ottery st mary
5th March 2005
by Lee Glanville
Galloping grey, Caspars Case, trained by Richard Barber at Seaborough near Beaminster led the men's open field from start to finish at the East Devon point to point, where a huge crowd enjoyed the best conditions for several years at the Est Devon point to point at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary.
Caspars Case was second on the course in 2004 and this time provided the trainer, and rider Nick Williams with the first leg of a second and third race double. They followed up with Spuddlers Dream in the Intermediate, where their challenger close home was Cornish trained Raregem, ridden by Will Biddick.
The class horse in the ladies' open shone through when Chloe Roddick produced Joyeax Royale, running in the Penny family's Earthmover colours, to take up the running on the final circuit, having been handily placed for most of the race. Sir D'Orton (Charlotte Tizzard) had cut out most of the pace and ran a good race to finish second.
Dominic Alers Hankey was another rider in double form. He took both divisions of the maiden races five six and seven year old horses. He deputised for the injured Lucy Gardner on Mighty Mack, trained by Gardner near Exeter, in the first division. In a close finish Mighty Mack got home by half a length from Knighton Combe (Jamie Snowden). Dominic followed up with the Tiverton-trained Dorans Girl in the second division, the mare leading the field throughout. More will follow from both second and third in this race - Simply Bruno (Richard Woollacott) and the five year old Mokujin (Nick Williams).
There were huge smiles from rider Naddan Wilmington and Dorset based trainer Ali Tory when Maybe A Double crossed the line in front in the Restricted.
The horse has a great jumping record, and has been no worse than fifth in six outings - since winning her maiden at this meeting last year.
Buckfastleigh trainer Gordon Chambers admitted to being a little disappointed with second placed On His Toes who rider Will White thought had felt a bit 'flat'.
The Heard family were out in force and their maroon and yellow colours were in the winners enclosure with Josanjamic. The horse, owned by Ken and John, and ridden by Liam, won Division One of the Restricted, benefiting when the Barber/Williams combination, almost home for the third leg of a treble with Smart Cavalier, capsized at the last. Josanjamic recorded a three length win over long time leader The Quarry Man (Jennifer Congdon) who should soon oblige in a maiden.
Rosie Clarke was having only her second ride in public in the members' race on Chris Down's Wait For This. She is head girl for the Cullompton trainer and put in a more than competent performance but was truly up against it as the winner was Polar Champ. Angie Malde's horse was recording his 26th victory, having won £95,000 when campaigning under rules for Martin Pipe.
Members: 1, Polar Champ, G Weatherley; 3, The Sovereign Man, S Kidstone; 2, Wait For This, Ms R Clarke. Five ran, 25l, 1 1/2l, 6.33.
Mens open: 1, Caspers Case,N Williams; 2, Highway Oak, L Jefford; 3, Stepaside Boy, G Weatherley. 12 ran, 4l, 7l, 6.19.
Intermediate: 1, Spuddlers Dream, N Williams; 2, Raregem, W Biddick; 3, Teddy Boy, R Woollacott. 13 ran, 1 1/2l, 20l, 6.17.
Ladies Open: 1, Joyeaux Royale, Miss C Roddick; 2, Sir D'Orton, Miss C Tizzard; 3, Satshoon, Miss S Derrick. 10 ran, 5l, 15l, 6.21.
Restricted Division One: 1, Josanjamic, L Heard; 2, The Quarry Man, Miss J Congdon; 3, Foston Second, Mr M Sweetland.11 ran, 2l, 2l, 6.35.
Div Two: 1, Maybe A Double, N Wilmington; 2, On His Toes, W White; 3, Lazy Lemon, S Wheeler. 10 ran, 3l, 5l, 6.37.
Eight Year old and over Maiden Div One: 1, Wendys Dynamo, M Munrowd; 2, Warren Hill, J O'Rourke; 3, Pharsu, J Snowden. 11 ran, 1/2l, 4l, 6.43.
Div Two: 1, Kingsmill Creek, T Dennis; 2, Cruisewell, J Snowden; 3, Moscow Fable, M Sweetland. 12 ran, 1/2l, 20l, 6.40.
Five, Six and Seven year olds Confined Maiden: 1, Mighty Mack, D Alers Hankey; 2, Knighton Combe, J Snowden; 3, Winters Beau, J Barnes. 12ran, 1/2l, 15l, 6.46.
Div Two: 1, Dorans Girl, D Alers Hankey; 2, Simply Bruno, R Woollacott; 3, Mokujin, N Williams. 1 1/2l, 4l, 6.35.