Sunday 30th March 2008
by Lucy Johnson
TESTING ground took its toll on runners at Great Trethew on Sunday where plenty of stamina was required to win.
Richard Woollacott’s great run of form continued with a rider/trainer double, initiated in the first of three maidens for four, five, six and seven year olds run over two and a half miles.
This time Woollacott was on Denis Underhill’s Lord’s Bridge who won by a head from Royal Gemstone.
Woollacott’s next win came in the faster of the maidens when Lucy Fielding-Johnson’s Primitive Quest won by a length from Alfie’s Connection with Stillhertoes back in third after the three came down the final hill together.
Bought at Ascot Sales last August for 1,100gns, the four year old’s resemblance to Fielding-Johnson’s good horse Teddy Boy prompted the purchase and she was subsequently broken in in September.
Second on Alfie’s Connection, Neil Harris went one better on So Long in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate, making it ten for the season for trainer Camilla Scott. Harris gave his usual patient ride on the eight-year-old, holding her up until the turn for home and riding her to a three length success. It was the third time the mare has won this season and having broken down badly two years ago soft ground is the key to her success.
Martin Sweetland was gifted the second maiden when the leaders Will Scarlet and Ashclyst made their exits at the final two fences. The pair had pulled away from the rest of the field but Will Scarlet fell at the second last and Ashclyst went through the wing at the last leaving Sweetland to win on Erin Niering’s seven-year-old who has benefitted from extensive schooling at home.
Lishen Storm’s run of seconds finally came to an end when he came home the easy winner of the men’s open under Tim Dennis. “Every time we’ve run him we’ve come against a better horse,” said his owner/trainer Lee Glanville who added that he may run in a hunter chase at Exeter before the season ends.
Just two went to post in the ladies’ open with Emily Noszkay winning on the Jackie Du Plessis-trained Kingsmill Lake. Jenny Carr finished second on Fleur De Nikos but was subsequently disqualified for going the wrong side of some markers.
The Mills’ family’s home bred Sigford’s Way was popular in the market to win the confined maiden and she did so in good style under Alice Mills coming home the easy winner from Contrary King.
Alice, whose mother Janine trained the winner, is currently enjoying a spell with leading trainer Alan King.
Mr Bennett added to his maiden success at the course a month ago when he took the restricted in the hands of Daniel Cook. Trained by Olivia Jackson, the five-year-old was carrying the famous colours of Brian Kilpatrick.
“I was playing it safe. It was quite testing but he’s gone through it. He’s certainly the best horse I’ve ever sat on,” said Cook.
The next point-to-point meeting is at Cherrybrook near Tavistock next Sunday.