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Western at Wadebridge
Saturday 17th March 2007
by Lucy Johnson

It looks as though the Westcountry has found a promising young jockey in 17-year-old Nick Scholfield. Fresh from an exhilarating ride at the Cheltenham festival on Napolitain for his governor Paul Nicholls, Nick clocked up the first hat trick of his fledgling career at the Western fixture at Wadebridge.

The stylish young rider took the Men’s Open on prolific winning mare Sea Snipe and the first division of the maiden on promising six year old Ballybrown, both trained by Becky Kennen on Bodmin Moor. “These are the only two I have in training at the moment,” said Becky, “so I do the riding out, mucking out and drive the horse box”.

Ballybrown produced an impressive performance on only his second racecourse appearance. He was bought from ex-jockey Jim Culloty in Ireland last autumn and is owned by Charlie Rush. In contrast, ten-year-old Sea Snipe, home bred by owner Ben Messer-Bennetts, was taking her career wins into double figures, and her fourth this season when beating Frontenac in the Men’s Open.

Scholfield also took another division of the Maiden with the Jimmy Frost owned and Nikki Frost trained Whatcanisay, home bred from the Frost’s stallion Morpeth, who had little difficulty in disposing of his six rivals. “Whatcanisay has taken time to come to himself”, said the trainer, “and will probably go under Rules”. A delighted and slightly bemused Nick Scholfield said: “I have never had more than one winner on a day previously”. These three winners thrust Nick Scholfield into a good position in the National Novice Riders’ title.

Richard Woollacott was the other jockey in form with a double, courtesy of Bucket Awl and Whizzaar. Alan and Jane Walter’s Bucket Awl just prevailed over Innocent Rebel in the Intermediate after the pair had been locked together over the final mile. Woollacott had a more straight forward ride to win the Restricted on Whizzaar, owned by John and Floss Symes and trained by Emely Thompson.

Sandy Duff returned from a lay off to contest the Ladies’ Open, with his owner rider Mary McCarthy also back in action after breaking a leg at Black Forest Lodge in January. This time Sandy Duff had to give best to an in-form Let’s Fly, who drew clear on the uphill climb to the post under a positive ride from Polly Gundry. This win set up a seasonal hat trick for the consistent Let’s Fly, whilst Sandy Duff lost little in defeat and can resume winning ways before long.

Fauntleroy (Colin Heard) and Nditlir (Tim Dennis) looked like fighting out a tight finish to the Confined when coming to came to the final fence together, but the latter crumpled on landing leaving Fauntleroy to saunter home unchallenged.

Results

Confined
1 Fauntleroy (C Heard)
2 Coffee Morning (Miss C Horsley)
3 Possible Pardon (Miss J Congdon)
6 ran; dist; 8l 6mins 10 secs

Ladies’ Open
1 Let’s Fly (Miss P Gundry)
2 Sandy Duff (Miss M McCarthy)
3 Diamond Monroe (Miss M Biddick)
4 ran; 2l; 7l 6m 25

Intermediate
1 Bucket Awl (R Woollacott)
2 Innocent Rebel (C Heard)
3 Bishop’s Blade (T Dennis)
4 ran; 1/2l; 10l 6m 10

Open Maiden Div 1
1 Ballybrown ( N Scholfield)
2 River Heights (C Heard)
3 Milliner’s Jig (T Dennis)
6 ran; 5l; 3l 6m 27

Open Maiden Div 2
1 Whatcanisay ( N Scholfield)
2 Oh So Naughty (Miss J Congdon)
3 Romany Song (N Harris)
7 ran; dist; 3l 6m 14

Open Maiden Div 3
1 Jolly Hopeful (J Cole)
2 Matatu (R Darke)
3 Murphys Man (T Dennis)
7 ran; 2l; 1l 6m 25

Men’s Open
1 Sea Snipe (N Scholfield)
2 Frontenac (R Darke)
3 Tony’s Time (R Woollacott)
4 ran; 2l 4l 6m 15

Restricted
1 Whizzaar (R Woollacott)
2 Little Apple Bay (R Darke)
3 Holly Walk (J Cole)
4 ran; 4l 10l; 6m 14

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