Easter Monday 28th March 2005
by Lee Glanville
The best thing about heading south west for the Fourburrow point to point, which took place near Newquay on Easter Monday, is watching the endless queues of traffic blocking the carriageway out of Cornwall in the opposite direction!
Much better to spend the afternoon watching some classy point to point racing and travelling home when the crowds have gone. Maybe a huge sign at Indian Queens next year pointing this out, and directing traffic Trebudannon way, would swell the massive crowd even more!
Class racing was on offer on a course which has seen much time and effort on improvements and had been blessed with plenty of Cornish rain.
William Biddick got the ball rolling with an easy victory in the hunt race on board Let's Fly, who had taken the same race last year.
An action-packed open two and a half mile maiden saw two horses decant their riders before the start and one partnership get knocked over before they reached the first fence! But a great finish ensued with four horses in a line at the last, Tim Dennis getting Come to the Bar home by half a length.
Mandy Hand is having a great season and got the consistent Frontenac home in the Intermediate, with Sea Snipe (Tabitha Cave) in second. There was a stewards' inquiry into the pulling up of Impatient Lady (Leslie Jefford) but his explanation that the mare had lost confidence in her jumping after a bad mistake at the ditch was accepted.
Mary McCarthy and Sandy Duff waited until the last fence to launch their Mixed Open challenge on leader Maitre Levy, but swept past to record their fourth victory of the season.
There was drama too after the Restricted which was won cosily by Mike Weir's Ryder's Hill (Vanessa Shaw), the mare proving that she can perform on any surface. Second -placed Eric's Way (Richard Woollacott) collapsed in the paddock afterwards, suffering from the heat, but was revived after being doused with water.
The open maiden was divided on declaration, the first being won by Colin Heard on the Frost owned and trained Working Girl, the second by Darren Edwards on Farley Water.
Hunt race: 1, Let's Fly, W Biddick; 2, Indian Raider, Richard Darke; 3, Dark Challenger, Miss S Gaisford. Four ran, dist, dist, 6.10.
Open maiden 2m4f 5,6,7yo: 1, Come To The Bar, T Dennis; 2, Horizon Hill, C Heard; 3, Bucket Awl, R Woollacott. 10 ran, 1/2l, 1 1/2l, 5.02.
Intermediate: 1, Frontenac, Mrs M Hand; 2, Sea Snipe, Miss T Cave; 3, Virgos Bambino, Miss S Gaisford. Seven ran, 1 1/2l, 3l, 6.08.
Mixed Open: 1, Sandy Duff, Miss M McCarthy; 2, Maitre Levy, D Edwards; 3, Hasten Bak, Miss L Gardner. Six ran, 2l, 4l, 6.05.
Restricted: 1, Ryders Hill, Miss V Shaw; 2, Erics Way, R Woollacott; 3, Panto Pixie, Miss T Cave. Nine ran, 3l, 3l, 6.17.
Div One: 1, Working Girl, C Heard; 2, Mr Lehman, Miss L Gardner; 3, Slippery Friend, Richard Darke. Seven ran, 3l, 1l, 6.22.
Div Two: 1, Farley Water, D Edwards; 2, Steponthebandit, M Lurcock; 3, Whats Up Maid, M Munrowd. Eight ran, 1 1/2l, 1/2l, 6.07.