SUNDAY 8 JUNE 2003
by Lee Glanville
Sir Dante, owned by Simon Claisse and Lucy Brack took the Mixed Open at
Bratton Down where the Tiverton Staghounds held their point to point races
on Sunday. Fred Hutsby was on board and won virtually as he liked once
Cornish hot shot Kestick had fallen. His pilot, top lady rider Tabitha Cave, has been riding brilliantly this
season and was soon back in the winners' enclosure on Oliver Carter's Vague Idea who claimed the scalp of Bill Me Up. Vague Idea ran out with Tabitha when in the lead at Mounsey Hill Gate, but she gave him a strong ride here to beat national young horse award winner Bill Me Up (Colin Heard).
Polly Gundry rode a double, What A Mover and Hottentot. Happy Team (Les Jefford) looked the winner in the Intermediate but faded close home as What A Mover pounced.
Andrew Glassonbury was second in Hottentot's race, the Restricted, on Mark Treneer's Itworked, but went one better on the same owner's Tabernacle in the second division of the maiden.
Lucy Gardner won the first division aboard Krystal Tip. The Ashley Farrant-trained All Sewn Up (Richard Woollacott) was heavily backed but faded up the final hill.
Mark Heuff was denied his second win of the season on Aller Coombe when the
horse lost his race when dwelling at the start. He was unable to peg back the disadvantage but finished 10 lengths second to Uncle James (Lyn
A good crowd turned out for this, the first Sunday meeting at the track, even though the weather had a distinctly winterish feel for June!
Intermediate: 1, What A Mover, Miss P Gundry; 2, Happy Team, L Jefford; 3,
Mixed Open: 1, Sir Dante, F Hutsby; 2, Cherokee Run, Miss C Tizzard; 3,
Confined: 1, Vague Idea, Miss T Cave; 2, Bill Me Up, C Heard; 3, Tale
Restricted: 1, Hottentot, Miss P Gundry; 2m, Itworked, A Glassonbury; 3,
Maiden Div One: 1, Krystal Tip, Miss L Gardner; 2, Iron Buck, G Barfoot
Div Two: 1, Tabernacle, A Glassonbury; 2, Morchard Mill, M Woodward; 3,