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CURRE AND LLANGIBBY
HOWICK
19th March 2005
by Colin Cross

Going – Good

Once the morning mist cleared we were treated to a marvellous spring day for the second Curre and Llangibby meeting at Howick.

James Tudor took the riding honours with his first treble on To The Top, Unmistakably and Merry Path.

To the Top, second at the previous Howick meeting, was not extended to land the Restricted race by 12 lengths from Johnsair with Whats Up Jake third.

Unmistakably followed up his Mens Open win at Cilwendeg last weekend with a facile victory in the Confined race from St Helier and Hee’s a Dancer. The winner never came out of second gear and is likely to make his mark in considerably better quality races later on.

Unmistakably’s stable companion Merry Path won the Men’s Open without turning a hair from Velmez and Coldabri, distances 8 lengths and ½ length.

Laurel Seeker and Fiona Wilson made virtually all the running to land quite a competitive Ladies Open from Do it Once and Camden Caramel. Their task was made easier by the departure of market principals Joyeux Royale and Hescondido on the second circuit.

Boobee was the third leg of a treble for Cath Williams after Unmistakably and Merry Path when landing the first division of the Confined Maiden in a canter from Highway Robbery and Kings Euro. The winner who cost only 1500 guineas at Doncaster Sales last May did not ruffle too many feathers when racing in Ireland but would appear to have a future in the pointing field. The favourite What A Surprise was well beaten when running out at the third last. Norman Jones’s 5 year old Kings Euro kept on steadily and should land a maiden in due course.

The second division of the maiden had its share of incidents and once the favourite Scally’s George was pulled up with a mile to run Miss Man was soon clear and eventually finished alone. Dai Jones cam in for the ride after intended jockey Joe Price took a heavy fall in an earlier race.

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