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SOUTH POOL HARRIERS
BUCKFASTLEIGH
20th February 2005
by Lee Glanville

Local horses were in form at a packed South Pool Harriers point to point on Sunday ­ Buckfastleigh-trained Sandy Duff powered back into the winners’ enclosure with an impressive performance in the ladies’ open for owner/rider Mary McCarthy. Sandy Duff is a big, strong horse and looks anything but an easy ride, but Mary, who scooped an armful of area awards last season, kept her cool to shake off the attentions of Perky’s Pride (Charlotte Tizzard) and Faith Again (Tanya Newman).

Gordon Chambers, also based near the course, got the meeting off on a winning note with the Exeter Racecourse Group’s Joli Christmas (Will White) in a hotly contested confined maiden for entire horses and geldings but Michael Holmes’s Axe Vale qualified Go Boy is a out and out stayer and got to within half a length at the line. The maiden restricted to mares only proved so popular it had to be divided on entry and one division was split again on the day ­ Langaller Stud standing in to put up the prize money for the extra race.

Division One was a comfortably win for the Bishop family’s Spanish Oath (Tim Bishop), a mare making her first return to the track after sustaining a tendon injury on her only run as a five year old. Things might have been different though if Leslie Jefford had managed to defy gravity on The Mead Partnership’s Trigger Mead. The pair were going strongly three out when a mistake saw Jefford virtually on the floor. He almost made it back in the saddle but had to give best to the ground.

Division Two part one saw victory for West Somerset Vale visitor Mollycarrs Gambul (A Michael), with La Senorita (Vanessa Shaw), owned and trained by Dartmoor hunt master and huntsman Mike Weir runner up. Part Two went to Miss Ziggerson (Sue Young) trained in Cornwall by Jackie Du Plessis.

A stewards’ enquiry - and objection from the connections of the runner up - followed the men’s open which saw Stone Valley (Andrew Glassonbury) pass the post in front. However, he was ruled to have caused serious interference to second horse Polar Flight (Richard Woollacott) before and after the last fence and the result was reversed.

Mandy Hand, who for many years had a stranglehold on ladies’ area riders’ title, was in fine form on new purchase Frontenac and took the second division of the Restricted from favourite Boddidley (Chloe Roddick). The first division had gone to the Harrison’s Alfora eight-year-old Itchen Mill and another flying the flag for the Portman hunt was Intermediate victor Mister Swallow (Michael Miller).

Clerk of the Course Michael Lethbridge almost had a home turf win ­ his By My Side (Colin Heard) was second, and ran prominently throughout.

Results

Confined maiden (horses and geldings): 1, Joli Christmas, W White; 2, Go Boy, M Holmes; 3, Wendy’s Dynamo, M Munrowd. 15 ran, 1/2l.2l, 6.18.

Intermediate: 1, Mister Swallow, M Miller; 2, By My Side, C Heard; 3, On His Toes, W White. 14 ran, 2l, 6l, 6.06.

Mare’s Only Maiden Division One: 1, Spanish Oath (T Bishop); 2, Rydon Brook, J Snowden; 3, Golden Spirit, R Green. 14 ran, 15l, 1l, 6.20.

Division Two part one: 1, Mollycarrs Gambul, A Michael; 2, Little Apple Bay, Miss S Gaisford; 3, Annie Dipper, T O’Brien. Nine ran, 8l, 10l, 6.20.

Part two: 1, Miss Ziggerson, Miss S Young; 2, La Senorita, Miss V Shaw; 3, Essex Bird, Liam Heard. Eight ran, 15l, 2l, 6.20.

Men’s Open: 1, Polar Flight, R Woollacott; 2, Stone Valley, A Glassonbury; 3, First Officer, T Dennis. 14 ran, 3/4l, 10l, 6.08. Stone Valley passed the post first but after a stewards enquiry the placings of the first two horses were reversed.

Restricted Div One: 1, Itchen Mill, D Jacob; 2, Askers Jack, J Snowden; 3, Ryders Hill, Miss V Shaw. 13 ran, 1l, 25l, 6.12.

Div Two: 1, Frontenac, Mrs M Hand; 2, Boddidley, Miss C Roddick; 3, Rogue River, T O’Brien.13 ran, 1l, 1/2l, 6.11.

Ladies’ Open: 1, Sandy Duff, Miss M McCarthy; 2, Perkys Pride, Miss C Tizzard; 3, Faith Again, Miss T Newman. Nine ran, 12l, 5l, 6.03.

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