SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2003
by Lee Glanville
who made the journey to Cornwall for the second East Cornwall meeting at
Great Trethew were welcomed by perfect
ground after the organising committee had put a lot of work in to combat
the dry weather. Times for the course were a little slower than the last
meeting but with the bends being moved and the course moved on to fresh
ground on the downhill stretches, the distance would have been slightly
racing was the order of the day and race-goers basking in the balmy
sunshine were treated to some ding dong battles ≠ none more so than in
the closing race, the Confined where, in an all-Cornish finish, Roma
Cookís County Bash (Lucy Gardner) and the Young familyís Lirsleftover
(Sue Young) dead-heated. Neither judge nor jockeys could split the
two as they were at opposite sides of the track.
was completing a double for Sue Young who took the three runner ladiesí
race on Fossy Bear. It was nonetheless an exciting race with Letís Fly
and Handsome Henry both throwing down their challenge, but Fossy Bear
- a course winner at the previous meeting - prevailed by
Glassonbury rode his first winner between the flags when he got Beyond the
Realm up to beat Five Minutes (Colin Heard) in the first division of the
two and a half mile maiden. The second division went to Richard Darke on
board Coombe Chorus with only a length between the winner and the second
and third horses home.
was a cracking finish too in the Intermediate race. Three horses, Master
Buckley, Phar Afield and Brown Chieftain jumped the last upsides, with
Leslie Jefford riding a superb tactical race to get the 13 year old Master
Buckley home in front.
form race of the meeting was the Restricted, the Mike Biddick-trained
Kestick thoroughly deserving victory after some good efforts in defeat
this season. Tabitha Cave rode, and reversed the form of the last meeting
between her mount and second-placed Henwyn (Richard Darke). It was the
second leg of a double for Cave who had earlier partnered Fortlander to
take the confined maiden, beating the slightly higher rated Lingering Fog
David Pipe trained Family Business, Les Jeffordís mount in the
Cheltenham Foxhunterís when the pair were brought down, did his fall
partner no favours when beating Jefford on Khayal in the menís open.
Family Business was partnered this time by Harry Fowler, who generally
rides in the South East area.
of East Cornwall point to point at Great Trethew
1/2 mile Maiden Div One : 1, Beyond the Realm, A Glassonbury; 2, Five
Minutes, C Heard; 3, Dolitan Lad, D Edwards. Six ran, 10l, 4l, 6.02.
Two: 1, Coombe Chorus, R Darke; 2, Ericís Way, J Barnes; 3, Hold On
Harry, M Sweetland. 10 ran, 1l, 1l, 5.48.
open: 1, Family Business, H Fowler; 2, Khayal, L Jefford; 3, Gotha, M
Sweetland. Five ran 10l, dist, 6.43.
open: 1, Fossy Bear, Miss S Young; 2, Letís Fly, Mrs M Hand; 3, Handsome
Henry, Miss S Gaisford. Three ran, 4l, 9l, 6.38.
Maiden: 1, Fortlander, Miss T Cave; 2, Lingering Fog,m Miss M McCarthy; 3,
Butler Didit, L Jefford. Nine ran, 3l, 4l, 6.47.
1, Master Buckley, L Jefford; 2, Phar Afield, Miss S Gaisford; 3, Brown
Chieftain, R Darke. Five ran, 1/2l, 1/2l, 6.48.
: 1, Kestick, Miss T Cave; 2, Henwyn, R Darke; 3, Millaís Man, T Dennis.
Nine ran, 6l, 3l, 6.42.
1=County Bash, Miss L Gardner and Lirsleftover, Miss S Young. Seven ran.
Dead heat, 6.46.