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SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2002
by Pete Mansell
Two home bred horses from Roy Shails small family run stables
at Hollybush near Malvern proved the stars at Saturdays Harkaway Club
meeting at Chaddesley Corbett, with Rusty Fellow taking the Mens Open
while his half brother Maggies Brother took the Moderate.
The stable was under a cloud earlier in the season due to a
bout of coughing but these two victories indicate that problem has been
overcome. Rusty Fellows path to victory was undoubtedly eased when the
favourite Jalcanto parted company with Julian Pritchard at the 9th
after which Rusty Fellow had little difficulty sweeping aside Gentry's
Rusty Fellows victory provided a first win of the season for
his rider David Mansell but he was back in the winners enclosure 30
minutes later following Maggies Brother's success in the Moderate.
Mansell's mount swept into the lead turning into the home
straight and secured a 3-length advantage, which the favourite Upton
Adventure was incapable of reducing on the run to the line.
Tim Stephenson who trains at the opposite end of Castlemorton Common to Shail, took Division I of the 5, 6 & 7 year old Maiden with Alpenstock. The 6-year-old appeared to be going much better than his rivals at the 15th and that proved the case when Stephenson's partner took the lead at the third last and stayed on strongly to win by 10 lengths. Alpenstock carries the colours of his Chacely based owner Doug Wellon who purchased the ex-Henrietta Knight trained gelding at the Ascot Sales on the advice of her husband Terry Biddlecombe.