PUBLISHED: 12:38 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010
Man From Highworth (David Bass) put up a superb performance to run away with the Coronation Gold Cup at Larkhill on Saturday.
The United Services at Larkhill - 9 February 2008Man From Highworth (David Bass) put up a superb performance to run away with the Coronation Gold Cup at Larkhill on Saturday. Faced by a top-class field, Man From Highworth cruised into the lead at the penultimate before sprinting eight lengths clear of Irilut, who stayed on for second ahead of last year's winner Alvino. Gaye Trigger - previously unbeaten in point-to-points - ran well to finish fourth, but Southwestern lost ground with a bad blunder at the second and was eventually pulled up by Neil Harris. Man From Highworth has now achieved the Cheltenham qualification and could follow Cavalero, who won this race in 1998 and the Christie's Foxhunter in 2000 for his Highworth owner-trainer John Manners. Lisadell King's Restricted win was his third Larkhill success this season for owner-rider Godfrey Maundrell. The eight-year-old again impressed, leading at halfway and easing clear of his rivals when asked three out. The win was also appropriate as the race commemorated Godfrey's cousin David Maundrell, who won divisions of the Coronation Gold Cup in 1966 (aboard Huckleberry Hound) and 1967 (on Lizzy The Lizard).Blue Magnum, who pulled up at the Army meeting, resumed winning ways when accounting for previously unbeaten pair Drybrook Bedouin and Shillingstone in the Intermediate. "He's a tall horse, 17hh plus whatever number you want to add on", said Sidmouth owner-trainer Stewart Pike. "We'll probably go novice hunter chasing now and I hope he might be good enough for the Christie's Foxhunter one day". Stewart's wife Monique was also on the Saturday scoresheet - she saddled Simon's Seat to win the South Devon Intermediate at Ideford Arch. Ryan Bliss got off the mark when Who Else Knew followed up his 2007 win in the opening Club Members' race. "I was a bit worried when he took the lead three out, but Ryan has given him a lovely ride", said Wincanton owner Bernard Pike.Niver Bai (Division I) and Pendoun (Division II) were impressive 25-length winners of the Maiden races. The former led coming up the hill and stormed clear to provide Paul Nicholls' employee Alastair Ralph with his first win of the season and seventh in all. "We weren't completely sure he would stay the trip, but he certainly has", explained Alastair's mother Diana, who bought the ex-Henrietta Knight hurdler privately from Trevor Hemmings in June. Polly Gundry went into double figures for the season aboard six-year-old debutant Pendoun, who forged further and further clear of his field. "[Owner] Sally [Alford] bought him as a yearling and turned him out into a field", said Polly's partner Ed Walker. "He's worked well at home, and we hoped he would win like that, but you never know until they run".
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