SAM Burton was counting his lucky stars after completing a remarkable across-the-card double on Tinelyra at the Cazenove Capital and Old Berkshire Hunt meeting at Lockinge, near Wantage. Burton had travelled from Paxford where he had already enjoyed one huge slice of fortune when he was left to take the members' race on Red Inca after Big Man Doe refused at the last. And the 19-year-old, who works for Tom Lacey at Woolhope in Herefordshire, saw his day get even better with an incredible win aboard Tinelyra in the Charles Russell Speechlys PPORA Club Members Conditions Race. Burton looked set for third place in the three-runner field on the 13-year-old, trained by Max Comley at Cirencester, after jumping the last as Brandy And Red went clear only to run wide on the final bend and unseat Liam Harrison as he veered back to his left. That left Brians Well in the front, but his rider, James Turner, eased up before the line and Burton swooped late on Tinelyra to score by two lengths.
Turner was fined £150 after the stewards found that he failed to ride out for the best possible placing. Burton, who was recording his first double, said: "I saw Liam go and I thought I would try and get as close to the second as we could and I saw yer man stood up and we ran on. He loves going down hills and he flew. I had a winner at Paxford on Red Inca, which was very fortunate, so I am very lucky to have had two very lucky winners." Comley, who owns Tinelyra with friends Zack Davidson and Sam Fizor in the We Agreed To This On The Sesh Partnership, announced the veteran would now head into retirement. "He owes us nothing," he said. "He has retired now and will have a home for life with us. I rode him when I was riding last year and rode round Cheltenham and we've had some great days out with him."
Lily Bradstock celebrated her first double on Southfield Theatre and Peddler, with the pair trained at nearby Letcombe Bassett by her mother, Sara, who was recording her first brace of winners. Bradstock saw a commanding lead on Southfield Theatre, owned by Southfield Racing headed by Angela Yeoman, whittled away by Newsworthy and George Henderson in the Cazenove Capital Mixed Open before her mount pulled clear to score by eight lengths. Lily said: "Once he gets in front he thinks he has won and is very idle, but once another horse comes to him then he goes again. I needed company because he was looking around and having some fun." Sara added: "We just wanted to give him a nice time after he ran in the Foxhunters at the Festival. He will probably go back to Cheltenham for the hunter chase meeting."
The Bradstocks made it a quick-fire double when Peddler took the Savills Open Maiden by five lengths, with George Henderson again having to settle for the runners-up berth on Bespoke Cave. Lily said: "Everyone has been joking all week about me riding my first double, but I've done it now." The five-year-old is owned by the Peddler Partnership headed by Peter Armitage, and Sara commented: "We bought him as an unbroken horse. He is a baby and this was a learning experience."
Phil York also landed a double on Timmie Roe and Kaiden Michael. However, it came at a cost as his victory on Kaiden Michael saw him pick up a £250 fine for excessive use of the whip, hitting his horse in the wrong place and not giving it time to respond. The seven-year-old, trained by Stuart Sampson at Culmstock in Devon, looked to be coasting to victory in the 2m 5f Restricted Race as he jumped the last ahead of sole rival Wild Ginger and Nick Phillips. However, Kaiden Michael hung badly right coming round the final bend allowing Wild Ginger to nip up the inside and take the lead. York did well to get his mount going again, and Kaiden Michael rallied gamely to get home by a length and a half. The winning rider said: "The silly thing is I have ridden that horse before and I forgot all about him doing that. It happens when they try to go back to the horseboxes. He knows where the lorries are and wanted to get home." Owner Garth Whisker, from Clayhidon in Devon, said: "We warned Phil about the bend. We ran him here last year and he nearly ran Phil off the course. He is lucky really." Sampson was completing an across-the-card double after Ruggiero triumphed at Trebudannon.
York's earlier success on Timmie Roe had been much more straightforward as the eight-year-old racked up a seven-timer in a match for the Bear at Wantage (Arkell's) PPORA Club Members Conditions Race for Veteran and Novice Riders. Making all the running, the gelding, from Tim Underwood's Beedon stables, near Newbury, strolled home by ten lengths from Too Scoops and Brooke Gardner-Wollen to regain his outright lead in the Connolly's RED MILLS National Champion Horse standings.
Order In Court rattled up a hat-trick in the Humphrey Butler Old Berkshire Hunt Members, Subscribers & Farmers Race after finishing alone with sole rival Gizzit breaking a fetlock on the flat early in the contest, and sadly having to be put down. The Neil Thomas-trained 13-year-old was pulled up by York following the fourth fence leaving Fred Henderson to come home in his own time on Order In Court, trained by his father, James, at Buscot Park, near Faringdon. Fred said: "It was very lonely doing that, but he is such a honest horse and kept chugging away. I think it's because he has hunted a bit." James added: "I was just as nervous watching it. It is nerve-racking when they are alone."
The meeting was preceded by two pony races, sponsored by Pinewood School, Bourton, for the Deacon's Perpetual Trophy with Joe Leavy, 13, from Stoke-on-Trent, winning the first on Halley.
Victory in the second went to Elliot England, 15, from Naunton in Gloucestershire, aboard Buddys Girl.