Former national champion rider Leslie Jefford enjoyed two
winners at Wadebridge, division one and two of the maiden, and with David
Pipe training the winner of division three, current leading rider Ashley
Farrant would have been likely to have had three winners had he not broken
a bone in his hip earlier in the week.
All three horses were hot favourites. Jefford won division
one on Great Jubilee, trained by Pipe, getting up to beat Lirkimalong (Sue
Young) by four lengths. His second win was on the 11-1 on, highly thought
of Just Sally, trained by Farrant at his yard near Bampton.
Jefford’s luck ran out in the third maiden where he had a
crashing fall at the second open ditch on Yorkshire Terrier while Pipe’s
winner, Sajomi Rona, was partnered by Tim Eades.
The men’s open was won by Its Not Simple (Ben Trickey) at
14-1 and saw connections in before the stewards due to the horses’ much
improved form. It was
accepted that the much faster ground at Wadebridge was the reason. The
smart Doublet (Richard Woollacott) could only make second although it is
only a matter of time before this horse is in the winners’ enclosure.
Destin D’estruval was only two lengths back in third.
The ladies’ open went to Breteche and Elise Newman – the
pair been second at the
course previously on the jockey‘s first ride and this time they went one
better, comfortable beating Lirsleftover (Sue Young).
One of the closest finishes of the day was in the Restricted
where Alan and Jane Walter’s Parte Prima upgraded, under a good ride for
Richard Woollacott – his sixth win of the season. Alan Walter had been unsure as to whether they would beat
favourite Kestick and had also deliberated about whether to run the horse
on the fast drying ground for two hours before the race! Woollacott was
second three times during the day and Polly Gundry
had finished in the frame in three previous races before making it to
number one on Tony’s Time in the Intermediate.
The confined hunts race, first on the card, was second
fastest of the day, and was won by Lucy Gardner on County Bash who stayed
on strongly. The horse, owned and trained by Lucy’s aunt Roma Cook, had
won at the course at the previous meeting and was second at this meeting
Results: Confined Hunts: 1, County Bash, Miss L Gardner; 2,
Wag the Brush, Miss P Gundry; 3, Dark Challenger, R Darke. Seven ran,
1/2l, 1l, 6.06.
Ladies’ Open: 1, Breteche, Miss E Newman; 2, Lirsleftover,
Miss S Young; 3, Handsome Henry, Miss S Gaisford. Six ran, 4l, 2l, 5.59.
Open Maiden Div One: 1, Great Jubilee, L Jefford; 2,
Lirkimalong, Miss S Young; 3, Native Christie, A Glassonbury. Nine ran,
4l, 2l, 6.15.
Div Two: 1, Just Sally, L Jefford; 2, Cut Down The Sound,
Miss S Gaisford; 3, Maori Chief, Miss P Gundry. Eight ran, 3l, 2l, 6.21.
Div Three: 1, Sajomi Rona, T Eades; 2, Beachtime, Miss P
Gundry; 3, Lingering Fog, Miss M McCarthy. 12 ran, 1l, 1/2l, 6.09.
Men’s Open: Its Not Simple, B Trickey; 2, Doublet, R
Woollacott; 3, Destin D’Estruval, T Dennis. Six ran, 5l, 2l, 6.15.
Restricted: 1, Parte Prima, R Woollacott; 2, Kestick, Miss T
Cave; 3, Acting Tough, Mrs M Hand. Six ran, 1/2l, 2l, 6.16.
Intermediate: 1, Tony’s Time, Miss P Gundry; 2, Timpani, R
Woollacott; 3, Wild Bavard, T Dennis. Five ran, 10l, 15l, 6.17.