Racecards ran out at the popular Cornish Trebudannon track,
such was the size of the crowd, and the Four Burrow meeting had a real holiday atmosphere.
And if anyone was in any doubt that point to pointing is inextricably
linked with hunting then they need look no further.
Two of the most impressive winners this season have been hunted week
in week out on Dartmoor by their owners.
Lady Misprint, bought out of a field unbroken by
his owner John Jordan as a six year old, anihilated the field to take
the 12 runner Restricted the mare's second win in only two outings.
Porto set a cracking pace, with Derek McKenna poised just
behind and the rest of the field trailing but, with a circuit to go, Lady
Misprint drew clear and at one point was two fences ahead of her rivals.
Second-placed Virgos Bambino, herself no slouch, was never able to get in a
blow at the winner.
Punters had 20p in the pound of their winnings deducted from
their winnings when Aller Combe was withdrawn not under orders. Jockey Les
Jefford was kicked in the elbow by another runner and in the chaos, Aller
Combe broke free and galloped off to the box park. Eventually retrieved and
a replacement jockey found, Aller Combe became upset when being resaddled
and was withdrawn by the stewards.
Lady Misprint was the second leg of a double for trainer Nicky Frost. Husband Jimmy's Longstone Lady had won the first division of the two and a half mile maiden, getting home ahead of Alfie Ford's smart five year old Hooray Henry who surely has much more to come. Frost looked to be heading for a treble when Sarah Gaisford aimed to make all on Winnie The Pooh. But she was overhauled by Sue Young on the fast finishing Charminsky in the maiden for horses eight years old and up.
The other impressive youngster on parade was the previously unraced five-year-old Ryders Hill, trained by Dartmoor huntsman Mike Weir. On the final circuit of the two and a half mile maiden (Div Two) there was never going to be another winner, as Richard Darke easily moved Ryders Hill up from fourth to take the lead and win by half a length. Weir was almost celebrating a double but his Teninarow, a winner on the course last season, had to give best to the great old campaigner Itsnotsimple ridden by Tamsin Trickey, who put in a gutsy performance.
Dual hunter chase winner Kestick took the Open as he pleased
in Charlie Rush's green and white colours., held up by
Tabitha Cave for a fourth victory of the season.
Members : 1, Let's Fly, Mrs M Hand; 2, Indian Raider, R Chapman; 3, Baldu JayArr, Miss L Gardner. Seven ran, 8l, dist, 5.53.
Confined: 1, Itsnotsimple, Mrs T Trickey; 2, Teninarow, R Darke; 3, Moorland Rose, Miss D Mitchell. Five ran, 1/2l, 3l, 5.53.
2m4f maiden, 5, 6, 7yo Division One: 1, LongstoneLady, D
McKenna; 2, Hooray Henry, T Dennis; 3, Little Apple Bay, Miss S Gaisford.
Eight ran, 1/2l, 2l, 4.56.
Division Two: 1, Ryders Hill, R Darke; 2, Whats Up Maid, M Munrowd; 3, Northern Thatch, I Hambly. Seven ran, 1/2l, 2l, 5.00.
Open: 1, Kestick, Miss T Cave; 2, Hasten Bak, Miss L Gardner; 3, Dark
Challenger, Miss S Gaisford.Five ran, 3l, 4l, 5.55.
Restricted: 1, Lady Misprint, D McKenna; 2, Virgos Bambino, A Charles
Indiana John, T Dennis. 12 ran, dist,1/2l, 5.47
Maiden eight year olds and up: 1, Charminsky, Miss S young;
2, Winnie The Pooh, Miss S Gaisford; 3, Truicear, R McCarthy. 10 ran. 1l,