South Devon/East Cornwall point to point reports
CHILLING PLACE came down from the Bicester country to gain his Christie's Cheltenham Foxhunter qualification.
SOUTH DEVON POINT-TO-POINT REPORT - Saturday February 21Written by Granville TaylorCHILLING PLACE came down from the Bicester country to gain his Christie's Cheltenham Foxhunter qualification with a hard fought win over Xila Fontenailles in the Mixed Open. Owned by Mike Tuckey and ridden by his son Ben, Chilling Place was following up his North Norfolk Open win last month. "We will probably have a go at the Foxhunter now", commented the owner, who bought Chilling Place as an unbroken four-year-old and saw him win over hurdles and fences when trained for him by Philip Hobbs. Chilling Place just held the sustained challenge of the Chloe Newman trained Xila Fontenailles (Richard Woollacott) over the final two fences. The 32 year old rider went on to complete his first ever double when following up on six-year-old Dakota Boy in the Open Maiden, also owned and trained by his father near Bicester, Oxfordshire. Dakota Boy just had enough in reserve to withstand the challenge of Little Kimmie in the home straight. "I bought Dakota Boy from his breeder Frank Jarvey in Ireland and had him in training with Alex Hales last year", said the successful owner, adding that, "he had a wind operation after finishing runner up over hurdles at Southwell in April". The seven-year-old is a half brother to Widemouth Bay who won races for Henrietta Knight and was placed in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.Welsh challenger Alroyal also landed a family success when beating Quizzling in the Novice Riders' PPORA Club Members race. Formerly a winning hurdler, Alroyal was bought out of Charlie Mann's yard at Doncaster sales last August and is now owned and trained by Ian Prichard at Pontypridd. The ten-year-old was giving Ian's 17 year old son David the third winner of his career. David is taking "A" levels at nearby Pontyclun and had work experience last summer riding out for Paul Nicholls. "He rides Alroyal every day when he comes home from school", said David's mother.There was a massive upset in the two-runner Hunt race when 1-6 favourite Dare Too Dream was turned over by My Big Sister. A course winner last year, My Big Sister soon set up a big lead which her sole opponent never looked like pegging back .The ten-year-old mare, trained by Sue Berwick at North Bovey, was ridden by her owner Nicola Rovai, who was enjoying her first winner in the saddle. 28 year old Nicola works in NHS finance at Torbay hospital. "I often have to ride her out in the dark at 5.30am", said the winning jockey. Matako gave Suzy Berry her second winner of the season with a comfortable success in the two and a half miles maiden. A gift horse from former owner Peter Hart to current owner/trainer Pat Bryant, Matako has taken a while to settle in his races, but did little wrong on this occasion. "He got into a nice rhythm and the better ground was in his favour", commented the 22 year old rider.Mary Sanderson's Hollandia gave leading amateur Danny Cook another winner on his only ride of the day in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, jumping ahead of runner up King's Wood at the penultimate to score convincingly. "He could go hunter chasing and may be aimed at the Exeter Final", said the Tiverton based owner / trainer who takes her charge on a round trip of 14 miles every other day to the gallops.The Restricted produced the closest finish of the day with 16-1 outsider Kensal Cross (Will White) holding Steph's Dream (Richard Woollacott) by a head after this pair had raced locked together from the final fence. The winner, who was making his seasonal debut, was home bred by his owner/trainer Mike Trickey.RESULTS:Prestige Furniture Hunt race:1 My Big Sister (Miss N Rovai); 2 Dare Too Dream (N Harris); 2 ran; 25lengths; 6mins 35 secsDodson & Horrell PPORA Club Novice Riders': 1 Alroyal (D Prichard); 2 Quizzling (M Griffiths); 3 Hope Sound (R Spencer); 7 ran; 2l, 5l; 6m 27sSouth West Racing Club Open Maiden ( 2 miles and a half): 1 Matako (Miss S Berry); 2 Marquee (J Barnes); 3 Max's Choice (I Popham); 7 ran; 7l; 6l; 5m 20s Marksway Horsehage & Mollichaff Mixed Open: 1 Chilling Place (B Tuckey); 2 Xila Fontenailles (R Woollacott); 3 Mr Micky (J Barnes); 4 ran; 1l; dist; 6m 41sTate & Lyle Restricted: 1 Kensal Cross (W White); 2 Steph's Dream (R Woollacott); 3 Uncle Dan (Miss L Gardner); 8 ran; head; 7l; 6m 39sExeter Racecourse Intermediate: 1 Hollandia (D Cook); 2 King's Wood (D Edwards); 3 Lords Bridge (R Woollacott); 5 ran; 2 1/2 l; 15l; 6m 31sMartin Hill Racing Open Maiden: 1 Dakota Boy (B Tuckey); 2 Little Kimmie (J Barnes); 3 Roly Valley (R Woollacott); 1 1/2l; 8l; 6m 41s REPORT EAST CORNWALL AT GREAT TRETHEW, FEBRUARY 22Written by Lucy JohnsonBISHY Barnaby proved the most impressive winner at the East Cornwall point-to-point meeting at Great Trethew on Sunday where a huge crowd witnessed some potentially very bright prospects begin their racing careers.The Gordon Chambers' trained eight-year-old started a short odds favourite having gone down in plenty of notebooks following an eyecatching debut at Black Forest Lodge a few weeks previously and the ease of his win prompted winning jockey Ian Chanin to say: "It's definitely what you do it for. Gordon told me in October this was a good horse and having ridden him at Black Forest Lodge I wanted to ride him again."Chanin had a handful of rides at Barbury Castle but had opted to stick with the gelding and the decision paid off as he had the race in the bag and was walking back into the winners' enclosure while the remainder of the field were jumping the final fence.The gelding was purchased at Doncaster Sales in 2007 for Carl Firminger but spent last season on the sidelines with injury. The first of three open maidens went to the good looking Bafaluto who matched strides with the favourite Curly Quinn down the hill before the penultimate two fences and then pulled away after the last to win comfortably and keep up jockey Will Biddick's good run of form in the process. Pauline Geering, who trains the winner with her husband Tony, on Dartmoor said: "We bought this horse at Ascot Sales in November and he cost just 1,300gns. I thought he would run well but this is beyond my expectations and Will has given him a lovely ride."Danimix's good breeding prompted Lady Earle to purchase him as a yearling following Fairyhouse Sales and the ease of his win in the second maiden caused his rider/trainer Richard Woollacott to comment that he is one the nicest horses he has ever trained.Previously unraced he proved a natural over fences, taking up the lead over the last fence and pulling away for a length victory. "He's a real natural and although I'm not one to encourage my staff to bet, they all had a bit on him!" said Woollacott.Another Fairyhouse purchase was The Disnegager who won the third maiden far more comfortably than the winning margin suggests under Matt Griffiths. Keith Cumings, who trains him for Geoff Brown, admitted the five-year-old had only got his jumping together in the days running up the meeting but having schooled nicely on Thursday it was decided to run him.Ashley Farrant's good run of form continued when Tonic Du Charmil won the mixed open. Darren Edwards had a slight advantage over the last on the nine-year-old and pushed him on for a half length success.It was a terrific achievement for Farrant who said: "This horse has had everything wrong with it and has had a lot of time off but we've got there in the end." Farrant, who had a season to forget last year, added: "I've changed things a bit this year and we have about four or five good gallops we use and I also have three very good people working for me."Lucy Gardner took a pull approaching the final fence in the restricted and the decision paid off after she got a good jump out of Gemgablou and then out battled Murdol on the run in to win by half a length. Trained by her aunt Roma Cook, it was the mare's second success this season having scored at Wadebridge.Mandy Hand, the veteran of the changing room at 46 and another Dartmoor-based trainer, has lost none of her zest for the job and brought Paddy The Piper home the two length winner of the confined race despite shouldering 12st7lbs. He had pulled up on his previous run but Mandy explained: "He hung very badly last time so we put a pricker on him and it seemed to work."KIngsmill Lake who is trained near Saltash, was a warm order to win the opening members race for the third year in a row, and she duly did so in good style under Emily Noszkay who was wearing the colours of her trainer Jackie Du Plessis who owns the mare with her father David Du Plessis.The Cornish Times Members: Kingsmill Lake (Emily Noszkay) 1; Dan Ryan (Lee Rowe) 2; Nomad (Jo Buck) 3. Trainer: Miss J Du Plessis; Distances, 5l, 8l; Time 6.57The Duralock Open Maiden Div 1: Bafaluto (Will Biddick) 1; Red Mimi (Alice Mills) 2; Curly Quinn (D Edwards) 3. A&P Geering; 2l, 2l; 5.49.The Rising Sun Nurseries Open Maiden Div 2: Danimix (Richard Woollacott) 1; Violet Elizabeth (Rob Lee) 2; Barrel Rock (Mark Munrowd) 3. Richard Woollacott; 1l, hd; 5.51.The Group Travel Opem Maiden Div 3: The Disengager (Matt Griffiths) 1; My Nicole (Will Biddick) 2; Desert Well (Neil Harris) 3. Keith Cumings; 1l, 1; 5.49The Peake (GB) Mixed Open: Tonic Du Charmil (Darren Edwards) 1; Stone Valley (Tom Chanin) 2; Lisheen Storm (Richard Woollacott) 3. Ashley Farrant; 1/2;l; dist; 6.51The Jamaica Inn Confined Hunts Maiden: Bishy Barnaby (Ian Chanin) 1; Cantcallhertrigger (Lucy Gardner) 2; Jack Moon (Danny Cook) 3. Gordon Chambers; dist, dist; 6.56The Bee Bee gowns Restricted: Gemgablou (Lucy Gardner) 1;Murdol (Rob Lee) 2; Any Justice (Danny Cook) 3. Mrs Roma Cook; 1/2l, dist; 7.00.The Blackburn Metals Ltd Confined: Paddy The Piper (Mandy Hand) 1; Karinga Coin (Richard Darke) 2; Ellies Horse (Will Biddick) 3. Mandy Hand; 2l, 1l; 6.58.