Monday 30th May 2005
by Lee Glanville
Racegoers basked in the sunshine at the South Tetcott meeting on Bank holiday Monday at Lifton, where there was plenty of action to keep them on their toes. Odds on favourite in the ladies' race, Hasten Bak, planted himself at the start and didn't take any part in the race, and men's championship leader Richard Woollacott took a bad fall in the Restricted from Here's To Lucy, which is likely to put him out for the rest of the season.
It was ladies' in the first three places in the opening confined race which saw Vanessa Shaw on Mike Weir's Teninarow lower Possible Pardon's colours.
The Laura Young trained Quetal bounced back to form with a win in the men's open under Neil Harris. Gardie Grissell made the long trip down from Sussex, and one of the two horses on board his lorry, Lord Euro, gave Hannah Grissell a great ride in the ladies' race. He was held up for two circuits before making a smooth move up through the field five from home. But a mistake knocked the stuffing out of him and Mystic Warrior (Tabitha Cave) pounced to record the horse's fourth win of the season.
Indian Raider (Will Biddick) and Nditlir (C Heard) had to be split by the judge in the Restricted, the former getting the verdict. Biddick, this time on Coral Bay, was denied a double by the out and out stayer Slippery Friend (Richard Darke) in the open maiden. The firm ground suited River Dante who skipped round in the Intermediate under Saul Kidston.
Confined: 1, Teninarow, Miss V Shaw; 2, Possible Pardon, Miss J Congdon; 3, Its Not Simple, Miss E Kennan. Seven ran, 10l, dist, 6.04.
Men's Open: 1, Quetal, N Harris; 2, Frankly Fear, W Biddick. Three ran, only two finished. Dist. 6.02.
Ladies' Open: 1, Mystic Warrior,Miss T Cave; 2, Lord Euro, Miss H Grissell; 3, Khayal, Miss R Green. Five ran, 10l, 25l, 5.59.
Restricted: 1, Indian Raider, W Biddick; 2, Nditlir, C Heard; 3, Vitinsel, Miss C Tizzard. Seven ran, 1l, 10l, 6.16.
Intermediate: 1, River Dante, S Kidston; 2, Emali, W White; 3, Gunners Mistake, D Edwards. Six ran, 5l, 15l, 6.11.
Open Maiden: 1, Slippery Friend, R Darke; 2, Coral Bay, W Biddick; 3, Contrary King, M Woodward. 11 ran, 3l, 6l, 6.12.