Vine & Craven
Saturday 16th February 2008
by Robin Gray
Jockey Phillip York’s run of good form continued at the Vine & Craven fixture, Barbury Castle on Saturday with a double. As predicted last week, he enjoyed an easy victory on Dante’s Storm in the Confined and followed up an hour later with Nun on the Run in the first division of the Maiden.
This brings York’s total for the season to nine, just two adrift of joint leaders on the National Table, Oliver Greenall and James Tudor.
Racing was put back one hour to allow frost to come out of the ground and the organisers were rewarded with a total of 83 runners in the six races.
The Members race was a walkover for Wenceslas, whose only rival Theatre Call was withdrawn because his owner/rider Godfrey Maundrell was injured in a fall earlier in the day. Maundrell was taken to hospital with mild concussion but was discharged the same evening.
Wardfire Countryside Alliance Novice Riders
1 Iris’s Prince (R Flint) 2 Desailly 3 Koumba
1 length/8 lengths 6min 20sec 19 ran
Ramsbury Brewery Confined
1 Dante’s Storm (P York) 2 Silent Gunner 3 Light Des Mulottes
a distance and 2 lengths 6min 19sec 9 ran
Knight Frank Open
1 Long Night (R Woollacott) 2 Minsgill Mans 3 Hornbill
7 lengths/15 lengths 6min 19sec 11 ran
Barbury Castle Horse Trials Maiden (Div.1.)
1 Nun on the Run (P York) 2 Another Classic 3 Bonnie Zoe
2 lengths/2 lengths 5min 14sec 12 ran
Barbury Castle Horse Trials Maiden (Div.2.)
1 Cousin John (J Tudor) 2 Even Homer Nods 3 Lord Goshen
2 lengths/3 lengths 5min 14sec 16 ran
Fuller’s Brewery Restricted
1 Earth Moving (D Burton) 2 Sperymon 3 Travellers Lad
6 lengths and a distance 6min 45sec 16 ran (only three finished)