Karinga is Woollacott's 200th winner
PUBLISHED: 12:41 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 14:00 09 August 2010
Richard Woollacott achieved a major career milestone when riding the 200th winner of his point-to-point career aboard Karinga Coin at Stafford Cross, writes Brian Armstrong.
The Cotley Hunt at Stafford Cross
Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2010
Richard Woollacott achieved a major career milestone when riding the 200th winner of his point-to-point career aboard Karinga Coin at Stafford Cross. Held up in rear for the first circuit, Karinga Coin took closer order down the back straight and readily forged clear of his Club Members' Race rivals over the last two fences. "He fell here eight days ago, so we rode him patiently to get into a nice rhythm", explained owner-trainer Edward Darke, who was proud to have provided Richard's 200th success.
The win completed a double for Richard after Whizzaar's facile Hunt success, which left owners John and Floss Symes contemplating a quick reappearance at Cheltenham's Wednesday Hunter Chase evening meeting.
Sericina could be Stratford-bound after an equally emphatic win in the Mixed Open under trainer, Chloe Roddick. "She fell in the Christies' Foxhunter and wasn't herself when subsequently beaten at Taunton, so this was a prep race for Stratford's John Corbett Cup, although there must be cut in the ground", said owner, Mike Sheppard, Joint Master of the Mendip Farmers.
Matt Griffiths deputised on two Maiden race winners for owner/trainer Lucy Gardner, who was sidelined following a Newton Abbot fall on Friday. Matt led off with 2m4f Maiden winner Mickytaker, although Aironageestring (Chloe Roddick) held a narrow advantage when sprawling on landing at the last. "He was bought privately in Ireland last summer via Micky Kierrens, after whom he is named", explained Lucy. "We'll try to get him into the Doncaster May Sales catalogue now".
Matt and Lucy doubled up when Flying Award sauntered 10 lengths clear of his closest pursuers in the 3-mile event. "We paid £10,000 at Ascot for him two years ago, which is a lot for us, so you can see what we think of him", said Lucy. "Like all our horses, he's for sale as well and we might try the Doncaster route".
Karshaan made a winning debut for Bradford Peverell trainer Peter Shaw and his syndicate of greyhound owners in the Restricted. The winner made much of the running under Sam Allwood and eased clear after Ryan Mahon brought favourite Bold Chief through to challenge in the straight. "Sam recommended him to us via Jonathan Jarrett eight weeks ago", explained syndicate head Andy Ross. "He's been going well at home and schooled half a circuit of Littlewindsor under my son, George, on Monday, but you don't really know until they actually run in a race", added Peter.
Hunt members: 1, Whizzaar, R Woollacott; 2, Quotation Mark, M Legg. Two ran, 5l. CA Club Members; 1, Karinga Coin, r Woollacott 6-4f; 2, Vigzol, T Chanin, 7-4; 3, King's Bitter, S Allwood 9-2. Six ran, 7l, 3l, 6.07.Open Maiden 4,5,6yo 2.5m: 1, Mickytaker, M Griffiths 16-1 ; 2, Flanshan, R Mahon 10-1; 3, Aironageestring, Miss C Roddick 5-4f 3l, 3l, 5.07. Mixed Open: 1, Sericina, Miss C Roddick 1-4f; 2, Lisheen Storm 7-2; 3, Querido, R Mahon, 8-1. Three ran, dist, 8l, 6.02. Restricted: 1, Karshaan, S Allwood 7-1; 2, Bold Chief, R Mahon, 5-4f; 3, King of the Road, M Griffiths 11-1. Nine ran, 5l, 3/4l, 6.07. Open Maiden: 1, Flying Award, M Griffiths 6-4f; 2, Entering the Light, R Mahon; 3, Siberian High, M Legg 20-1. 10l, 20l 6.09.