Saturday 7th May 2011
by Granville Taylor
ROSS OLIVER'S game and consistent mare Wee Fly won for the fourth consecutive time this season when repeating last year's success in the Ladies' Open at Flete Park Jo Buck always had her handy in a field of four, but she was out jumped by Chiaro (Di Hobbs) at the last, and had to pull out all the stops to get her head in front near the line. "She is so tough and ran a bit in snatches. They went a good pace and it was difficult to get a breather in." reported the successful jockey.
14-year-old Paddy The Piper also has a liking for this undulating track, and followed up his recent win at the Dartmoor fixture two weeks ago with a comprehensive beating of sole opponent Duxy Hill Lady in the Men's Open. The veteran pointer gave a bold display of jumping to give Michael Heard his sixth winner of the season.
Quizzling is another evergreen campaigner. This 13-year-old gamely defied a 6lbs penalty to record a pillar to post victory in the Confined. Once again confidently partnered by leading novice rider Micheal Nolan, the Christine Young trained gelding was scoring for the fourth time this year.
The rest of the card belonged to the Chanin brothers: A field of 15 lined up for the Open Maiden. Josiah Bay had been runner-up in his last five races, but Ian Chanin had the nine-year-old in front from the third last before staying on well to hold the strong finishing Lady Oaksey. Family bred Josiah Bay is owned and trained by Rebecca Welch at Dartington.
Ian Chanin's double was completed on board the Ed Walker trained Modern Day Icon in the two and a half miles Maiden. This five-year-old ran on well to hold the favourite Not Many Know That, with King's Scout showing promise in third. The winner is jointly owned by Mrs Pat Glenn and Polly Gundry and is due to go to Cheltenham sales this week. "Ian really got a tune out of him. He ran three times on the flat in Ireland where he was found by my brother Charles. He has stacks of potential but has taken time to mature mentally," said Polly.
Hereweareagain gave Tom Chanin his fifth winner of the season in the Restricted. Owned by Reg and Mandy Hand and trained by Mandy, the eight-year-old stayed on strongly to beat Ansa The Question. "He jumped so well I had to keep holding him back. He hit the front down the hill and flew the second last," said the winning jockey.