Four Burrow Foxhounds
Saturday 25th April 2009
by Granville Taylor
High class point-to-point racing at the Four Burrow meeting at Trebudannon featured riding doubles for both Richard Woollacott and Matt Griffiths.
Woollacott secured a pillar to post success in the Mixed Open on the progressive Whizzaar, who was winning for the third time this season. A winner last time out in a hunter chase at Ascot, the nine-year-old was soon dominating this contest, winning comfortably from useful performers Tonic du Charmil and Rockwithacaveman. Owner John Symes said afterwards, we may go for a hunter chase at the Cheltenham evening meeting or a similar one at Aintree next
Woollacott had initiated his double on newcomer Watch and Praey, who made full use of the weight concession for four-year-olds in the two and a half miles Maiden for young horses. Bought privately on behalf of his owner Simon Stacey last summer, the youngster was described by his rider as, big and backward, but a lovely sort. Both Whizzaar and Watch and Praey are stabled with the rider at Rose Ash.
Fast Development looked like making it a treble for Woollacott in the Restricted, but this four-year-old, attempting to follow up her Easter Monday course victory, fell when in the lead entering the final circuit. This left the door open to another mare, New Mill Moll, who eventually scored comfortably in the hands of Matt Griffiths. Owned by Chris White and Doug Legg, the winner had travelled from the Blackmore Vale country, where she is stabled at Lydford with ex-jockey James White.
Matt Griffiths also scored on Sosueme Now who just outstayed Golden Benefit to win the Mares Maiden. Sosueme Now is owned by Sean and Verity Lock and trained by Verity at Tavistock. 18 year old Griffiths is running away with the Devon & Cornwall Area male novice title, and is also sharing the lead for the National novice riders award with Toby Greenall.
Polly Gundry continues in a clear lead for the National Ladies title, and Flying Whale provided her 22nd winner of the season when taking a division of the split on the day Open Maiden. Lucy Gardner was successful in the other division on Mr Redwood, who she also trains for his owner/breeder Paul Tylor.
The Intermediate looked a strong race on paper, but Jacks Taxi never looked in danger of defeat on the final circuit, easily accounting for Wee Fly and Brook Castle in the hands of Neil Harris. This race carried unique sponsorship in the shape of the charity Help for Heroes, which raises money for wounded service personnel. The prize money for the race was donated by course announcer Roger Hosken and colleagues.
Open Maiden 2m 4f (4 to 7 year olds)
1 Watch and Praey (Richard Woollacott)
2 Praise Hymn (James Cole)
3 Chef Junior (Polly Gundry)
12 ran; 2l; 4l; 5mins 3 secs
1 Jacks Taxi (Neil Harris)
2 Wee Fly (Polly Gundry)
3 Brook Castle (Will Biddick)
7 ran; 5l; head; 6m 14s
Mares & Fillies Maiden 2m 4f (4 to 7 year olds)
1 Sosueme Now (Matt Griffiths)
2 Golden Benefit (Jo Buck)
3 Portway Lane (Paul John)
13 ran; head; 1/2l; 5m 7s
1 Whizzaar (Richard Woollacott)
2 Tonic du Charmil (Darren Edwards)
3 Rockwithacaveman (Polly Gundry)
9 ran; 3l; 2l; 6m 13s
Open Maiden Div 1
1 Mr Redwood (Lucy Gardner)
2 Artic Omen (Sam Allwood)
3 Redworth Boy (Lizzy Kelly)
9 ran; 2l; 6l; 6m 28s
Open Maiden Div 2
1 Flying Whale (Polly Gundry)
2 Verbury Star (Darren Edwards)
3 Deloughtane (Alice Pearn)
9 ran; 6l; 1/2l; 6m 28s
1 New Mill Moll (Matt Griffiths)
2 Killoran (Polly Gundry)
3 What A Moose (Ian Chanin)
12 ran; 15l; 3l; 6m 20s