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SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2002
by Fred Sampson
(of Equestrian Cornwall - http://www.equestriancornwall.co.uk)
This meeting is a long way up for the likes of us, so a
passport check up was required and as luck would have it, all details were
still in date. The one
o’clock start was in our favour as were the traffic friendly roads and
we set off about 8.30 and arrived to be first in the public car park. The thing that struck us was the friendly atmosphere that
abounded around us even before the off.
Great crowd of enthusiastic helpers, car park attendants left their
army uniforms at home, the Union flag was the correct way up, the course
was in ‘good’ condition and the weather, a bit blustery but we can
cope with that. Our first
visit to Little Windsor and we were impressed.
Thank you for parading your hounds for us, unfortunately a large
hail shower decided to pour down on the hounds and us but nevertheless it
was appreciated and a good gallop down the course was a lovely sight to
see plus what is not so common nowadays; the informative history of the
hunt was greeted with interest.
Some bad news did get passed on to me which dampened things a
little, which was the fact the JOHN ROBIN had suffered colic and did not
recover. He has taken some
money of mine because he has only managed seconds up to now but I was sure
he was going to win soon and not doubt so was Mr Sweetland.
The John Bright Fencing Maiden Race was confined to 5,6 and 7
year olds and was set up for 2 1/2 miles and 13 went to post.
Mr & Mrs Tory’s ENOCH (Emma Tory) was a little better than on
his pointing debut but unseated Emma quite early in the race.
The blinkered Mr S Stacey & Mr N Maynard’s MRS PEGGOTY (C
Tizzard) was my choice but I had to be content with watching her maintain
a good place throughout most of the race but not enough to trouble the
jointly owned ABLINGTON DOWN (L Jefford), with Polly Gundry on Countess
Goess-Saurau’s THE KING’S FLING two lengths away in second and only a
neck ahead of R Alner’s FAIR SPRITE (R Young).
I thought this was a good race for these young maidens but the time
of 5m 39 seconds told me that this was perhaps a little stiffer course
than it looks.
On next to the Seavington Hunt Members’, Subscribers’ and
Farmers’ Race sponsored by The Southern Counties Fresh Foods Ltd.
Four go to post and it is here I can, well, not necessarily make a
fortune but I will definitely pay for the petrol.
Mr G Slater’s WILD NATIVE (Miss T Newman) will carry all the
money I made at a recent car boot when I sold the artefacts that Ruth will
not miss, at least for a couple of months, and by then it will either have
been lost to the bookies or doubled and bought something for me!
Probably a little bit of Guinness memorabilia!
My choice was in a good position on passing me for the first time
with two complete circuits to go, just taking his time on the heels or
even better, maybe upsides, of W Proctor’s COOL CHARACTER.
I am impressed! The
others are close behind. At the second of the ditches the order was COOL
CHARACTER, WILD NATIVE followed closely by R Buckler’s THE MASTER’S
CHOICE (O Nelmes) and G Foot’s FRANKLIN’S BEST (N Mitchell).
This is just the job, I like winning my money this way!
Out into the country for the final circuit.
COOL CHARACTER found this pace a little too hot for him and dropped
back considerably whilst my ‘good thing’ continued well in control in
first place. On travelling through the starting area for the final time my
horse was travelling well followed by THE MASTER’S CHOICE and
FRANKLIN’S BEST with COOL CHARACTER now some way behind.
I now move into a cheering position as I don’t want to drown the
recorder, so I move behind someone else’s Chelsea Chariot (most
up-to-date name for a 4 x 4!) as I could always apologies afterwards.
This was the order at the final open ditch when THE MASTER’S
CHOICE decided he had had enough and fell.
One has a habit of saying ‘Oh! bad luck! with a grin, when
finance is involved, I didn’t - or did I?
Penultimate fence my WILD NATIVE, final fence my WILD NATIVE and
the race to the line was when it all crumpled – Mr N Mitchell rode out a
finish and managed to get less than a neck in front of Miss Newman.
No one consoles you; Ruth is always polite, but why laugh!
Your friends always say –“Had that one, did you?” and how
they love it when you say “No”. Further
more they don’t even listen to your hard luck story. Ah well, it just
means another car boot very soon!
The Samways Fish Merchants & International Transporters
Open Maiden Race was split into two divisions with ten runners in each.
The first division was won easily by Mr G Keirie’s EVEN MORE (R
Young) with Mrs S King’s GET A MAN (N Mitchell) and Mr & Mrs
Doggrell’s CAUNDLE CHASE (G Edwards) bringing up the minor placings.
The second division was also won by a large margin by Mr Powell’s
MY MAN TIM (C Williams), another one of these – ‘Has no known recent
assessable form’ – I wonder why they buy these horses with NO form!
Well he has form now- 20 lengths of form.
Richard Woollacott raced home C J & G Jeyes’s EXMOOR FOREST
to take second place just half a length better than the Froud Family’s
BRUE HOUND BOY, daddy, BREWERY BOY would be pleased with this performance.
Only three finished in both these divisions so it is a little
tougher than I thought and the times are in the 6 minute 50 area when
tomorrow I will expect Black Forest Lodge to be in the 6 minute 20 area.
Next came the Men’s Open Race. As ELLIEWELLIEWOO didn’t run in ‘The Members’ at Ottery
this will be easier for her so I don’t think I will visit the bookies,
as the price will be out of my reach.
The opposition should come from C Fox’s RED BROOK LAD (N
Mitchell) but although this horse is appearing to be very consistent I
don’t think he will bother ‘EllyWelly’.
Les Jefford had a comfortable ride on EllyWelly and came home 20
lengths to the good in the fastest time of the day, without breaking
sweat. Gosh! Doesn’t this
horse look well. If anyone
has any idea of her future programme please let me know as when racing it
is a very enjoyable sight.
I will stake the remaining of my
hard earned income on the winner of The Gerrard Ladies’ Open Race.
Yes all of it. Mr Rogers’s NODDADANTE was my investment last week, when I
reported that he had walked home with possibly ‘a leg’- well if he did
it is repaired very quickly and here he is having another go.
He was also reported as tired last week, well he had a week to
catch up on his sleep so maybe this is his turn but not for me. The Hon
Dido Harding is still enjoying her horse CARDINAL GAYLE and this horse is
not out of it either. What
about the front running grey Mr J Elliott’s CALDAMUS (A Goschen), no not
for me I am going for the horse that won in 2000 – Mr D Shone’s
DANNICUS ridden by the top lady jockey, Polly Gundry.
Whilst CALDAMUS did not let up being a threat to my investment, it
was Polly who brought DANNICUS home to a 2½ length win, followed by
CALDAMUS and the lovely CARDINAL GAYLE back in third place.
Money in the pocket again, this is a lovely place!
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA
Novice Riders’ Race brought 8 to the start and it was a well-contested
race. Ruth enjoyed it
immensely as the money she had saved by winning a bottle of whisky (my
money really!) was on the back of Mrs Walter’s FUNNY FARM (L Hawkins)
and this was the one which came past the post first by four lengths from J
Boulter & Miss F Wilkins’s WHISPERING PINES (T Clarke) with Markus
Goess-Saurau’s STORM FORECAST a further eight lengths back in third
place. So now we both have
some money. If Miss Lyn
Hawkins would like to hear the voices of her supporters, besides Ruth’s,
on tape just contact me. The
commentator was drowned by the shrieks and screams of ‘come on Lyn!'.
Some people got very rich on the
result of the last race – not me! The
winner could be punted on with prices anything from 20-1 down.
Mrs G Andrews’s BUCKLOCK, well ridden by Greg Richards came home
a winner by six lengths having seldom been out of the first three.
This horse was reported as having a saddle slip at Buckfastleigh
when he was expected to do well but nothing slipped in this race and he
did the job superbly. The
Tory family’s BARDON BOY (second) ran well as did Mr Pipe’s JUVANTIQUE
(third) but on the day it was all BUCKLOCK and he showed how easy it was
to create many smiling faces. I
do believe Mrs Andrews, the owner is some relation to Mr Andrews, the
gentleman who relieved me of some well-earned cash a few weeks ago –
yes! He’s a bookmaker -
A great day, blustery conditions,
some heavy showers but none of it dampened the spirits of Point to
Pointers. Pack up electric
kettle, (the primus could not stand the wind,) and off to B & B near
Black Forest Lodge for tomorrow’s 12 o’clock start.
More good Pointing envisaged!