North Cornwall at Wadebridge
THE Devon and Cornwall area champion Richard Woollacott reached a personal career milestone of a century of point to point winners at the North Cornwall fixture at Wadebridge when getting Tony’s Time home to win the Men’s Open. Woollacott sent his mount clear racing down the hill for the final time, and had three lengths to spare over Maximize at the post. The winner is trained by Sarah Faulks on Exmoor. “Tony’s Time is a half brother to Beachtime, who also won races for us” “He is not the biggest but he loves jumping”, added Sarah, who owns the 13 year old jointly with her husband. The winning jockey recalled that his first winning ride came on Nearly All Right in the Tiverton Maiden at Hockworthy nine years ago.
The day’s work was not finished however for the popular 29 year old jockey who went on to complete a double courtesy of an impressive performance by Teddy Boy in the Confined. Teddy Boy got the better of a spirited battle with Nditlir turning into the home straight before going on to beat that rival by three lengths with Unusual Suspect a creditable third. The winner is owned by Richard Mitford-Slade, Lucy Fielding-Johnson and John Fisher and is trained by the jockey’s partner Emely Thompson . “I gave him a breather for a few strides after the fourth last” said the winning rider, and “he took off jumping the next”. Teddy Boy may tackle a Hunter chase at Exeter next month.
25 year old jockey Jimmy Cole has been trying to ride a winner for nine years and was elated after achieving his ambition on his six year old mare Holly Walk in the second Maiden. Jimmy, who trains the mare together with his girl friend Gemma Cramp at Tavistock, treated his supporters with a whip waving salute inside the last 50 yards as runner up Double Mead closed in on him. “I was confident we wouldn’t be caught” said the thrilled rider afterwards. Holly Walk, who was bred by The Queen, was placed on the flat and over hurdles before being bought by her present connections at Ascot sales last October. Vanessa Shaw was taken to hospital after a heavy fall from newcomer Golden Lizard at the final ditch in this race. She was subsequently found to be badly bruised and was released on Sunday.
Dante’s Back, who won the other division of the Maiden in a canter under Darren Edwards, was also purchased at Ascot sales last autumn by Reg and Mandy Hand. “He cost £1700 but we found he was a crib biter when we got him home so got some of the purchase price back” related Mandy who rides the gelding every day.
Ross Oliver’s Let’s Fly followed up his Silverton win when taking the Ladies’ Open very easily under Polly Gundry and Karyn Heard’s Fauntleroy scored an equally facile success in the Intermediate. “He never came off the bridle” said jockey Colin Heard.
Tim Dennis had to work harder to get Alambique home in the Restricted. The favourite Brendan’s Surprise looked a big danger entering the home straight, but Alambique stayed on strongly up the final climb to claim the prize by a length from Brendan’s Surprise with Silver Monarch running on into third.
Nick Scholfield rode his third pointing winner of the season when the odds on Sea Snipe won the four runner Hunt race, following up her December course win in convincing style.
Open Maiden Div 1
Open Maiden Div 2