SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2003
by Alison Morris
the two impostors just the same.
the paraphrase but that can be the only way to describe the Roger
Wilcox’s day at Llanvapley. After Hee’s a Dancer’s runaway success
in the Ladies open, the winning owner and rider were to have their prize
put in doubt after an objection was raised about the weight the horse
carried. I cannot comment on what weight the horse actually carried as
this was not added to the race card, and the number board was hoisted and
lowered more times before the Ladies open than a flag on a brief Royal
visit, and the accuracy of the announcements was a little erratic (Young
Manny to carry 13 stone; excuse me??)
Roger was determined that his horse had carried the right weight;
reading the conditions the maximum he could have carried would have been
11st 7lb, but that will be for the Jockey Club stewards to
decide. The objection was not lodged by the connections of second placed
horse Young Manny; who were well appreciative of the fact that had Tuscano
not broken down so badly at the second last they would only have been
third, but by an outside party. There has been much speculation on the
reason for this, and some of them sound rather accurate, but all I shall
say is that birds in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones. And I shall
leave it at that.
the rest of the day Willmoss walked over in the members; Mecca Prince was
a rather fortunate, but well deserved winner of the Confined after the
departure of the well-fancied Killula Lad. The horse managed to floor
Detroit Davy at the same time, leaving Absent Citizen not wanting to be
left out and dumping Steve Blackwell on the dirt without touching it
himself. Steve is still nursing his back injury and didn’t take too
kindly to landing on the roughest part of the track.
Waders, who wouldn’t look out of place in a show Hunter class,
had a walk in the park to take the Open under James Tudor, giving James a
double for the day. Not to be outdone Dai Jones took both parts of the
restricted with the well-fancied Book’s Way and the equally well backed
Gold Kriek. Book’s ways performance led to high hopes for Gwyn
Phillips’s other runner in the maiden but the horse was pulled up after
losing his action.
Fizz, coping with a saddle that was nearer her tail than her withers,
tired at the last under Tim Vaughan and ran a little green once she hit
the front; but it was still a game performance from a mare who only beat
one horse in her three starts under rules, and has benefited from another
year on her back.
The fields for the day were not large due to the firm ground, and sadly this is another case of a hunt that wants to take money but doesn’t want to out back. There is a river alongside the track and there was NO NEED for the ground to be in that state. The Glamorgan are watering Saturday’s track and will do so up until the day in the hope of recovering the reputation they lost last year. The entries are not great and many may make the journey to Maisemore on Sunday including Evan Williams, who has only a couple of entries. Evan himself was lame on Saturday his fall from Dam The Breeze in the Foxhunters compounding to his injuries from Howick, lets hope his back in the saddle soon.