Will Biddick enjoys hat-trick of wins in evening point-to-point meeting at Upcott Cross
PUBLISHED: 08:29 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 08 June 2018
A lovely, warm summer evening drew a good crowd to the Eggesford fixture at Upcott Cross, postponed from its original April date due to waterlogging, writes Granville Taylor.
Ironically the course had been watered this time.
After six successive National jockeys championships, Will Biddick will be handing over his title to Alex Edwards this year, but showed all his skills and determination in the saddle at Upcott Cross with a hat-trick.
Sixteen Letters initiated the Biddick treble with an easy Hunt race victory in the colours of John Symes. This tall, rangy gelding looks a nice prospect. He is in the care of rookie trainer Claire Harris, who holds the pointing licence for the Kayley Woollacott yard.
Biddick’s other winners were each saddled by Teresa Clark. Mistress Massini, bought from Teresa’s brother Anthony Honeyball, and scoring for the third time this season, made all the running to take the Mixed Open for the Culverwells Racing Club. The seven-year-old mare ran on gamely to hold strong finishing Beat The Tide by a fast diminishing neck.
Similar front running tactics paid off on Pancrace in the Open Maiden. This time the winning margin was 20 lengths on the hitherto disappointing seven-year-old, who put his jumping problems behind him in no uncertain terms. “He hardly jumped a fence and I had to pull him up at Trebudannon last time, but they have done a good job with him and he was foot perfect tonight,” said Biddick, who missed out on a four-timer when Justu finished runner up in the two and a half miles maiden.
Sweet Lady Jane travelled from South Wales to take this event under Byron Moorcroft. This consistent six-year-old mare, owned by the rider’s partner Georgia Kerneys and trained by Kieran Price, drew clear in the home straight to win comfortably.
Gowell was backed down to 5-4 favourite to give the Cowbridge based rider a double in the Restricted, but had to give best to front running Moonlight Flyer. This Camilla Scott trained six-year-old was quickly following up his recent Bratton Down success under a positive ride from Christopher Barber. The young rider, a grandson of legendary pointing trainer Richard Barber, was giving himself an early birthday present as he turns 21 in a few days time.
Josh Newman rode his 15th winner of the season in the Intermediate as Steel Brush found the better finishing pace to head Culverwell at the last after the latter had led from the 15th fence. “He has to be produced late,” remarked trainer Keith Cumings of the winner, a good looking nine-year-old owned by Diana and Maurice Scott.
River Myth was saddled by Stuart Sampson to win the concluding Confined. The Midnight Legend mare is not the easiest of rides, but has now scored three times in the last six weeks for jockey Darren Andrews. “We came here instead of a hunter chase at Stratford on Friday,” said Terry Hamlin, who owns the seven-year-old in conjunction with John Gardener.
Funniest sight of the hot evening: Will Biddick cooling himself off after his third winner by completely submerging himself in the water trough in the paddock used to cool off the horses...