North Cornwall Club at Wadebridge
Saturday 16th December 2006
by Lucy Johnson
DOUBLE Honour always made his jockeys work hard for their wins when he raced under Rules but the dour stayer found the switch to point-to-pointing much more to his liking and landed a competitive ladies’ at Wadebridge on Saturday.
The good looking grey appeared to relish the long down hill run in the hands of Diana Hobbs and with stamina in abundance he kept plugging on up the endless climb for home to hold off the favourite Spuddlers Dream and win by two lengths.
Diana’s mother Sarah, who owns the eight-year-old, joked: “What we need now is a three mile point-to-point which is all down hill.”
Winning under Rules became a near impossibility for Double Honour who had been weighted to the hilt by the handicapper and he may now go hunter chasing.
Concert Pianist was backed to win the men’s open and he duly did so under Richard Woollacott, getting up in the dying strides to win by half a length from Just Sally. The 11-year-old came to trainer Emely Thompson in the summer after success under Rules with Peter Winkworth. Emely said: “Alan Walter has done a huge amount of work on his jumping and he jumped wonderfully today. He was giving the second horse a stone but he stays very well.”
Veteran jockey Colin Heard proved he is riding as well as ever when guiding Fauntleroy to a two length win in the restricted. The seven-year-old earned the accolade of being the horse most entered to run last season, without ever getting to the track, but niggling problems which have frustrated his career now seem to be cured. Colin’s wife Karyn, who owns and trains the horse, said: “We are just so pleased he has won as we have waited a long time for it.”
Heard nearly made it a double with the fancied Innocent Rebel in the intermediate in what turned out to be a thrilling match with Thematis. The pair were flat to the boards for much of the race but Jamie Snowden kicked on with Thematis four out to win by a couple of lengths. Trainer Caroline Keevil last came to Wadebridge two years ago when she won with Deep Pockets.
Nick Scholfield proved once again he’s a jockey with a bright future after winning the club members’ race with the Becky Kennen-trained Sea Snipe judging the race well and asking enough of the mare to win by four lengths.
Winning owner Sally Messer-Bennetts said: “She’s a lovely mare and Nick is a star in my opinion. We are hoping to run her in hunter chases as she has a good pedigree and it will make her worth more as a broodmare. She’s had a chequered past and when she was a foal she had a terrible gravel and didn’t come sound for a long time. Every time we ran her she was lame. But we sent her to (physiotherapist) Mary Bromiley who cured her.”
The Gordon Edwards-trained Killer Cat was an easy winner of the first division of the maiden. Edwards’ son Darren was in front at the last on the five-year-old and won very easily while the second division went to the Ross Oliver owned Sledgehammer, ridden by Polly Gundry.
Members: Sea Snipe (Mr N Scholfield) 1; Alambique (Mr T Dennis) 2; Coral Bay (Mr W Biddick) 3.
Men’s Open: Concert Pianist (Mr R Woollacott) 1; Just Sally (Mr B Robarts) 2; Pertemps Profile (Mr N Harris) 3.
Ladies’ Open: Double Honour (Miss D Hobbs) 1; Spuddlers Dream (Miss R Green) 2; Let’s Fly (Miss P Gundry) 3.
Restricted: Fauntleroy (Mr C Heard) 1; Winter Scene (Miss L Gardner) 2; Lord Code (Miss A Goschen) 3.
Intermediate: Thematis (Mr J Snowden) 1; Innocent Rebel (Mr C Heard) 2; Baldhu Jay Arr (Mr D Edwards) 3.
Open maiden div I: Killer Cat (Mr D Edwards) 1; Oh So Naughty (Miss J Congdon) 2; Druid Gazelle (Mr M Munrowd) 3.
Open maiden div II: Sledgehammer (Miss P Gundry) 1; Holly Walk (Mr J Cole) 2; Hi Star (Miss L Gardner) 3.