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STEVENSTONE
VAUTERHILL, HIGH BICKINGTON
Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2005
by Lee Glanville

Jennifer Congdon and Guy Weatherley each rode a double at the Stevenstone point to point at Vauterhill on Bank Holiday Monday - the Congdon family training three winners in all.

Their band wagon got under way in the members where Jennifer had promised to give up the ride on Possible Pardon to her boyfriend Liam Burns. But when the lorry left their yard at Horwood near Barnstaple, his riders' permit had not come through from the Jockey Club, held up by Bank Holiday post. A spell on the computer located a Jockey Club official who traced it and phoned through permission to ride just before declarations closed.

Burns' first ride of the season was a winning one, Possible Pardon getting home five lengths ahead of Sanderstead - and in the end, denying Jennifer a treble! No one was more surprised than dad, trainer Andrew Congdon, when Bess Roberts' Chapners Cross (Jennifer Congdon) won the nine runner Intermediate. The horse has not been in form this season and was ridden just to complete the course, held up with the aid of a Dexter ring bit and visor! He jumped his way to the front on the last circuit to beat Caundle Chase (Will White) by three quarters of a length. "We always thought he wanted good ground not soft," Andrew said.

Jennifer doubled up on the same owner's The Quarry Man, in the first division of the maiden. He is an inexperienced horse who had been a good second at Ottery St Mary, before finding a two and a half mile maiden at Trebudannon far too quick.

The family thought they were on the way to a four timer as Oh So Naughty (Sue Young) was cruising only to tip up with a circuit to go in the second division of the maiden. He may run again at Holnicote on Saturday. Tony and Pauline Geering trained the winner, Vero Beach, ridden by Richard Darke.

Guy Weatherley took his area winners tally to 12 with a double, taking the two runner mixed open by a distance on Ballysicyos, and the Confined on the 15 year old Stepaside Boy. Stepaside Boy beat Horizon Hill (Liam Heard) who won his maiden on Saturday and stepped up two grades for this race.

Tim Dennis took the Restricted on Chester Charlie - the horse, by Un Desperado, has won twice and been third three times this season - but picked up a £65 fine from the stewards for his use of the whip.

Results

Members: 1, Possible Pardon, L Burns; 2, Sanderstead, L Heard'; 3, First Officer, T Dennis. Five ran, 5l, 12l, 6.43.

Restricted: 1, Chester Charlie, T Dennis; 2, O'Ech, I Chanin; 3, Joli Christmas, W White. Eight ran, 4l, 1l, 6.53.

Mixed open: 1, Ballysicyos, G Weatherley; 2, Province, W White. Two ran, dist, 6.47.

Confined: 1, Stepaside Boy, G Weatherley; 2, Horizon Hill, L Heard; 3, Maximus, D Wright.Six ran, 1l, 15l, 6.42.

Intermediate: 1, Chapners Cross, Miss J Congdon; 2, Caudle Chase, W White; 3, Barton Rose, I Chanin. Nine ran, 3/4l, 1/2l, 6.45.

Maiden Division One: 1, The Quarry Man, Miss J Congdon; 2, Charliebob, R Hawker; 3, Slippery Friend, R Darke. 11 ran, 4l, 6l, 6.47.

Division Two: 1, Vero Beach, R Darke; 2, High Rocker, L Heard; 3, Finbar, Miss L Gardner. 10 ran, 25l, 25l, 6.57.

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