first ever winner in the process. There was a thrilling finish to the race with the top-of-the- ground loving Eternal Midnight gaining ground with every stride but just failing to win by a neck. Winning trainer Alan Walter said he purchased Busy Buzzard at Doncaster in December privately after he failed to sell in the ring. "His owners have had a really good run for their money and the plan was to win with him today," he said.Woollacott doubled up for the in-form training partnership of Tony and Pauline Geering who scored a seven length success with The Boss Roche in the Rock Inn Confined Race. The jockey said the horse is a hard-pulling type so he held him up and the tactic paid off.Dante's Back took the opening members' race for the third year in a row, and it's the second year his owner trainer Mandy Hand has been on board. She said it was the first time this season he had raced on the good ground he needs.Dan Ryan scored in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate with Lee Rowe on board, getting the better of Massini Man by two lengths. Second-placed jockey Lucy Gardner then scored in the following Langdon Transport Confined Hunts Maiden Race on Can't Call Her Trigger for Andrew Lapford, an engineer with Taw Valley Creamery who was enjoying his first success as a winner. Gardner said that the mare was no world beater but that she always tries.Madam Noso ran out the ready winner for the concluding maiden race, winning by 12 lengths with Ian Chanin in the plate for his trainer father Robert who was saddling his fourth successive winner in a row.The five-year-old was bred by her Dorset-based owner Sherilyn King.The Condy Mathias Hunt Race: Dante's Back (Mandy Hand) 1; Dutch Bill (Jimmy Cole) 2; Flinski (Lee Rowe) 3. 6l; 1 1/2l; 6.06.ADS Southwest (LTD) Restricted: Busy Buzzard (Richard Woollacott) 1; Eternal Midnight (Alice Mills) 2; Limehouse Lord (Ian Chanin) 3. Nk; 6l; 6.11.Rock Inn Confined Race: The Boss Roche (Richard Woollacott) 1; Lisheen Storm (Will Biddick) 2; Multeen Gunner (Lucy Gardner) 3. 7l; 1/2l; 6.05.The McLaughlin Construction Mixed Open: Nobody Tells Me (Polly Gundry) 1; Holly Walk (Jim Cole) 2; Knightsbridge Hill (Darren Edwards) 3. Nose; 12l; 6.12The Exeter Racecourse Intermediate: Dan Ryan (Lee Rowe) 1; Massini Man (Lucy Gardner) 2; Come What Augustus (Richard Woollacott) 3; 2l, 2l; 6.05.Langdon Transport Confined Hunts Maiden Race: Can't Call Her Trigger (Lucy Gardner) 1; Break The Ice (Lee Rowe) 2; Cullys Wood (Jimmy Cole) 3.8l, dist; 6.19.The Bowrish Equestrian Supplies Confined Hunts Maiden: Madam Noso (Ian Chanin) 1; Lucette Anie (Stuart Payne) 2; Praise Hymn (Ed Glassonbury) 3. 12l; 1 1/2l; 6.14.