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East Cornwall at Great Trethew
Sunday 25th February 2018
by Granville Taylor

THE East Cornwall meeting attracted a healthy total of 71 runners as the planned six-race card expanded to eight, with two overfilled races divided on the day. On going described as perfect, a good sized crowd ignored the cold weather beneath a cloudless sky at Great Trethew..

A field of 11 lined up for the Mixed Open, which developed into a battle between Herbert Park and Whenharrymetsally in the closing stages. The well backed Herbert Park produced more fluent jumps than his rival over the last two fences and held on grimly up the short run-in under his 20-year-old jockey Rex Dingle. Ray Alford shares ownership of the winner with his sister Margaret and also trains the eight-year-old, saying. "He is a lovely horse I bought last August out of David Pipe's yard." The gelding held winning form under rules and looks useful pointing material.

Despite a disappointing run from Robin De Souza in the Open, the Dean Summersby yard still went home to Lifton with a double. Clondaw Bunny was given a positive Darren Edwards ride to win the 15-runner Open Maiden for young horses, and reported, "He is very raw and babyish and will do well next season."

Bryan Carver partnered the stable's other winner as Chosen Lucky strolled home unchallenged to take the Novice Riders' race for the Little Acres Racing Club.

The Irish born jockey is making a name for himself in Westcountry pointing circles, and displayed his versatility as 10-1 chance Hot Ryan showed a nice turn of foot to win a section of the point-to-point flat race. This relatively new innovation of introducing "bumper type" flat races to point-to-pointing for young horses has taken off well, and Sunday's JRL sponsored event was particularly well supported.. Ashburton based ex-jockey Chris Honour trains the Midnight Legend five-year-old Hot Ryan for owner/breeder Geoff Thompson, .and said, "He had a nice introduction at Barbury when he was half fit and our objective could be the Goff's Exeter bumper. (24th April) .

The other division of the flat race went to the useful looking four-year-old The Roestone, who runs in the colours of Andrew and Sue Knox. Robert Chanin trains this Vinnie Roe gelding and said, "He was bought at Fairyhouse last August and has been pleasing us. We knew he had an engine as he has been working well on Stuart Kittow's gallops." The Roestone was ridden by 26-year-old Lee Drowne. The accomplished jockey is a cousin to the recently retired top flat jockey Steve Drowne.

The older horses Maiden over two and a half miles was also divided on the day. Horwood Lad mastered Mountain Las and Port Navas to win the first section despite a bad mistake at the last. The eight-year-old achieved a timely success for syndicate head Jenny Boucher (nee Congdon), whose mother Judy sadly passed away earlier in the week. Joe Tickle saddled the winner, nicely handled by Kieren Buckley, another young jockey making a name for himself.

Elizabeth's Wish was given an intelligent front running ride by 20-year-old Christopher Barber to come home unchallenged in the other division. The young jockey saved enough energy for the grey to coast home. Jointly owned by Emma Mellor and Jeff Fear, and trained at Cheddar Gorge by Emma, this sturdy Fair Mix mare was fitted with first time headgear. "She is not an easy horse and can be buzzy and keen. Christopher has done a good job with her," remarked the trainer.

The concluding Restricted almost became a flat race when eight of the 19 jumps had to be omitted due to the low sun. The two outsiders Syracuse's Dream and Arcs Abound were allowed an easy lead by the chasing field and the race lay between this duo from the top of the hill. 25- 1 chance .Syracuse's Dream found the better finishing pace to give 19-year-old Barnaby Treneer his second career winner. "He liked the track and felt good from an early stage," explained the rider, who is in his first year studying geography at Keeble College, Oxford.

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