BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 3 MAY 2004
by Brian & Gill Armstrong
The Cotley Hunt held their annual point-to-point at Cotley
Farm on Bank Holiday Monday. A large crowd enjoyed a good day’s racing
which ended with a Charity Hound Race staged in aid of the Chard &
District Riding for the Disabled Association.
The opening Hunt race went to Knight Of Passion and Charlotte
Tizzard, who had the race in safekeeping when closest challenger Dale Creek
refused at the second last. Winner of the corresponding race in 1998, Knight
Of Passion is trained at Milborne Port by Charlotte’s father Alan for
Ilminster decorator Richard Crabb, who bought the horse privately as a
four-year-old. Knight Of Passion broke down in the 2000 Cheltenham
Foxhunters, but is a credit to his connections who nurse him along and may
aim him at this race again next season.
The Open Maiden race for 56&7yo was won by See More Fun
and Nick Williams who just held the late challenge of The Nelson Touch. See
More Fun is trained at South Barrow by Rosemary Vickery and carries the
familiar black and yellow “Tinotops” colours of Castle Cary owners
Raymond and Evelyn Targett who bought the horse from neighbour Chris Barber.
The Sally Alner-trained Unlimited Free made most of the
running to win the Mixed Open race under owner Dido Harding. Unlimited Free
- who ran here to fit in with Dido’s business schedule, which involves
regular travel to Asia – has now won three races this season and has
recovered well from a cut sustained when finishing ninth in the Liverpool
Foxhunters in April.
The Countryside Alliance Club Members race for 10yo&above
went to Lord Of The Mist who led four out for an easy success under Nick
Williams. Lord Of The Mist, who is trained at Seaborough by Richard Barber
for brother-in-law Peter Maltby, has now won five of his seven 2004 outings
and should be followed throughout the rest of the season.
The Restricted race was won by Captain Random who was in
command when closest challenger Harjach pulled up approaching the last.
Captain Random is trained at Bineham by rider Jane Reed who owns the horse
in partnership with Diana Bell of Long Sutton. Captain Random runs in the
familiar royal blue, red and gold colours carried with distinction by Mr
Golightly in the late 1990s.
Collier led throughout the final circuit to take the Open
Maiden race (8yo&above) to give Tincleton owner-rider Tim Atkinson his
first riding success since 1999. Tim will soon be leaving for a working
holiday in South Africa, so Collier may be for sale and, hopes trainer Sarah
Clarke, stay in her Milton Abbas yard.