SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2002
by Dom Bradshaw
There were surprises in store at Sunday’s
South Wold meeting at Brocklesby Park, with two favourites turned over at
The first "shock" came in the
Confined, where the improving Dalus Park (Joe Docker) was backed as though
defeat was not in question. On this occasion, it was not to be his day as
he was ridden a long way from home, finishing a never nearer third. The
race went to the quirky Floruceva, ridden by James Tate and trained by the
rider his brother Richard, who consented to start after two recent mulish
performances. Some credit must go to the starter, M.Burt Esq, who was very
patient with the mare and allowed her to join the rest of the field after
she’d been playing up at the back. James Tate took the race by the
horns, taking the 12-year-old mare to the front and he stayed there,
repelling the late challenge of Via De La Valle (Lucy Coney).
Odds-on backers got a few quid back off the
bookies in the Ladies Open with Upham Lord (Jill Dawson) taking his fifth
race the season with relative ease. His task was made a lot easier when
Indie Rock ran out three from home when looking dangerous, unseating the
unfortunate Fiona Needham in the process. Would he have beaten the
favourite? We’ll never know, but if he’s back to anywhere near his
best, he should win a Ladies race or two this season.
Just when punters thought that normality
had returned, they were once again shot down in flames in the Mens Open
where the long odds-on favourite Private Pete (James Oldring) could only
finish a disappointing third.
Burton maiden winner Bedtime Boys (Joe
Docker) followed up in restricted company at the first time of asking,
coming home strongly in front of the remainder, which was headed by
Emperor’s Son (2nd - Serena Brotherton), Gale Damage (3rd
– Richard Armson) and Step Lively (4th – Stephen Swiers).
Ababou (Steve Charlton) readily took the 5,
6 & 7-year-old maiden from favourite Corrie Mor (Simon Walker), the
pair a long way clear of Mighty Rising (Chris Cundall) and Steppes
(Richard Tate) in third and fourth.
The final race of the day, the 8-year-olds and upwards maiden went to the front running grey, Its-On-The-Cards. The winner, according to the race card “lacks stamina”, but you wouldn’t have known and he could be identified as the winner a long way from home. This was a well deserved success for owner\rider Rachel Atkinson and she should be praised for “having a go”. If the horse is good enough to step up in grade is another matter, but I didn’t think that he could win a maiden, so who knows?