CLIFTON ON TEME
SUNDAY 27 APRIL 2003
by Peter Mansell
Clifton on Teme meeting at Upper Sapey, near Bromyard provided the
background when Julian Pritchard wrote his name in the record books to
become only the second jockey in the sports history to ride 300 winners
between the flags.
Baimbridge provided the Ledbury based jockey with three of the winners,
namely Owl Vulgan (Restricted), Teme Willow (Mens Open) and Titus Bramble
(Confined) while Mathons John Rudge sent out Box Car to win the 5,6 &
used almost identical tactics throughout the afternoon. Setting out to
dictate the pace from the start, giving his mount's a breather at half way
before quickening the pace again on the down hill run from the 15th
and with the exception of Here We Go Barney in the Restricted none of his
rivals were able to get within touching distance of the three times
Bliss rider Emma James enjoyed a successful weekend by partnering Upton
Adventure to a facile win in the Ladies Open at Brampton Bryan on Saturday
and she followed up with a victory in the equivalent race at Upper Sapey.
She had Proper Primitive in the front rank throughout this contest and
they recovered well from an error at the penultimate to storm away from
their rivals on the flat.
Adventure was a popular winner of the 8-year-old and upward Maiden. Jolly
Jake and the favourite had the race to themselves from three out but
Slaves Adventure proved the strongest turning into the straight and won by
3 lengths in the colours of his owner breeder Gwynne Edwards who lives
about a mile from the Upper Sapey course.