Sunday 11th May 2008
by Lucy Johnson
RICHARD Woollacott was the jockey in form at the Tetcott meeting at Vauterhill. The reigning Devon and Cornwall area champion rode his first ever four timer, taking his total for the season to 24, and elevating him to second position for this year’s National Men’s title.
Woollacott was also responsible for training three of his winners, Cookies Bank, Lord’s Bridge and Two Mile Oak. Sue Condry’s Cookies Bank just held off Newsplayer to win the Confined after leading from the 15th fence. “He stays for ever and jumped better when the pace quickened,” explained the winning rider.
Lords Bridge also just prevailed in a driving finish to the Restricted after Polly Gundry and Blackcomb Mountain had thrown down a strong challenge from the second last. Bought at Doncaster last August for owner Den Underhill, Woollacott said the horse “doesn’t settle early”, but he showed plenty of determination to follow up his Great Trethew maiden success.
Two Mile Oak had ten lengths to spare in the first Open Maiden division. The eventual runner up College Time and Jimmy Cole made a bold bid to make all until blundering at the final ditch, allowing Two Mile Oak to stride clear. The winner had shown little form until now, but the combination of first time blinkers and fast ground seemed to do the trick. The Double Trigger six year old, bought out of Sarah Williams’ yard, is owned by Brian and Brenda Heath, together with Dick Westacott.
Woollacott’s other winning ride on And All That Jazz in the nine runner Mares Maiden came from the Lydford yard of Pauline and Tony Geering. Jenny Carr’s mount Inching West looked a big danger crossing the last, but the Morpeth mare And All That Jazz stayed on gamely to win by a length. “She needs firm ground and was a bit fitter today”, said Pauline. Winning owners David and Terri Fisher bred the mare from their winning pointer Kindly Lady.
And All That Jazz was the first winner of the season for her trainers, but that success was soon doubled when 12 year old Jaunty Janner won a match for the Intermediate Novice Riders’ race. 18 year old Sam Allwood was partnering his 8th winner of the season on Jaunty Janner, owned and bred by David Congdon. “He is a very safe jumper and has never fallen”, remarked Pauline Geering.
There was also a match for the Men’s Open which saw winning jockey Ian Chanin take his pointing total for the season into double figures. Chanin’s mount Vigzol was not hard pressed to beat his sole rival Spinning Silver, who is worth bearing in mind for a future Bratton Down outing. Vigzol was winning for the third time this season for owner/trainer/ breeders Richard and Sheralyn King.
It was good to see Let’s Fly thoroughly enjoying himself in repeating last year’s win in the Ladies’ Open. Polly Gundry soon had the veteran out in front of his three rivals and their winning margin over Matrix (Nicola Rovai) was 7 lengths. “That was the 25th win of his career, including 4 under rules in his younger days”, said owner/trainer Ross Oliver. Polly’s winning ride took her 5 clear of Rachael Green at the top of the National Ladies’ table.
The concluding Open Maiden also attracted four runners and may have revealed a smart performer in the previously unraced Party Pictures. Darren Edwards kept the 5 year old under tight restraint until the final circuit, allowing his mount to head runner up Catch You Later after the final ditch for a comfortable success. Party Pictures is owned by Ashley and Caroline Farrant, and was bought privately in Ireland. “He is a big baby but works as well as anything at home”, said Ashley who had also trained King’s Wood to win at Holnicote on the previous day.
Open Maiden Mares only
1 And All That Jazz (Mr R Woollacott); 2 Inching West (Miss J Carr); 3 Annie’s Assets (Mr R Bliss); 1l; 10l 6mins 43 secs
1 Cookies Bank (Mr R Woollacott); 2 Newsplayer (Mr N Harris); 3 Meneur de Jeu (Mr D Edwards); 1 1/2l; 10l; 6m 26
1 Vigzol (Mr I Chanin); 2 Spinning Silver (Mr M Woodward); 12l ; 6m 45
1 Let’s Fly (Miss P Gundry); 2 Matrix (Miss N Rovai); 3 Little Lord Lewis Miss V Shaw); 7l; dist ; 6m 25
Intermediate Novice Riders’
1 Jaunty Janner (Mr S Allwood); 2 Run of Kings (Mr P John); 4l; 6m36
1 Lords Bridge (Mr R Woollacott); 2 Blackcomb Mountain (Miss P Gundry); 3/4l; only two finished; 6m 25
Open Maiden Div 1
1 Two Mile Oak (Mr R Woollacott); 2 College Time (Mr J Cole); 3 Final Deal (Mr S Allwood); 10l; 2 1/2l; 6m 40
Open Maiden Div 2
1 Party Pictures (Mr D Edwards); 2 Catch You Later (Mr W White); 3 Wanna Do A Deal (Mr J Tickle); 5l; 20l; 6m 38