SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2003
by John Bulman
Jedforest meeting took place in almost constant blizzard conditions but
those that had braved the weather were rewarded with a good afternoons
racing. My race card soon disintegrated in the snow and so apologies for
any errors in this report!
Keni comfortably took the members under Andrew Richardson. He was
unextended and will probably be quite competitive in a higher grade than
this. Junior Des Ormeaux was never really seriously asked a question in
second and with a more forceful ride should not be long in winning a race.
Noble Teviot ran well on his debut to finish third and is only a 5 year
old. Havetwotaketwo ran out early and looks a difficult ride for a
restricted went to Mr Mann under Beverly Kendall, staying on gamely to
deny Anbrooka with Anotherhandyman back in third. Both the first and third
had ran in the Alnwick ladies two weeks previously and appreciated the
step down to restricted company. Lucky Brush ran well enough in 4th
and The Broken Man was still in contention when unshipping Rose Davidson
on the final bend.
Mute took advantage of the early departure of the odds on Riparius to take
the ladies under Val Jackson. Miss Portcello (Jane Hollands) were second
and these two were well clear of the remainder including Mountain Thyne
who took third and will improve for the run.
Land was a surprise winner of what looked a competitive if slightly sub
standard mens open. Andrew Richardson was completing a double when he came
with a well-timed run to lead at the last to win comfortably from The Next
Waltz and Supreme Day. Both Geordies Express and Derryrose will come on
for the run and better ground.
Davidson gained compensation for her earlier fall from The Broken Man when
steering 6/4 favourite Dere Street to her first victory in the confined.
Dere Street was expensively purchased from Rhona Elliott who still trains
the horse and a step up in class must be on the agenda now. Passing Danger
ran well in second while Exact ran on for a never dangerous third.
mares maiden was a fairly week event which went to the Clive Story ridden
Abelbeck. Marteeny ran well for the Waltons and may be capable of taking a
small race. 5-year-old Northern Lyne stayed on well to take third. Katinka
from the Balisteros yard got a quiet ride from Tom Oates and looks capable
of better than her sixth position.
Storey Completed a quick double when Persian Point took the first division
of the open maiden from the seemingly eternal runner up, The Preacher Man
with Kanturk Star staying on well to take third. French Gossip departed
early and it will remain to be seen how reliable the form is.
Venture took the finale under a determined Pauline Robson ride, just
hanging on to deny the front running Just George with Itineris third for
Charlie Shirley Bevan. This looked the best of the maidens but Active
Venture was all out and might find it hard enough in restricted company
although there is no doubt there is ability there. The second and third
ran creditably and others who took the eye were Incroyable Mais Vrais
(more settled than previously), Over the Urrin and Roman Way (completing
for the first time and seemingly going the right way).
ground was softish although the runners were finishing well until the
ground got churned up. Even then there were plenty of finishers in the