MILBORNE ST ANDREW
SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2003
by Brian & Gill Armstrong
Despite bitterly cold
weather, spectators enjoyed an excellent day’s racing at the South
Dorset Hunt’s point-to-point at Milborne St Andrew on Sunday.
Sally Alner’s four winners were highlighted by a first-ever win for
19-year-old Stoke Wake rider Dan Drake and by Kingscliff’s easy win in
the Men’s Open.
opening 13-runner Restricted race went to Tony’s Time, who led four out
for a comfortable 12 length success under Nick Mitchell. The horse is one
of four owned and trained by solicitors Sarah and Nigel Faulks at their
South Molton home. Sarah and Nigel bought Tony’s Time and his dam, Time
Warp, seven years ago.
Boy and Rupert Tory led two out to take the Hunt race by 10 lengths from
Spring Marathon, with Chism back in third. This was a second career winner
for Reading University graduate Rupert, 24, who is keen to take up a job
in the racing industry. Bardon Boy is owned by Rupert’s parents, Norman
and Monica, and brother Andrew, and is trained by Monica at Winterborne
Whitechurch, just a few miles from the course. Norman recalled training
Buckshee, ridden by Monica to win the corresponding race at Badbury Rings
back in 1971.
Ladies’ Open went to Jill Miller’s Miss O’Grady and Rachel Green,
who were left well clear when the challenging Mister Benjamin, a first
ride for 20-year-old Chloe Roddick, departed at the second last. Miss
O’Grady is likely to be aimed at the Dick Woodhouse Hunter Chase at
Wincanton on 6th March, while Mister Benjamin is definitely one to look
out for in the future.
Sendall’s Kingscliff qualified for the Cheltenham Foxhunters with an
unchallenged win in the Men’s Open under Richard Young. Kingscliff was
bought as a three-year-old in Ireland and is named after a covert close to
Arnold’s North Petherton home. Kingscliff has recovered well from a
hairline fracture of his pedal bone sustained last autumn and looks a
worthy favourite to bring the Cheltenham Foxhunters Challenge Cup back to
the West Country on 13th March.
Wilde made most of the running to take the Countryside Alliance Club
Members Novice Riders race and give 19-year-old Stoke Wake rider Dan Drake
his first winner from just four rides. Oscar Wilde jumped beautifully for
Dan, who has been associated with the Alner yard for six years. Trainer
Sally Alner was especially keen to credit former owner Paul Green who gave
Oscar Wilde as a schoolmaster for the stable staff to ride in
One of the Confined Maiden went to Ardmore and Amanda Bush who were
prominent throughout and forged clear of Kitford with Scarlet Glory in
third. Ardmore is trained at Cullompton by Amanda’s mother Ollie, and is
owned by step-father Grant Cann.
Alner completed her four-timer in Division Two when Dido Harding steered
Proby Lady home ahead of Cruisewell and Panhandle, the only other
finishers. Proby Lady was bought privately in Ireland four months ago for
Dido and London patent attorney Alice Findlay as a replacement for their
Cardinal Gayle, retired to the South Dorset hunting field.
Racing enthusiasts can enjoy a pre-Cheltenham Festival Review Night with top NH trainer Paul Nicholls in Ansty on March 9. All profits from the evening will go towards the restoration of St James’ Church, Milton Abbas. For enquiries/tickets call (01258) 881275.