Turthen returns to Cheltenham

Turthen, runner-up to Cappa Bleu in the 2009 Christies Foxhunter, will return to Cheltenham on March 19th after Sunday s impressive South Dorset Ladies Open win at Millborne St Andrew, writes Brian Armstrong.

Turthen, runner-up to Cappa Bleu in the 2009 Christies' Foxhunter, will return to Cheltenham on March 19th after Sunday's impressive South Dorset Ladies Open win at Millborne St Andrew, writes Brian Armstrong.

. Jo Buck set a true test on Jackie du Plessis' Cornish raider Kingsmill Lake and still led over the second last, but Charlotte Tizzard was merely biding her time on the 4/7 favourite, who sprinted 10 lengths clear. Turthen had been surprisingly beaten by the du Plessis' mare Theatre Diva at the Royal Artillery meeting in January. "He'd been held up in his work before Larkhill and has been since, but Larkhill may be too sharp a course for him now", thought Askerswell owner-trainer Charlie Fox.

Jack Barber took the riding honours with his first-ever double. Thisthatandtother, trained by his grandfather, Richard Barber, led for most of the final circuit in the Men's Open. Jack doubled up when Different Trades collared Round Tom - another of his grandfather's inmates - after the last in Maiden Division 1. "I bought Different Trades privately from Michael Hourigan in the autumn", explained Henley owner-trainer Bob Buckler, enjoying his day's pointing after Niche Market's narrow Newbury defeat the previous day.

Hardington Mandeville trainer Ben White and Woolland jockey Michael Miller got off the mark with patiently ridden Restricted winner Hollow Star, who jumped the last upsides runner-up King Of The Road (Tom Cheesman). "Michael did a perfect job holding him up to get the trip", said Ben, who trains the ex-Paul Nicholls trained horse for a five-strong local syndicate.

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Rupert Tory rode his fifth South Dorset Hunt race winner on Gunner Be Quick, who stayed on strongly despite a bad blunder at the third last. Owned and trained at Winterborne Whitechurch by Rupert's parents, Norman and Monica, Gunner Be Quick was bought to replace Bush Park, who was retired after winning the race three times. "We put a 'Horse Wanted' ad in the Racing Post and Sheila Crow replied with Gunner Be Quick", explained Monica. "We're getting him to know him, but we already know that he's ideal for us".

Amy Derham, 19, sporting Clive Smith's Kauto Star colours, made a winning debut on Royal Auclair in the Novice Riders' race. Trained at Wellow by Chloe Roddick, Royal Auclair disputed throughout with McSolo and held off his rival despite jockey Richard Hawkins' determined efforts. Amy, who is taking a one-year Chemistry A'Level course at Castle School, Thornbury, prior to attending Veterinary School, will be back on board Royal Auclair in the Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt race.

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Devon & Cornwall stables took the remaining two races, beginning with Jackie du Plessis' homebred 2m 4f maiden winner St Georgina. A second career winner for James Best - just 24 hours after his first - St Georgina had unseated at the third at Larkhill in January. "It was a long day with several divisions and she got gee'd up in the lorry park and jumped like a maniac", explained Jackie. "We deliberately entered for the first race today and timed our [three hour plus] journey [from Saltash] to arrive as late as possible".

Polly Gundry moved to within three of Alison Dare's all-time 287-winner record on Maiden Division 2 winner Tom Bach, whose joint-owners, "The Otters Club", looked ready for some serious celebrations.

Open Maiden 456&7yo, 2m4f (14 runners) - 5 lengths, 15. Five minutes:30 secs

1. ST GEORGINA J Best, 3-1

2. SHOOTERS WOOD (IRE) R Lee, 14-1

3. FAMILY GUY (IRE) R Mahon, 6-1

Hunt Members (5 runners) - 3/4, 15. 6:35


2. TRICKY TANGLER (IRE) D Drake, 10-1

3. BARTON HILL N Wilmington, 7-1

Restricted (6 runners) - 11/2, 12. 6:39

1. HOLLOW STAR (IRE) M Miller, 7-2

2. KING OF THE ROAD T Cheesman, 2-1

3. RIGHTEOUS GLORY (IRE) Miss P Gundry, 10-1

Ladies Open (8 runners) - 10, 5. 6:20

1. TURTHEN (FR) Miss C Tizzard, 4-7F

2. KINGSMILL LAKE Miss J Buck, 5-1

3. ASK AGAIN Miss S West, 9-2

Mens Open (8 runners) - 12, 4. 6:31


2. VIGZOL T Chanin, 7-1

3. LORD KILLESHANRA (IRE) R Henderson, 4-1

CA Club Members (Nov Rdrs) (9 runners) - 6, 15. 6:27

1. ROYAL AUCLAIR (FR) Miss A Derham, 7-2

2. MCSOLO R Hawkins, 6-1

3. SPUDDLER'S DREAM J Ridley, 6-4F

Open Maiden (Div 1) (11 runners) - 21/2, 6. 6:32


2. ROUND TOM (FR) R Mahon, 2-1F

3. DELTA BORGET (FR) Miss J Buck, 14-1

Open Maiden (Div 2) (11 runners) - 5, 5. 6:38

1. TOM BACH (IRE) Miss P Gundry, 11-2

2. HOW ARE YOU GOING (IRE) M Miller, 10-1

3. MAD KING OSKAR (IRE) R Mahon, 4-6F

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