Saturday 6th May 2006
by Lucy Johnson
GREY Ciseaux relished the trip at Flete Park on Saturday to land the George Baskerville Memorial Ladies’ Open run over four miles.
His owner/trainer Lucy Gardner said some times he is in the mood, and others he says “no” but after a season of consistent performances the grey gelding deserved his success after sticking his nose out to gain victory by a neck from Ardross Gem.
Lucy, who was nursing a swollen faces and multiple bruises after a crashing fall on Bank Holiday Monday, also reported her other stable star, Tsar’s Twist who had won hunter chase at Ludlow, may head for the Intermediate Final at Exeter racecourse next week.
Racing got off to a shaky start at the idyllic location after the paramedics had double booked themselves, but at the last minute a second crew stepped in and the action got under way an hour late.
Dun and Doras, trained at Buckfastleigh by Nikki Frost, found the opening confined race a cinch after winning easily under Derek McKenna following a match with My Whisper. The gelding is a former winner under Rules and is owned by the Cloud Nine – Premier Cru syndicate.
Nikki was in treble form, taking the two-runner men’s open with Jalons Star, ridden by his usual partner Ben Robarts, and the concluding race of the day, the maiden, when 18-year-old Byron Moorcroft, who was scoring the second win of his career, got up to score on Howdy Cloud. Owner Jimmy Frost said the horse is a reformed bucking bronco and had run very green at the course last time on his racing debut.
Buckets Awl’s restricted win put trainer Alan Walter on level terms with Monique Pike who drew a blank with her runners over the weekend. The two families embark on a challenge each year for the silver bucket, awarded to the one who trains the most winners, whether under Rules or in a point-to-point and the gelding is named after the awad - Awl stands for Alan Walter Limited.
Bucket Awl was odds on to land the race under Richard Woollacott and kept up to his work well to finish four lengths ahead of Richard Darke and Katies Hero.
Alice Mills won the intermediate race, by virtue of a walkover with Gunners Mistake, and the win earned her the perpetual challenge trophy for the leading novice rider over the two meetings staged at Flete.
The Pegasus Club Race is one of the oldest in the country, having first run in 1895, and Mark Treneer’s Itworked was the two and a half length winner under Mary McCarthy. The race is confined to members’ of the legal profession and four runners went to post including two trained by Jessie Spur who had travelled down from Berkely country.
Nash & Co Confined: Dun an Doras (Mr D McKenna) 1; My Whisper ( Miss T Cave) 2. Two ran, four lengths; time six minutes 51 seconds.
The Rowes Honday Intermediate Race: Gunners Mistake (Miss A Mills) 1. Walk over.
The Stanley Carpets Restricted: Bucket Awl (Mr R Woollacott) 1; Katies Hero (Mr R Darke) 2; Little Apple Bay (Mr A Holdsworth) 3. 4l, 12l; 6.47.
George Baskerville Memorial Ladies’ Open: 1 GREY CISEAUX (IRE), Miss L. Gardner, 9-2; 2 ARDROSS GEM (IRE), Miss S. West, 5-1; 3 BALLY BLUE, Miss T. Cave, 9-4F. nk, 20l, 7.50.
The Taylor Son & Creber Men’s Open: Jalons Star (Mr B Robarts) 1; Tony’s Time (Mr R Woollacott) 2. 6l; 6.52.
The Pegasus Club Race: Itworked (Miss M McCarthy) 1; Gunners Mistake (Miss A Mills) 2; Ross Minster (Mrs J Spurr) 3. 2 ½ l, dist; 6.42.
The Thurlestone Hotel Open Maiden: Howdy Cloud (Mr B Moorcroft) 1; Phairy Storm (Mr B Robarts) 2; Joyce’s Presence (Mr R Woollacott) 3. ½ l, 2l; 6.37