Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2005
by Liam Hale
Hitchings and Hobbs initiative a local treble
Andy Hobbs, who handed in his professional license at the end of last season, celebrated a short priced treble courtesy of Hanley Swan based Clive Hitchings, his main yard provider, with three promising horses which could give Andy Hobbs his desired embryonic chasers for the future.
The Brooklet (Julian Pritchard), a recent course winner, provided the first leg of the treble easing clear of Beyond the Stars (Emma Phillips) in the hunt members. Springbrook Girl (Adrian Wintle) eased clear four out in the Countrywide Stores Intermediate and looks like a horse to follow know that the ground has come good for the well constructed but small Alderbrook mare.
A double for Adrian Wintle soon followed aboard the very promising Saint Reverien, gaining an easy first open success and at six looking to have a very bright future.
The French bred Saint Reverien had a big ego when first arriving in Britain with Ian Williams and possibly now will be able to show his true colours under rules at the end of this successful seasons pointing.
A great day for Hitchings and Hobbs who stole the show and both seem to have reaped the benefits from supporting the point-to-point field.
Claire Allen and Dick Baimbridge kept the bandwagon rolling with an easy winner in Father Tom in the novice riders race, who was always travelling strongly and sprinted away from Gentle Rivage after the last.
Claire looked extremely confident throughout and always had Father Tom on the bridle and interested in his racing to register another winner for the year. The winner even though eleven looks another progressive Baimbridge horse this term and Claire Allen, confident as ever, looks a future star in the saddle. The second horse, and ex- Nigel Twiston Davies horse, looks capable of picking up future prizes in the future.
The commentator in the Restricted had great trouble getting to grips, like so many others, with the pronunciation of the eventual front running winner Finne Gaothe. The winner, ridden by Scott Joynes, led at nearly every fence where he jumped for fun and he finished two and a half lengths too good for the fast finishing Favourite Chateau Burf (Liam Payter), who had already shown progressive form in 2005. Finne Gaothe had shown little in three runs after a 2003 maiden win and this unexpected win showed the Caroline Chadney gelding in good light and provides him with a future platform to build upon.
The older division of the maiden provided Jeremy Mahot with his first career success on Diamond Alpha who sprinted twenty lengths clear of the only other finisher, and joint favourite with the winner, Bob Nickel and Belinda Keighley. The winner had ran well the last twice in defeat and took advantage of a weak maiden under the jubilant Jeremy Mahot who waved his whip with excitement after returning to the loudest reception of the day.
Tigger (Jonathon) Barnes made his journey from Dorset a successful one in the younger horses maiden aboard Money Crazy. Tigger, unsuccessful in a follow up win in the mixed open aboard second placed ex-eventer Le Cure, had the gelding prominent throughout and ran on well to win by four lengths when joined by two pursuers three out. Both placed horses Regal Storm (Geoff Barfoot- Saunt), unlucky at the last Maisemore meeting, and the first time out Mid Div and Creep (Nick Pearce) are both capable of picking up a race this term after promising runs. The winner an ex- Ian Williams inmate, like Saint Reverien, looks capable of progressing after showing determination to hold of all challengers.
One to Follow: Saint Reverien
Future maiden winners: Regal Storm, Mid Div and Creep