Mid Devon Foxhounds
Black Forest Lodge
Sunday 1st February 2009
by Lucy Johnson
JOCKEY Neil Harris and trainer Camilla Scott teamed up to score a treble at Black Forest Lodge on Sunday and narrowly missed out on a four timer at the South Devon track when Master Flight just failed by a length and a half in the concluding maiden to finish third.
Harris, currently the reigning champion veteran rider in the Devon and Cornwall area, initiated the three-timer on Yes My Lord in the men’s open.
It was a thrilling finish with the gelding fighting out the lead with Gunship from three out. The latter, ridden by Sam Allwood, held a slight advantage over the final fence but Yes My Lord rallied well under pressure to score by half a length. Scott said: “We only came here to give him the run and he’ll come on for that.”
Next up in the winners’ enclosure was King of the Jungle, an eight year old owned by the Exmoor Partnership who took the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Race by two lengths. It was Neil Harris who initiated the purchase of the gelding for the partnership, 80 per cent of whom own the prolific Southwestern - set to make his seasonal reappearance in a couple of weeks time. Scott said: “If the ground is right we will go for the final at Exeter with King of the Jungle.”
Last of the trio to win was Roger and Jenny Perry’s Jack’s Taxi who pulled away from the rest of the field two fences from home and won very easily. Scott said the eight-year-old was finally beginning to show the talent they know he has. “Last year he would dodge around markers but he’s growing up and he’s a lovely horse. Of the three winners, this is the one I hoped would win today,” she said.
Lady Myfanwy and Jenny Carr scored their second success at the course when they won the ladies’ open and the Devon and Cornwall area could see much more of the prolific eight-year-old who could be campaigned for the season in the Westcountry, although a hunter chase may also be on the agenda.
Last Warrior won the faster of the two maiden races under Richard Woollacott who had the six-year-old jumping beautifully to win convincingly by eight lengths. The gelding is owned by Victoria Shervington and trained in Wales by Maggie Kidner. In the second maiden Polly Gundry got a clear run on the far side on Bathwick Shannon to land the race leaving Colorado Storm and Master Flight to fight it out for the minor places on the inner.
Dutch Bill, under Jimmy Cole who was in winning form at Wadebridge the day before, led the way down the back straight in the confined to win by one and three quarter lengths. It was the second success of the season for Robert White’s seven year old who is trained by Kathryn Northcott.
The Dave and Terri Fisher Confined: Dutch Bill (Jimmy Cole) 1; Cookies Bank (Richard Woollacott) 2; Mister Moonax (R Hawkins) 3. Trainer: Miss K Northcott; distances 1 ¾ l; 12l; Time 6.42.
The Fingle Bridge Inn Men’s Open: Yes My Lord (Neil Harris) 1; Gunship (Sam Allwood) 2; Little Ed (Rhys Hughes) 3.Mrs Camilla Scott; 1/2l, 20l; 6.38.
The West Devon Meat Ladies Open: Lady Myfanwy (Jenny Carr) 1; Winter Scene (Lucy Gardner) 2; Croix De Guerre (Diana Hobbs) 3. Myfanwy Miles; 1 ½ l, 10l; 6.31.
Exeter Racecourwse Intermediate: King of the Jungle (Neil Harris) 1; Dracaena (D Aldridge) 2; Bob Bites Back (Rhys Hghes) 3.Camilla Scott; 2l, 10l; 6.41.
The Ring O’Bells Bovey Tracey Restricted: Jack’s Tazi (Neil Harris) 1; Jean’s Joy (Polly Gundry) 2; Up The Boreen (Will White) 3.
Roly Stuert-Jervis, Manhole Covers Ltd Open Maiden Div 1: Last Warrior (Richard Woollacott) 1; Super Lady (Ian Popham) 2; Kavegirl (Polly Gundry) 3. Maggie Kidner; 8l, 7l; 6.34.
Ride World Wide Open Maiden Div 2: Bathwick Shannon (Polly Gundry) 1; Colorado Storm (Richard Woollacott) 2; Master Flight (Neil Harris) 3. Polly Gundry, 1l, 3/4l; 6.39.