BISHOPS COURT, OTTERY ST MARY
SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2004
by Lee Glanville
A marathon day at Bishops Court saw 146 horses contest 12
races, with three horses balloted out of the later maiden races to avoid
further divisions and beat the dusk deadline.
There were doubles for riders Ashley Farrant, Godfrey
Maundrell (who also owned and trained his winners), Nick Williams and Jamie
Snowden, trainer David Pipe; and a treble for Dorset trainer Richard Barber.
The much anticipated duel in the menís open between
Oneminutetofive and Right To Reply fizzled out when the latter unshipped his
jockey four fences from home, when many thought he was going the betterr.
Eventual second Mouseski (Nick
Williams) ran well but was never in a position to challenge Farrant on the
There was a close race for the 13 runner ladiesí open which
saw Ease the Pressure (Rachel Green) just get home ahead of Emma Tory on
Wink and Whisper. This was the first of the Barber treble, the others being
Combat Drinker, winner of the Maiden Division Two part one under Nick
Williams, and Lord Anner, also ridden by Williams, to take Division Three of
the maiden. Barber was close to having a great day - he and Williams took second
in three other races.
One of those was in the confined which saw a terrific front
running performance from Roger Oliverís blinkered Ronanís Choice
(Richard Darke).ĒHe just kept on finding more every time someone came up
to challenge,Ē Darke said. By
coincidence, best turned out judge for the day, Kathy Stuart, had originally
bought the horse from the sales to go national hunt racing, selling him on
when he didnít make the grade.
Jamie Snowden experienced the highs and the lows of racing.
He rode a double on James Drummondís Out the Black, trained by Caroline
Keevil, in the Intermediate and Gill
Greenwoodís Wayward Spree, in Division Two part two of the maiden, but
lost his own horse Withycombe, also trained by Philip Greenwood,
which collapsed and died from a heart attack after finishing third in
the Restricted Division Two.
Another owner , trainer and jockey to undergo the same
rollercoaster ride was Brian Kilpatrick, David Pipe and Ashley Farrant, who
having won the menís open, lost Heliotrope in the last race of the day.
Results: Members: 1, Vivid Imagination, A Farrant; 2,
Norlandic, L Jefford; 3, Lazy Lemon, Lt C Llewellin. Five ran, 28l, 15l,
Menís Open: 1, Oneminutetofive, A Farrant; 2, Mouseski, N
Williams; 3, Cool Wager, D Edwards. 10 ran, 20l, 20l, 6.05.
Confined Hunts: 1, Ronanís Choice, R Darke; 2, Caspers
Case, N Williams; 3, Sir DíOrton, Miss C Tizzard. 11 ran, 4l, 5l, 6.09.
Intermediate: 1, Out The Black, J Snowden; 2, By My Side, A
Charles Jones; 3, Bak on Board, Miss L Gardner. 14 ran, 6l, 8l, 6.08.
Ladiesí Open: 1, Ease The Pressure, Miss R Green; 2, Wink
and Whisper, Miss E Tory; 3, Beadnell Bay, Miss A Goschen. 13 ran, 1l, 2l,
Restricted Division One: 1, Sea Snipe, Miss T Cave; 2, Sutton
Courtenay, T Davey; 3, State Medlar, R Woollacott. 15 ran, 4l, 1l, 6.17.
Division Two: 1, Rhythm King, G Maundrell; 2, I Am Said I, A Farrant; 3, Withycombe, J Snowden. 12 ran, 1l, dist, 6.18.
Maiden Division one: 1, Headwrecker, G Maundrell; 2, Wild Chimes, N Williams; 3, Nearly a Mildred, Miss A Goschen. 14 ran, 2l, 15l, 6.24.
Division Two part one: 1, Combat Drinker, N Williams; 2, Flo
Keen, J Snowden; 3, Hayling Star, M Sweetland. Nine ran, dist, dist, 6.33.
Part two: 1, Wayward Spree, J Snowden; 2, Four of a Kind, R
Darke; 3, Off The Hook, I Hambley. Nine ran, 10l, 4l, 6.32.
Maiden Division Three: 1, Lord Anner, N Williams; 2, Zakley,
C Heard; 3, Smokey Joe, C Heywood. 17 ran, 25l, 1l, 6.20.
Division Four: 1, Maybe A Double, R Bliss; 2, Virginos Bambino, A Charles Jones; 3, Rio Pops, Miss A Goschen. 17 ran, dist, 20l, 6.20